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American Pain Foundation
Founded in 1997, the American Pain Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization serving people with pain through information, advocacy, and support. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain by raising public awareness, providing practical information, promoting research, and advocating to remove barriers and increase access to effective pain management.
WHAT WE DO
We accomplish this with a diversified base of support that includes foundations, industry, individuals, and other nonprofit organizations
WHAT PEOPLE WITH PAIN SHOULD KNOW
Our job at the American Pain Foundation is to provide people with pain with practical, up-to-date, scientifically-sound information about pain and pain management. We also encourage people with pain to learn all they can about pain and pain management treatment options, become their own best advocates, and demand the treatment they need and deserve.
If you are a person with pain, you should know that:
HISTORY: HOW AND WHY WE BEGAN
APF was founded in 1997 by three past presidents of the American Pain Society and leaders in pain management: James N. Campbell, MD, our current Board Chairman and Director of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins; Kathleen Foley, MD. Attending Neurologist, Pain & Palliative Care Services, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and John Liebeskind, Ph.D. They recognized that while there were organizations serving health care professionals providing pain management services, and other organizations representing commercial enterprises specializing in pain treatments, there were no grassroots organizations representing strictly the interests of people in pain. Our current board includes several additional leading experts on pain management.