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ASRA 2012 | Pain Medicine & Regional Anesthesia Meeting

John J. Bonica Award 


2012 John J. Bonica Lecturer


The John J. Bonica Award honors the abundant contributions that Dr. Bonica made to the field of pain medicine. Dr. Bonica developed a deep empathy for patients afflicted with intractable pain. He was determined to help them manage their pain better. He was one of the first scientists to realize that acute pain and chronic pain were distinct entities and should, therefore be treated differently. He acknowledged that managing a patient’s suffering was not the same as treating a patient’s pain. He championed the collaboration of specialists from multiple disciplines in the evaluation and treatment of patients with chronic pain. Dr. Bonica truly believed that all practitioners involved must understand the anatomy, physiology, and psychology of the patient with chronic pain in order to provide the most comprehensive and appropriate care. He earnestly believed that education of the professionals caring for patients with chronic pain was a vital force for favorably changing the quality of the patient’s life.



Dr. Jianren Mao, M.D., PhD


The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is honored to present Jianren Mao, M.D., PhD as the 2012 John J. Bonica Lecturer.

The lecture will take place during the AWARDS and MEMBER LUNCH on Friday, November 16, 11:30am-1:30pm (Fontaine Hall)


Nominees for this award, like Dr. Bonica, have demonstrated their passion for pain medicine through their contributions by way of research, teaching and/or clinical practice.

Jianren Mao, M.D., Ph.D. is the Richard J. Kitz Professor of Anaesthesia Research at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University and a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist.  Dr. Mao is the Vice Chair for Research, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and director of MGH Center for Translational Pain Research.  Dr. Mao is an associate editor for Pain, a section editor for Pain Medicine (translational research) and Anesthesia & Analgesia (Pain Mechanisms), an editorial board member of the Journal of Pain, Molecular Pain, and Journal of Neuropathic Pain, and a reviewer for over 30 professional journals.  He has served on a number of grant-reviewing study sections including U.S. National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Canadian Research Council, Austrian Science Foundation, and Danish Council for Strategic Research.  Dr. Mao has authored or co-authored over 130 publications and 75 abstracts and published, as sole editor, three books.