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About the San Diego Pain Summit

The San Diego Pain Summit is a continuing education pain science conference. This event was founded by Rajam Roose and formed in a spur of the moment idea. Back in 2014, she organized a continuing education workshop for manual therapists. During one of the breaks, she overheard the instructor asking a couple the students (who had recently graduated from a physical therapy program) if they had learned anything about pain science in school. And if they were familiar with pain research experts such as Patrick Wall, David Butler, Lorimer Moseley, etc.

The students nodded their heads, yes, and then one spoke out and replied: "Yes, we were taught about pain science at my school but I have no idea how to apply it into my practice."

A flash of an idea and the Summit was born. The San Diego Pain Summit aims to connect clinical practice and pain research together under one roof in an interdisciplinary gathering.

The San Diego Pain Summit conference format is linear, affording each participant access to all of the presentations available without having to choose between equally relevant and important topics.

The sense of community is another key reason people attend the Summit, and the value of community is fostered and strengthened throughout the Summit through the casual Networking Event, during breaks, and in the hands-on workshops.

Click the corresponding year to view Speakers & topics from prior San Diego Pain Summit conferences:

  • 2015 Conference
    • Keynote: Professor Lorimer Moseley
    • Dr. Jason Silvernail: Crossing The Chasm: Integrating Pain Science And Finding Your Way
    • Kara Barnett: Multi-Model Approach To Chronic Pain In An HMO Environment
    • Cory Blickenstaff: Novel Movement Opportunities Using The 'Edgework' Approach
    • Dr. Joe Brence: The M.I.P. Algorithm: A Clinically Applicable Model For Motor Control
    • John Ware: Neurodynamics From The Top, Down
    • Barrett Dorko: Simple Contact: Role Of Instinct To Self Correct
    • Diane Jacobs: Making Connections: Manual Therapy For The Nervous System In Pain
    • Dr. Eric Kruger: Making Progress In The Face Of Uncertain Pain
    • Dr. Ravensara Travillian: Stories From The Clinic: What I Wished I Had Known About Pain Science
    • Neil Pearson: Yoga Therapy As A Vehicle For Pain Science Education


  • 2016 Conference
    • Keynote: Dr. Robert Sapolsky: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    • Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti: Placebo & Nocebo: Different Contexts, Different Pains
    • Dr. Greg Lehman: When BioMechanics Matters
    • Alison Sim: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Dr. Sandy Hilton: Practical Pain Science In The Clinic
    • Dr. Ravensara Travillian: Professionalism Of Massage Therapy: Integration With Pain Science
    • Dr. Michael Shacklock: Clinical Application Of The Pain Paradigm: Challenging The Challenge
    • Dr. Bronnie Thompson: Getting From "Perhaps" To "Yes": Motivation, Confidence, and Communication
    • Dr. Kevin Vowles: Willingness To Have Pain & Commitment To Valued Living In Pain
    • Todd Hargrove: Insights On Movement From A Feldenkrais Perspective
  • 2017 Conference
    • Keynote Dr. Peter O'Sullivan: A Paradigm Shift In Understanding And Treating Back Pain
    • Dr. Roderick Henderson: Making Sense Out Of Exercise and Pain
    • Ben Cormack: Stepping Away From Exercise & Towards Movement
    • Dr. Jonathan Fass: Improving Pain Science Communication To Patients & Peers
    • Dr. Melissa Farmer: Birth & Death Of The Pain Engram
    • Dr. Jeffrey Mogil: Pain In Mice & Man: Ironic Adventures In Translation
    • Panel: Dr. Beth Darnall, Dr. Leonie Koban, & Dr. Christopher Moyer: Psychosocial Influences On Pain & Its Treatment
    • Collaboration Forum: Ben Cormack, Dr. Jonathan Fass, Dr. Jason Silvernail, & Nick Tumminello: Facilitating Professional Dialogue
    • Dr. Bronnie Thompson: Clinicians Get Creative (created by Paul Lagerman)
    • Carolyn Vandyken: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: The Missing Link In LBP?
  • 2018 Conference
    • Keynote Dr. Neil O'Connell: Negotiating The Evidence Maze In Persistent Pain
    • Dr. A. Vania Apkarian: The Brain In Chronic Pain
    • Dr. Nicholas V. Karayannis: Cultivating Mindfulness & Compassion In Our Lives
    • Dr. Greg Lehman: When BioMechanics Doesn't Matter: A Choose Your Own Adventure Lecture
    • Panel: Joletta Belton, Erin Jackson, & Mark Renard, Pain: The Patient's Perspective
    • Mike Stewart: More Than Words: How Can We Help People Express Their Experience Of Pain?
    • Dr. Laura Simons & Dr. Rikard Wicksell: Fear In Chronic Pain: Mechanisms In Effective Treatment
    • Dr. Mark Milligan: Implementing Pain Science Education Into Clinical Practice
    • Dr. Sarah Haag: Pregnancy Does Not Equal Pain
    • Dr. Mark Kargela: The Patient's Story: The Science Behind The Story
    • Dr. Bahram Jam: The Pain Truth & Nothing But: Simplifying Pain Education
    • Dr. Christopher Caldwell: Serenity Amidst Pushback
  • 2019 Conference
    • Keynote Dr. Antonio Damasio: About The Psychology Of Feeling
    • Dr. Maxi Miciak: Being Begets 'Doing': Establishing The Conditions Necessary For Cultivating Therapeutic Relationships
    • Sharna Prasad: As Providers, What We Say Matters....Matters A Lot
    • Dr. Mark Bishop: You, Them, Us: What You Expect Is What You Get
    • Shelly Prosko: A Case For Compassion In Pain Care
    • Dr. Karen Davis: Are We Ready To Translate Research Into Practice? How Brain Imaging Studies Of Chronic Pain Is Being Used To Develop Personalized Pain Management Treatment Plans
    • Tim Beames: Evidence For Altered Body Perception In Pain
    • Dr. Keith Waldron: In Pursuit Of A Premise
    • Dr. Kathryn Schopmeyer: I Am Not A Number: Understanding & Improving Pain Assessment Mandates In Healthcare
    • Panel: Dr. Bronnie Thompson, Keith Meldrum, & Kira Stoops, Pain: The Patient's Perspective
    • Dr. Sandy Hilton & Dr. Mark Milligan: Even Superheroes Need A Hand
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Rajam Roose is the CEO & Founder of the San Diego Pain Summit, LLC. She was a massage therapist for 16 years and ran a digital consulting business for massage business owners for five years. Rajam has also published a memoir, Travels With A Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along The Roads Of The Americas, a travel narrative documenting 4.5 years she lived hitchhiking and vagabonding in four countries.

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