About the San Diego Pain Summit

The San Diego Pain Summit is a conference helping clinicians provide care for their patients based in current pain research.

This event was founded by Rajam Roose and formed in a spur of the moment idea. Back in 2014, she was organizing continuing education workshops for manual and physical therapists.

During a break at one workshop, she overheard the instructor asking the students (who had recently graduated from a physical therapy program) if they were learning updated pain research in their programs.  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 current pain research 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. Without any prior experience managing a conference, Rajam Roose created this event and found success from the start, as the idea received strong support from Professor Lorimer Moseley, who came all the way over from Australia to give two 90 minute keynote presentations at the premier event in 2015 in San Diego, California

The San Diego Pain Summit was born from a passion to create an event where clinicians can have a meeting space where it is okay to be uncertain, where it is understood that there are no definitive answers to treating pain.

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.

Under the umbrella of the San Diego Pain Summit, Rajam Roose has nurtured a supported space where clinicians can feel comfortable in asking the questions to help find deeper meaning in the frameworks that clinicians use with patients.

The San Diego Pain Summit is a grassroots event completely managed by Rajam, without any corporate sponsorship or grants and has thrived solely based on the support received from the presenters, who gladly share their expertise. And from the attendees who pay registration fees in order to attend these events.

Additionally, all conferences have been live-streamed and recorded since the premier event in 2015 and can be found on Pain Summit Online, which also helps support continuing Summit events. 


Past Summit Conferences

Click on year to open the drop down menu. All presentations can be viewed on Pain Summit Online.

  • Keynote: Professor Lorimer Moseley (Prof Moseley gave two - ninety minute talks but did not allow recording as they covered  unpublished research.)
  • 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
  • Keynote: Dr. Robert Sapolsky: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (did not allow his presentation to be recorded but did allow the sharing of the recording from the Q&A after his talk.)
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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
  • Keynote Dr. Melanie Noel: Remembering The Pain Of Childhood
  • Diarmuid Denneny: Psychologically Informed Practice: Beyond The Two Day Workshop
  • Lars Avemarie: The Future Of Pain Rehabilitation
  • Dr. Neil O'Connell: Low Back Pain - What Have Clinical Guidelines Ever Done For Us?
  • Cory Blickenstaff: The Next Edge Of Interaction
  • Dr. Marcos Lopez: Clouded Hope: Our Role In Addressing Opioid Use Disorder
  • Erik Ouellet: Deconstructing Palpation: The Illusion Of Touch
  • Ben Cormack: Making Movement Person Centered
  • Joletta Belton and Keith Meldrum: The Lived Experience: A Conversation About Pain
  • Jamie Lowy: Chronic Pain Management In Low Income And Homeless Populations
  • Dr. Jarod Hall: Becoming A Responsible Human Interactor
  • Dr. David Walton: Blood, Spit, Hair, and Poop: How Novel Biomarkers Are Shedding New Light On The Transition To Chronic Pain
  • Panel Discussion with Dr. Sandy Hilton, Dr. Maxi Miciak, Dr. Mark Milligan, and Dr. Uchenna Ossai: Transforming The Way We Think And Do Health And Health Care
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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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