MassPI holds one pain education conference in the Fall. Conferences provide educational content that offer continuing education contact hours for various health care professionals, depending on the program. The webinar is a new conference format for MassPI that provides more opportunities to feature guest speakers from around the country to provide pain education.

2022 Massachusetts Pain Initiative
Annual Pain Symposium

Webinar 10:00 am - 3:30 pm ET

Dr. Rebecca Baker's National Institutes of Health biographical information and some of her messages about the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative (HEAL) are available here.

Dr. Rebecca G. Baker - Our Keynote Speaker!

Rebecca G. Baker, Ph.D., is the director of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term® Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative®, in the Office of the Director, NIH. Dr. Baker leads coordination of NIH HEAL Initiative programmatic activities between the Office of the Director and relevant Institutes and Centers (ICs). She manages the Office of the NIH HEAL Initiative, including NIH HEAL Initiative staff, and oversees management of NIH HEAL Initiative governance committees. Dr. Baker helped develop the NIH HEAL Initiative, working closely with NIH and IC leadership. She also provides expert advice to and represents the NIH Director on initiative-related activities, including interagency efforts in pain and opioid research and policy.

Prior to holding this position, Dr. Baker was special assistant to the NIH Director and the Principal Deputy Director working directly with NIH leadership to analyze complex biomedical research policy issues and assist in the development of new science and policy initiatives. Before that, she worked in the NIH Office of Science, Outreach, and Policy, where she worked on legislative, communications, and policy issues. Dr. Baker also worked in the NIH Office of Science Policy, where she contributed to the development and implementation of the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy. Previously, she worked as a postdoctoral scientist using next-generation DNA sequencing to identify novel disease-causing genes in patients with rare immunological diseases. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

Dr. Ariel Savitz

Dr. Savitz is the Medical Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of New England and is an Assistant Professor of Tufts Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. She has spearheaded, along with head of pharmacy at Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital, a pain committee since April of 2019. Our pain committee focuses on decreasing opioid use during rehab stay and increasing use of modalities, pain consults by therapy, and increased interdisciplinary education of nursing, therapy and physicians on non-opioid pain interventions. Additionally, Dr. Savitz is passionate about and has practiced T’ai Chi and Qi Gong for the past 16 years. She has also competed in China winning a gold medal for a Qi Gong group Yang Shen performance and a bronze medal for a T’ai Chi square foot performance.

Dr. Andrea Gordon - An Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain: Beyond the Pills

Andrea Gordon, MD is Director of Integrative Medicine at the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Program at Cambridge Health Alliance, and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine, which she teaches residents and medical students, as well as offering integrative medicine patient care and consultations. A founding member of the organization Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US), she continues to work with them to help bring these modalities to all who can benefit. She served as faculty for the FMEC Integrative Health Learning Community (IHLC), designed to improve the delivery of person-centered integrative health practices into routine primary care, and has begun the first Integrative Medicine Educator Fellowship.