American Pain Society

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American Pain Society
FormationMarch 6, 1977 (1977-03-06)
ExtinctionJune 2019 (2019-06)
TypeMultidisciplinary community of scientists, clinicians and other professionals
Headquarters8735 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60631
Official language
Roger Fillingim, PhD
Key people
Chief Executive Officer: Carly Reisner

The American Pain Society (APS) was a professional membership organization and a national chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Disciplines represented include medicine, dentistry, psychology, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, basic science, government, law, business and industry. Regular, affiliate, student/trainee, and corporate memberships are available.[1]


On June 28, 2019, the APS commenced a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This followed a vote by the membership, followed by a vote by the board of directors.[2][3] The APS claimed that the reason was for the bankruptcy was the numerous legal expenses which resulted from lawsuits claiming the organization was acting as a front group for opioid drugmakers.[3][4]


The society's official journal is known as The Journal of Pain, which is published by Elsevier.[5] The fate of the journal in the wake of the bankruptcy is unclear.[3]


  1. ^ American Pain Society 2011 Annual Report (pdf) (Report). 2011.
  2. ^ "Update on the Society". American Pain Society. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Overman, Deborah (1 July 2019). "American Pain Society Files for Bankruptcy, Ceases Operations". Physical Therapy Products. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  4. ^ Clark, Cheryl (24 May 2019). "American Pain Society Seeks OK to Call It Quits". MedPage Today. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Aims". Elsevier. Retrieved 31 May 2013.