The chief medical officer for OccMD Group PA in Dallas, Dr. Melissa Tonn is board certified in occupational medicine and holds a certification in pain management. Dr. Melissa Tonn also serves as a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), which will hold its 35th Annual Meeting in March 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Chronic pain affects more than 100 million adults in the country, making it a more prevalent health condition than cancer, diabetes, and heart disease combined. Today’s pain management professionals are charged with providing pain management solutions while minding a growing national opioid crisis, and addressing these issues together has become a priority for the chronic pain community. In recent years, this has led to the emergence of a range of innovative solutions.
For its 2019 meeting, the AAPM will focus on the theme “State-of-the-Art Advancements in Pain Medicine.” The meeting will offer a platform for exploring these new solutions and advocate for advancements in personalized, evidence-based, and mechanism-based clinical practices. Guest speakers will also make a case for patient-centered and multidisciplinary practices in pain medicine and encourage research that emphasizes innovative delivery models, devices, and treatments. Topics of discussion range from best practices in patient treatment and new therapies to the latest science and advancements using integrated multidisciplinary and multimodal approaches.