ASPE Pain Educators of the Year
After a work injury left him with degenerative disc disease, failed back syndrome, and complex regional pain syndrome, Paul Gileno created U.S. Pain Foundation—a grassroots nonprofit organization to connect, inform, empower, and advocate for the pain community. It now has over 65,000 members with representation in every state. He empowers those suffering with pain and helps the general public better understand the toils and trials those with pain endure.
Among his contributions to advancing awareness: the pain warrior bracelet initiative; the INvisible Project, a national campaign of photography and stories (seen here at PAINWeek) illustrating the struggles and resilience of those with pain; Act 11-169 legislation, which has had a direct benefit on the medical care residents living with chronic pain receive.
Paul is on the PainPathways magazine Advisory Board and sits on numerous steering committees and advisory committees that focus on patient care and access. In May 2014, he was the recipient of the Grünenthal USA Unsung Hero Award for his stellar work in pain policy initiatives and significant contributions to advancing the social awareness of pain and suffering.