Clinical Pain Educators of the Year

Michael K. Perry, CRNA

Michael K. Perry is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in practice at the Comprehensive Pain Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Since 1997, he has provided pain management services to patients in a range of hospital, surgical center, and practice locations in Nebraska and Iowa.

Mr. Perry served as President, Fremont, Nebraska Regional Anesthesia Specialty Services, PC, Obstetric, Acute & Chronic Pain from 1993 to 1996, instituting acute, chronic, cancer, and OB pain programs. He received a BS in nursing from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota and took his Diploma in Anesthesia from Creighton–St. Joseph’s Hospital, Omaha.

He currently serves on the PPA/NPD Advisory Committee and on the Certification Examination Committee of the AAPM. Mr. Perry maintains a personal devotion to continuing education in anesthesia and pain management, with over 1000 hours accumulated since 1988. He has been a featured speaker at AAPM annual meetings and the Associations of Nurse Anesthetists in Nebraska, North Dakota, California, Tennessee, Colorado, and Oklahoma. He has participated in PAINWeek National Conferences for 3 years, and credits the comprehensive curriculum, collegial environment, and highly qualified faculty for enabling practitioners of all disciplines to better serve their patients with pain.

Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, FACIP, FACPE, FAAP

Dr. Zacharoff has been at the forefront of pain management practice and education for many years. He is a board certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of clinical practice experience in anesthesiology and pain medicine and is an active faculty member and clinical instructor at the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Zacharoff currently serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs for Inflexxion, Inc., a leader in healthcare information technology. A component of his work involves management of the web-based resource PainEDU®, a comprehensive online information source for health professionals with an interest in pain.

Dr. Zacharoff has authored a number of books and articles on the subject of pain management, including The Manual: A Pocket Guide to Pain Management; Managing Chronic Pain with Opioids in Primary Care; Your Guide to Pain Management: A Road Map for; and Cross-Cultural Pain Management: Effective Treatment of Pain in the Hispanic Population.

Dr. Zacharoff has been a member of the PAINWeek faculty since the inception of the conference, and he also contributes an active speaking and lecture schedule to pain meetings throughout the year. He maintains professional memberships in over a dozen medical and pain associations, and has provided valuable guidance as a longtime member of the board of the American Society of Pain Educators.

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