Lynn R. Webster, M.D., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.S.A.M.
Vice President of Scientific Affairs
PRA Health Sciences
Immediate Past President
American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
Welcome to our community—your community!
This unique website was designed to serve as a community for those suffering from pain. Here people can come together and share how they have been able to manage their pain; share solutions to how they live with their pain. I have spent my entire career fighting for appropriate therapy for the one in three Americans that suffer from chronic pain. I have heard endless stories from my patients about how no one understands them and their pain. They may feel alone. I understand this, and it is why I felt it was so important to build this community website where everyone can share and exchange their experiences. I think of it as a place to help people find virtual solutions.
Whether you are a person in pain yourself or a caregiver to someone in pain, this is a community where all can be heard and where stories are understood by others who know your story. This site is to let you know that you are not alone. Here you will hear the challenges others face and share experiences that may help others who a loss due to their pain. This is your community. We invite you to share your stories solutions.
Lynn R. Webster, M.D.
About Dr. Webster
Lynn R. Webster M.D., is a leading pain physician and researcher with a focus on the management of complex pain problems. Dr. Webster has long been an advocate for patients suffering from chronic pain and has fought for better education and safer therapies to address the twin crises of chronic pain and addiction in America.
For 25 years he treated patients with chronic pain, many of whom were at high risk for substance abuse. For 15 of those years, he also treated individuals with opioid addiction. The dual role lends Dr. Webster a valuable perspective: He is dedicated to treating patients in pain while simultaneously working to minimize the potential for harm from pain medications.
As developer of the Opioid Risk Tool (ORT), he is considered a world expert on how to assess patients for abuse risk with opioid medications. The ORT is currently used in multiple countries and thousands of clinics worldwide. He spends most of his time now developing safer and more effective therapies for chronic pain and campaigning for safer use of medications.
Dr. Webster earned his doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska and completed his residency in the University of Utah’s Department of Anesthesiology. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and is also certified in addiction medicine. Dr. Webster has given over 250 presentations across the United States and internationally. He lectures extensively and has authored over 300 scientific publications and a book entitled Avoiding Opioid Abuse While Managing Pain: A Guide for Practitioners. Dr. Webster is a senior editor toPain Medicine and former editor of the sections on Neuromodulation and Opioids, Substance Abuse and Addiction.
Dr. Webster is vice president of Scientific Affairs for PRA Health Sciences, a leading clinical research organization that operates in more than 80 countries. Dr. Webster also serves on the National Institutes of Health National Pain Strategy Working Group and is a past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.