25th Annual Pain Management Symposium

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Our Quadranscentennial Anniversary – Celebrating 25 Years of Providing Pain Education

Friday, December 3, 2021
7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. PT
Live, Virtual Broadcast

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions and other unexpected events, the date of this course has been moved from October to Friday, December 3, 2021.

For access to the accredited recording of last year's virtual symposium, please visit our  past pain symposium site.

The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps caused the most disruptive and innovative changes to the practice of medicine. Where has this left pain management? For our 25th Annual Pain Management Symposium, our quadranscentennial, we have decided to take a new look at some of the topics we covered in the past to assess where we are now and look forward to the future. The course will cover the evolving areas of pain management and sports medicine.

As part of the quadranscentennial celebration, we have also put together a week of complimentary, state-of-the art lectures leading up to the full-day, virtual symposium on Friday, December 3.  The four daily, lunch-time grand rounds, Monday, Nov. 29 to Thursday, Dec. 2, will be virtually given by national experts from around the U.S.  Visit our celebration week page for more information and to register for each daily session. *This is separate from this symposium registration and is free of charge.

The actual symposium on Friday, December 3, will be live via virtual broadcast. Our focus is the busy health care providers interested in both what can be done for pain patients in the clinic, and how they can advise them on possible further therapies. The participant will receive the latest evidence-based ideas on the neuro-physiology of pain, opioid tapering, building diversity and inclusion into practice, and more.

We hope you can join us for some, or all, of the offered programs and celebrate with us twenty-five years of imparting practical knowledge and care for patients with persistent pain.

Intended Audience: All health care providers who treat patients suffering from acute, chronic or peri-operative pain, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and residents. The conference will be most beneficial for the following specialties: Family Medicine, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Pain Management, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

View more information about the symposium below.  Registration options and fees are listed under the "Fees" tab. To register, select the button below to be directed to the registration portal.



More faculty will be revealed over the next two weeks!

Nwando Anyaoku, M.D., MPH, MBA - TBD
Chief Health Equity Officer
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Miroslav “Misha” BaĨkonja, M.D.
Clinical Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Wilson Chang, M.D., MPH
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
Interventional Spine and Pain Management
Swedish Medical Center

Karen D. Davis, Ph.D., FCAHS, FRSC
Professor, Department of Surgery and Institute of Medical Science
University of Toronto
President, Canadian Pain Society
Head, Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour
Krembil Brain Institute, Krembil Research Institute
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nate Hadley, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Functional Restoration Program
Swedish Pain Services
Seattle, WA

Gordon Irving, M.D.
Retired Physician
Former Medical Director of Pain Services
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

E. Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Pain Mechanisms Laboratory
Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Center of Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

Mardia Shands, M.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP - TBD
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Steven Stanos, D.O.
Medical Director
Swedish Pain Services
Medical Director
Swedish Health System Pain Medicine
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Fangfang Xing, M.D.
Pain Medicine and Interventional Specialist
Swedish Pain Services
Seattle, WA

Cong Yu, M.D.
Pain Management, Anesthesiology
Swedish Pain Services
Seattle, WA

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias.


Steven Stanos, D.O., Course Co-Chair
Gordon Irving, M.D., Course Co-Chair
Danielle Posadas, CME Specialist Sr.



Overall Course Learning Objectives:

By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Discuss and apply evidence-based treatment and guidelines to improve care for patients with chronic and acute pain including those in an inpatient setting 
  • Review updates in evolving and advanced pain management treatment including regenerative medicine, and spinal cord stimulation 
  • Review the risks of opioid addiction and misuse, opioid tapering/titration guidelines, schedules and conversions 
  • Discuss the latest knowledge on brain changes for those in chronic pain 
  • Educate patients about the sensitized nervous system and how it affects pain perception 
  • Diagnose and treat common shoulder and knee pain and conditions
  • Recognize how to build diversity and inclusion into your practice


Accreditation with Commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advanced practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).

American Nurses Credentialing Center - ANCC accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

American Academy of Physician Assistant - AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 7.75 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this course.

PTs/PTAs in Washington State:
In Washington State courses provided to Physical Therapists (PTs) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) do not need to be pre-approved by any official authority in order for the PT/PTA to receive CEUs. It is the responsibility of the PT/PTA to determine whether or not a course is applicable to their scope of practice.  Please review the course content on this website to make your determination.  If you deem this course eligible and attend, after the course you will receive a completion certificate listing the hours of education received from the course for your submission records.
PTs/PTAs form other states needing to confirm that their state boards of PT will approve the CEUs they have received from the course as requirements may differ by state.



The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps caused the most disruptive and innovative changes to the practice of medicine, and pain management care was no exception. Managing comprehensive care plans for patients with pain was already complicated before this pandemic with changing opioid prescription guidelines, chronic pain ICD classification system changes, new non-pharmaceutical care options, and evolving behavioral health techniques and recommendations. For instance, Cognitive behavioral therapy has been tested in primary care settings for pain management care, however, there is very little published to guide providers in applying these techniques in real-world practices. For our 25th Annual Pain Management Symposium, there is a need to take a new look at some of the topics we covered in the past to assess changes in care techniques over time, where we are now, and look forward to where pain management is heading in our new normal. Health care providers need strategies and information to give patients with pain the best evidence-based, comprehensive care options during these changing times.

Millions of people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and pain treatment and management spans across most medical disciplines. Despite huge strides in understanding pain, major gaps still exist between that understanding and consistent pain diagnosis and treatment across specialties and communities.

In particular, there have been advances over the last decade in understanding the relationship between the sensitized nervous system and pain pathways. There is ongoing research showing how recognition and education on the sensitized nervous system and pain management both for providers and patients can improve the health and outcomes for chronic pain patients.  Our local experts note a lack of access to resources and information on how to provide sensitized nervous system education to patients to help them take charge of their own pain, often resulting in increased specialist referrals and more costly or unnecessary treatment.

This symposium will give health care professionals the knowledge and skills to navigate pain management for patient care in an increasingly changing world. The course will cover the evolving areas of pain management and sports medicine. The participant will receive the latest evidence-based ideas on the neuro-physiology of pain, opioid tapering, regenerative medicine, spinal cord stimulation and bone health. This information will enable attendees to update their practices for this emerging online healthcare world and provide the best care options for their patients with pain.


  Early Bird 
by Oct. 4
by Nov. 22
M.D./D.O. $220 $245*
Allied Health Professional
(ARNP, Nurse, PA, etc.) Needs CE credit.
$110 $135*
Resident, Fellow or Medical Student $25 $35

*After Nov. 22 add $30 to the advance registration price.

Registration Information
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by the "Advance Registration" date will receive a reminder email after Monday, November 22, 2021. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment. 

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Monday, November 29, 2021.

Special Accommodations
If you require accommodations to participate, please contact Swedish CME at cme@swedish.org or 206-386-2755.

Registration Fees
The fees for this course includes all instruction materials, virtual event access, recorded lecture access, and a certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This symposium may be financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support. A complete listing of commercial supporters is not available at this time. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.