The award recognizes individual excellence and achievements in clinical pain scholarship and is presented to a pain professional whose total career research achievements have contributed significantly to clinical practice. Fillingim has also been asked to deliver a plenary lecture at the annual meeting by the Scientific Program Committee.
In 1984 he graduated from Mercer University in Savannah, Ga., with a B.A. in psychology. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he also received a Dean’s Award as the outstanding graduate student in the social sciences. Fillingim, an associate professor with the UF College of Dentistry, joined the college in 2000 in Public Health Services and Research. Fillingim also serves as a staff psychologist for the North Florida South Georgia VA Health System.
The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering.