CME Rounds and Lectures

Watch the last Melzack Pain Lecture:

Elizabeth Leroux's MD, FRCPC talk on "Headaches”


We host CME rounds and lectures

Lunch Rounds: Mondays trainees present

Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Rounds: bi-weekly team discussions relating to clinical practice. (Accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)

Psychology Rounds: teachings about psychological aspects of pain assessment, treatment, and case discussion

Interventional Rounds: Once monthly (Accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada).

Melzack Pain Lecture Series: Wednesdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Speakers present on all aspects of chronic pain. The time slot also includes Frontiers in Pain Research Lecture Series organized by the Alan Edwards Center for Research on Pain featuring renowned scientists presenting in the field of pain research. If you would like to recommend a speaker email rebecca.binik [at] (Accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada).

McGill Pain Rounds 2018-2019

Date type Title Speaker
OCT 3 Frontiers in Pain Research Lecture Series Pushing the frontier of digital health to transform pain assessment and self-management Jennifer Stinson, RN-EC, PhD, CPNP, FAAN
Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
OCT 10      
OCT 17 PAIN ROUNDS Introduction to Behavioral Change Counseling Anda Dragomir, MSc. Doctoral Candidate, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre. CIUSS-NIM Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal
OCT 24      
OCT 31 Frontiers in Pain Research Lecture Series Pathways to Problematic Opioid Use in Chronic Pain: A Focus on Sleep

Patrick Finan, PhD.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

NOV 7 PAIN ROUNDS Interdisciplinary interventional pediatric pain Pablo Ingelmo, MD. Director Pediatric Pain Clinic, Montreal Children Hospital. McGill University
NOV 14      
NOV 21 PAIN ROUNDS Buprenorphine for chronic pain management Jordi Perez, MD, PhD. Associate Director, AEPMU. Director, Cancer Pain Clinic. Associate Professor, Anesthesia dept. McGill Univ
NOV 28      
DEC 5 Frontiers in Pain Research Lecture Series Transitional Pain Medicine: Improving Peri-Hospital Care as a model for change in Pain Management and Opioid prescribing Dr. Hance Clarke. Staff anesthesiologist and the Medical Director of the Pain Research Unit in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management at the Toronto General Hospital. Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto.
DEC 12      



PAIN ROUNDS Opioid Tapering Jordi Perez, MD, PhD. Associate Director, AEPMU. Director, Cancer Pain Clinic. Associate Professor, Anesthesia dept. McGill Univ
JAN 9      
JAN 16 PAIN ROUNDS Interactions between sleep disturbances and pain Samar Khoury, PhD. Human Pain Research Lab.
The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, McGill University,
JAN 23      
JAN 30 PAIN ROUNDS The History and Contingency of Experience Rob Boddice (PhD, FRHistS), is Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow, Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin and Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University.
FEB 6      


FEB 12

PAIN ROUNDS Traditional Chinese Medicine Marjorie Silcoff. Tradicional Chinese Medidicine Practitioner
FEB 20

Frontiers in Pain Research Lecture Series


Small-fiber Polyneuropathy, New Causes and Treatments

Anne Louise Oaklander Oaklander, MD, PhD. Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Associate in Neurology, Director, Nerve Unit. Assistant in Pathology (Neuropathology). Massachusetts General Hospital



SOS Violence Conjugal: Detection and Resources


Responsable du soutien et la formation at SOS Violence Conjugale

MAR 6      
MAR 13 PAIN ROUNDS Recovery Transition Program in mental health and addictions Kathryn Gill, PhD. Director of Research at the Addictions Unit of the McGill University Hospital Centre (MUHC), and an Associate Professor and member of the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University
MAR 20 Frontiers in Pain Research Lecture Series Somatosensation à la mode Dr. John Wood
Molecular Nociception Group, Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London (UK)
MAR 27 PAIN ROUNDS Microbiome analysis in fibromyalgic patients Amir Minerbi, MD, PhD. Clinical research fellow. Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit
APR 10      
APR 17


APR 24 Frontiers in Pain Research Lecture Series CANCELLED  
Harnessing the placebo response in clinical trials

Dr. Etienne Vachon-Presseau, PhD. Associate professor, Depts Dentistry and Anesthesiology, McGill University

The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain


Challenging Patient: Frustrated Clinician

Shall the twain ever meet?

Ann Gamsa, PhD. Psychologist and Pain Clinician
MAY 22 PAIN ROUNDS Symptom management through phone calls. The Cancer Pain Clinic experience Christelle Remy, BScn. Nurse at the MUHC Cancer Pain Program
MAY 29 PAIN ROUNDS Cancelled Cancelled
JUN 5    


JUN 12 PAIN ROUNDS Experiences in pain practice of a former McGill pain fellow Robert Urbanovicz, MD, FRCPC. Pain physician, Maisonneuve Rosemon Hospital
JUN 19 PAIN ROUNDS Stem cell therapies for musculoskeletal disorders Dmitriy Sheyn, Ph.D
Assistant Professor. Orthopedic Stem Cell Research Lab
Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute
Department of Orthopeadics and Department of Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Cent

Pain Rounds 2017-2018

Date TYPE Speaker
October 4

The McGill Center of Expertise in chronic pain - a learning health system

Regina Visca B. Eng., MBA, Administrative director of the McGill RUIS Centre of Expertise in Chronic Pain. & Sara Ahmed, PT, PhD. Associate Professor, McGill University. Faculty of Medicine, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy. McGill University Health Center, Clinical Epidemiology

October 11

Opioids and driving

Jamie Dow MD. Conseiller médical en sécurité routière. Direction de la recherche et du développement en sécurité routière.SAAQ

October 18 TBA  
October 25

Opioid tapering. State of the art and the literature

Jordi Perez, MD, PhD. Associate director, AEPMU. Associate professor Anesthesia, McGill Univ

November 1 TBA  
November 8

Pain and the microbiome - new horizons in pain research

Amir Minerbi, MD, PhD. McGill University. Clinical Research Pain Fellow

November 15



November 22

Money Matters

Louisette Larochelle. Social Worker. Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit.

November 29

Using mixed methods and qualitative methodologies to understand the experience of chronic pain

Jocelyne Feine, professor Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University

December 6

Pain Frontiers: Unraveling pain in dementia: From the laboratory to the smallest rural nursing home in Northern Saskatchewan

Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Ph.D., ABPP, FCAHS

December 13

Cannabis for pain management. When, What, How, For who?

Dr.Ware is Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University and is the Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of the McGill University Health Centre.

December 20

Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain in elderly individuals

Guillaume Léonard. Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Université de Sherbrooke

January 10

Synthesizing the evidence in chronic pain outcomes research. How can we pool the data and what do they mean?

Michael Andreae, MD. Penn State Hershey Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine

January 17

Chronic pain and suicide

Melanie Racine. Psychologist. Research Associate. University of Western Ontario. Lecturer, Faculté de médecine et des Sciences de la Santé, Centre de Formation Continue, Université Sherbrooke

January 24



January 31

Constance Lethbridge Rehabiliation Centre. Update on Clinical Programs for Pain Management

Natacha Viens. Chef d'administration de programmes-Secteur Atteintes Neuro-musculo-squelettiques. CIUSSS Centre-Ouest-de-l'île-de-Montréal, Site CR Constance-Lethbridge

February 7 TBA  

February 14

Transition from Pediatric to Adult Pain Management

Eduardo VEGA, MD. Former McGill Pediatric Pain Fellow. Current Chronic Pain Fellow, AEPM

Transition from Pediatric to Adult Pain Management


February 21

Pain Frontiers. Effectiveness of potential anti-fibrosis drugs in preventing the onset of sensorimotor declines in a rat model of work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Mary F. Barbe, PhD. Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology. Temple University

February 28

AEPMU Research Meeting

Dr. Ware is Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University and is the Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of the McGill University Health Centre.

March 7    

March 14

Homebase program with YMCA. Accepting, Learning, Thriving together

Richard Hovey PhD Associate Professor. Oral Health & Society Unit, Faculty of Dentistry. McGill University

March 21

Pain Frontiers: Scientific and clinical applications of quantitative sensory tests

Michele Curatolo, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Education and Research Endowed Professorship
UW Medicine

March 28

Quantification of paraspinal muscle composition from MRI images and LBP prevalence

Maryse Fortin. Postdoctoral associate in preventive health research at Concordia’s PERFORM Centre

April 4

From research to clinical practice: new insights for medical cannabis in pain management

Maria Fernanda Arboleda, MD (Supportive Care and Medical Cannabis Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)
Antonio Vigano, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, McGill University.

April 11


Brian Bradley, AEPMU General Administrator

April 18

Mind/Body approaches to chronic pain - Revisiting and old paradigm.

Thibault du Chéné, MA. Psychologist. ASCH Approved Consultant. Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Constance Lethbridge Rehab Center

April 25

Pain Frontiers. Ideal Health Systems for Pain

Patrick McGrath, OC, PhD, FRSC. Vice President Research. Centre for Pediatric Pain Research. Dalhouse University

May 2

Epigenetics: what is it and why should anyone care?

Laura Stone, PhD. Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University

May 9

Interfascial plane blocks. A review of techniques

Alshaima Almadani MD, McGill Clinical Pain Fellow

May 16

Innovative recruitment methods for research purposes

Nuzhat Nipa, MD. Research Assistant, AEPMU

May 23

Pain Frontiers. Translation regulation in neuropathic pain

Theodore John Price, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
UT Dallas

May 30

Neuroimaging Markers for Addiction: Are We There Yet?

Marco Leyton, PhD. Professor, Department of Psychiatry. McGill University
June 6

Cardiac coherence, self-regulation, autonomic stability, and pain

Gabrielle PAGÉ, PhD, Psychologist, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit

Marie-Josée RIVARD, PhD, Psychologist, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit

June 13

Physiotherapy approaches for Chronic Pelvic Pain

Dr.Sonja BODMER-ROY, MD, FRCSC (Gynecology). St.Mary's Hospital and Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit

+ Filiz AVSAR, Physiotherapist specialist in pelvic floor approaches

June 20

Formative feedback on McGill pain services by the patients and family physicians. Preliminary results of the TRAST project

Dr. Vanessa Pasztor, Dr. Joyce Chen, and Dr. Michael Soueidan. Family Medicine Residents.
Co-presenter / supervisor : Dr. Irina Kudrina.

Pain Rounds 2016-2017

DATE type


October 5

Internal AEPMU rounds

Yoram Shir, MD. Medical Director AEPMU. Professor of Anesthesia and Edwards Chair in Clinical Pain. McGill University Bussiness Meeting
October 12 Pain Frontiers

Dr Andreas Goebel MSc (Pain Medicine) PhD FRCA FFPMRCA. Senior Lecture in Pain Medicine, Director Pain Research Institute, Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine. University of Liverpool, UK

Immunotherapy in CRPS
October 19 Internal AEPMU rounds McGill Anesthesia Research Team McGill Anesthesia Research Forum. Blitz presentations
October 26 Monthly AEPMU Rounds

Krista Brecht, RN, BScN, MScN. Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pain Management. AEPMU

Concomitant Use of Opioids and Marijuana: Evidence and Legal Implications

November 2

Internal AEPMU rounds

Yoram Shir, MD. Medical Director AEPMU. Professor of Anesthesia and Edwards Chair in Clinical Pain. McGill University

Clinical case presentation: CRPS
November 9

Pain Frontiers

Robert Lamotte, PhD. Professor of Anesthesiology. Yale University

Nociceptors and the Genesis of Itch

November 16

Monthly AEPMU Rounds

Prof David Yarnistky, Director of the Department of Neurology at Rambam Health Care Campus. He also heads the Laboratory of Clinical Neurophysiology at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Pain modulation, lab to clinic

November 23

Monthly AEPMU Rounds

1) Eugene Bereza, MD CM, CCFP. Associate Professor, Family Medicine & Biomedical Ethics. Director, MUHC Centre for Applied Ethics

2) Mark Angle, MD. Assistant Professor & Clinical Director, Department of Anesthesia. Director of Professional Services. Montreal Neurological Hospital. McGill Univ.

3) Many Borod, MD. Director of the Division of Supportive and Palliative Care Programs at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Assistant Professor of Oncology at McGill University.

Medical aid to die (Bill 52) in non oncological cases

November 30 Internal AEPMU Rounds Dr. Maria Francisca Elgueta, Pain Specialist (Chile). Former AEPMU Clinical pain fellow Opioid antagonist agents in the field of pain management
December 7

Pain Frontiers

Philip PENG, MD, FRCPC. Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Director, Anesthesia Chronic Pain Program, University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital. Toronto, ON

Higher centre and Pain: from basic science to clinical relevance

December 14 Internal AEPMU Rounds

Irina Kudrina MDCM CCFP CSP MSc (c). Head, Pain Service Queen Elizabeth GMF. Assistant professor. Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

Opioid toxicity. Issues for the follow-up of patients on long-term opioid therapy

December 21 Monthly AEPMU Rounds

Dr Marie-Pierre CARPENTIER, MD, CCFP(EM). CMPA, Physician Advisor, Practice Improvement

Legal aspects of opioid prescription

January 11 Combined AEPMU/AECRP


Catherine FERLAND, PhD. Assistant Professor. McGill University, Montréal · Department of Anesthesia

Persistent Postoperative Pain
January 18

Monthly AEPMU Rounds

Étienne Vachon-Presseau, psychologist. PhD student in Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal

Stress model of pain

January 25

Internal AEPMU Rounds

1. Jordi Perez, MD, PhD. Associate Medical Director AEPMU. Assistant Professor of Anesthesia. McGill University

2. Yoram Shir, MD. Medical Director AEPMU. Professor of Anesthesia and Edwards Chair in Clinical Pain. McGill University

Does Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia Exist?

PRO/CON debate

February 1 Internal AEPMU Rounds


Francois DESMEULES, PHT, PH.D.Assistant Research Professor

Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal

Passive PT methods: description and indication

February 8 Internal AEPMU Rounds

Sabrina MORIN CHABANE, PT. Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit

Do MRI influence our clinical practice and patients' fear-avoidance?

February 15

Monthly AEPMU Rounds

Richard CÔTÉ, MD. Professor. Directeur Département des sciences de la santé communautaire. Université de Sherbrooke

Répertoire des compétences médicales en gestion de la douleur non cancéreuse et en prescription d¹opioides

February 22 Pain Frontiers

Manon CHOINIÈRE Professeure titulaire, Département d’anesthésiologie, Université de Montréal

Exploring clinical research avenues other than RCTs to improve the management of chronic pain: A priority

March 1

Monthly AEPMU Rounds

Aline BOULANGER, MD. directrice du Centre d’expertise de la douleur chronique au CHUM et directrice de la Clinique de la douleur à l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal. Professeur agrégée au Département universitaire d’anesthésiologie, Université de Montréal

"Médécin Expert" description of the CHUM physician assisted telehealth program for community doctors with queries about pain management
March 8


Luda DIATCHENKO, MD, PhD is a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesia, and Faculty of Dentistry, at McGill University, Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain

Genome-wide approaches for searching for a pain gene: contribution of immune system

March 15

Internal AEPMU Rounds




March 22 Pain Frontiers

Bob Coghill, PhD. Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Brain Mechanisms Supporting the Subjective Experience of Pain

March 29 Monthly AEPMU Rounds


Ted Wein MD, FRCPC. Assistant professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery . Montreal General Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital, Division of Neurology

Botulinum toxin for pain management

April 5 Internal AEPMU Rounds

Liliana MORENO, RN, BsCN. Nurse clinician, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit

Intravenous infusions for chronic pain management. A critical review of internal policies

April 12

Monthly AEPMU Rounds

Marc O. Martel, Psychologist, PhD, Assistant professor. Faculties of Dentristy & Medicine. McGill University

Psychological factors associated with prescription opioid misuse and addiction among patients with chronic pain

April 19 Internal AEPMU Rounds


Louisette Larochelle BSW, Social Worker Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit

Leon Tourian, MD, FRCPC, PhD. Psychiatrist, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit

April 26

Internal AEPMU Rounds

Esther Yakobov, PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology. Vanier Scholar. IRSST Scholar. Centre for Research on Pain, Disability, and Social Integration. McGill University

An overview of neuropsychological assessment in clinical practice

May 3 Pain Fortiers

Rohini KUNER, Department of Pharmacology. University of Heidelberg

Cortical circuits and mechanisms in pain plasticity


Dr. Yoram Shir & Dr.Jordi Perez

Canadian recommendations for safe and effective opioid prescription for chronic non cancer pain management

May 17

Monthly AEPMU Rounds

1) Tim Widerman, B.Sc. (PT), PhD. Assistant professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. McGill University

Host: Sabrina Morin Chabane (PT)

Introducing the Assessment Model of Pain: A novel framework for conceptualizing pain from the perspective of researchers and clinicians.

May 24 ROUNDS CANCELLED Canadian Pain Society Annual Meeting  
May 31 Monthly AEPMU Rounds

Dr. Sonja BODMER-ROY, Gynecologist (StMary's Hospital and Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit)

Pelvic Pain

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