2014 John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award
Robert H. Dworkin, PhD
Robert H. Dworkin received his BA in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in 1977 from Harvard University. He is currently professor of anesthesiology, neurology, oncology, and psychia¬try; professor in the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics; and director of the Anesthesiology Clinical Research Center at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Dworkin is director of the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION) public-private partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); cochair with Dennis C. Turk, PhD, of the Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT); a member of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zoster Working Group; and a special government employee of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. He is an associate editor of Pain, is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Pain and Current Pain and Headache Reports, and has previous¬ly served as a consultant to and member of the FDA Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee and as a member of the CDC Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Working Group. As director of the Anesthesiology Clinical Research Center, Dr. Dworkin has been the principal investigator for a large number of clinical trials of analgesic treatments.
The John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award honors outstanding contributions by an individual or an organization to the field of pain through public education, dissemination of information, public service, or other efforts to further knowledge about pain. The award is named for John Bonica, a leading force in the development of the pain treatment movement, and his wife, Emma.