|| Richard Payne MD
||Yale, B.S. '72
Harvard, M.D. '77
||Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
||Anne B. Tandy Chair, Neurology Chief, Pain and Palliative Care Service Member and Attending Neurologist
Dr. Richard Payne leads Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Pain and Palliative Care Service, a multi-disciplinary program dedicated to providing the most advanced methods of cancer pain assessment and management. Dr. Payne directs the program's clinical and rehabilitation services, research and training programs. He is also a Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology, Weill Medical College at Cornell University and a Consultant Attending Physician, North General Hospital in New York City.
A product of the public high school system in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Dr. Payne went on to graduate from Yale University in 1973 and Harvard Medical School in 1977. He completed post-graduate training in internal medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and in neurology at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College. He completed a fellowship in Neuro-Oncology and Pain Management at Memorial, subsequently joining the faculty there. Dr. Payne was Chief of Neurology at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and Vice-Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati Medical School from 1987-1992. In 1992, Dr. Payne became Chief of the Pain and Symptom Management Section and Professor of Neurology at the University of Texas, Department of Neuro-Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He then returned to Memorial to assume his current position in 1998.
Dr. Payne has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed paper, invited reviews, book chapters and abstracts. He has co-edited two books, Current Therapy of Pain, with Dr. Kathleen M. Foley and Assessment and Treatment of Cancer Pain with Drs. C. Stratton Hill and Richard B. Patt. He has lectured throughout the world on various topics related to research and clinical aspects of pain management and palliative medicine.
Dr. Payne has received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society, the Humanitarian Award from the Urban Resources Institute and the Janssen Excellence in Pain Award. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati and the Mayo Clinic. He has delivered the Charles D. Airing Lecture at the University of Cincinnati and the Iris Fisher Lecture in Medical Humanities at the Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Payne has served on numerous panels and advisory committees of local, state and national organizations. He was on the committee of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) in the Public Health Service, which developed formal guidelines for acute pain management and later co-chaired the expert panel that developed the national clinical practice guidelines for the management of cancer pain. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Pain Society and the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He also co-chaired the Analgesic Guidelines Task Force of the American Pain Society. He is a former member of the National Institutes of Health Behavioral Medicine Study Section. Dr. Payne served on the Institute of Medicine committee that evaluated the quality of health care delivered at the end-of-life, and wrote the influential report, Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life (National Academy Press, 1997). He has given expert testimony to the Congressional Black Caucus National Brain Trust, and the President's Cancer Panel in the area of healthcare access, disparities in cancer care, palliative medicine and end-of-life care.
He also serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Pain (the official journal of the American Pain Society), The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and Medical Crossfire. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He currently serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care. Dr. Payne serves as an advisor to the American Medical Association's Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Project, and co-principal investigator (with Dr. Marion Secundy, Howard University Medical School) of APPEAL, a revision of this curriculum relevant for physicians serving communities of color. He chairs the International Advisory Committee of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Payne's current activities encompass treatment, research, training and community outreach in the areas of pain management and palliative care. He and his multidisciplinary staffs are involved in a variety of clinical trials addressing the efficacy and safety of new analgesic agents and studies of end-of-life interventions. Dr. Payne has developed innovative educational and training programs to address the well-documented knowledge deficits of many healthcare providers. For this work, he has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, Health Services Resource Administration (HRSA), The Robert Wood John Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the Soros Open Society Institute Project on Death in America. He has been a leader of both national and international projects addressing health care access disparities in medically underserved populations, especially as they relate to cancer and HIV/AIDS patients requiring palliative and end of life care.
Currently, Dr. Payne is President of the American Pain Society. He also serves on the board of The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.