On Mar. 17, Paul Gileno, president and founder of the U.S. Pain Foundation, and Cindy Steinberg, national director of policy and advocacy, were both honored with the Presidential Commendation Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). Gileno was present to accept his award at the academy’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL.

“This year I was privileged to recognize the outstanding work of two extraordinary patient advocates – Cindy Steinberg and Paul Gileno of the U.S. Pain Foundation – for their tireless and effective patient advocacy from the local, grassroots level up through the national arena,” said AAPM Immediate Past President Daniel B. Carr, MD. “Their respective talents overlap but are not identical, and so I view their respective contributions in pain-related health policy and education as synergistic.”

The two were recognized for their leadership at the U.S. Pain Foundation in advocating on behalf of the many individuals who daily live with pain. The Presidential Commendation was established in 2006; past recipients include members of congress, clinicians, researchers, authors, and other key influencers in pain medicine.