Redlich Professor, Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine and, by courtesy, of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center
Director of the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) at Stanford University
Co-Chair, Oversight Committee for the NIH/Health and Human Services National Pain Strategy
Sean Mackey, MD, PhD received his BSE and MSE in Bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as MD from University of Arizona. Dr. Mackey is author of over 200 journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and popular press pieces, in addition to numerous national and international lectures.
Under Dr. Mackey’s leadership, the Stanford Pain Management Center has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society, one of only two centers to receive this honor twice.
In 2011 he was a member of the Institutes of Medicine committee that issued the report on Relieving Pain in America. Under Dr. Sean Mackey’s leadership, researchers at the Stanford Pain Management Center and the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) have made major advances in the understanding of chronic pain as a disease in its own right, one that fundamentally alters the nervous system. Dr. Mackey has overseen efforts to map the specific brain and spinal cord regions that perceive and process pain, which has led to the development of a multidisciplinary treatment model that translates basic science research into innovative therapies to provide more effective, personalized treatments for patients with chronic pain.
Recent Sessions at Neurovations Events
2018 Kaua’i Pain Conference
- The Physician’s Role in the Opioid Crisis
- The Future of Pain Care at a National Level
2017 Kaua’i Pain Conference
- Neuroimaging & Pain
- Pain as a national Health Problem
2016 Kaua’i Pain Conference
- The Strain in Pain Lies Mainly in the Brain
- National Pain Strategy: A National Plan to Transform Pain Prevention, Care & Education
2015 Kaua’i Pain Conference
- When Does Acute Pain become Chronic?
- fMRI & Diagnosing Chronic Pain
- When Acute Pain Becomes Chronic: What we Know and How Can We Prevent it?
- Opioids: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
- Dworkin, R. H., O’connor, A. B., Audette, J., Baron, R., Gourlay, G. K., Haanpää, M. L., … & Mackey, S. C. (2010, March). Recommendations for the pharmacological management of neuropathic pain: an overview and literature update. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 85, No. 3, pp. S3-S14). Elsevier.
- Ochsner, K. N., Knierim, K., Ludlow, D. H., Hanelin, J., Ramachandran, T., Glover, G., & Mackey, S. C. (2004). Reflecting upon feelings: an fMRI study of neural systems supporting the attribution of emotion to self and other. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 16(10), 1746-1772.
- Christopher deCharms, R., Maeda, F., Glover, G. H., Ludlow, D., Pauly, J. M., Soneji, D., … & Mackey, S. C. (2005). Control over brain activation and pain learned by using real-time functional MRI. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102(51), 18626-18631.
- Harden, R. N., Bruehl, S., Perez, R. S., Birklein, F., Marinus, J., Maihofner, C., … & Mogilevski, M. (2010). Validation of proposed diagnostic criteria (the “Budapest Criteria”) for complex regional pain syndrome. Pain, 150(2), 268-274.
- Neugebauer, V., Galhardo, V., Maione, S., & Mackey, S. C. (2009). Forebrain pain mechanisms. Brain research reviews, 60(1), 226-242.
- Deyo, R. A., Dworkin, S. F., Amtmann, D., Andersson, G., Borenstein, D., Carragee, E., … & Goertz, C. (2015). Report of the NIH Task Force on research standards for chronic low back pain. Physical therapy, 95(2), e1-e18.
- Dworkin, R. H., O’Connor, A. B., Kent, J., Mackey, S. C., Raja, S. N., Stacey, B. R., … & Loeser, J. D. (2013). Interventional management of neuropathic pain: NeuPSIG recommendations. PAIN®, 154(11), 2249-2261.
- Ochsner, K. N., Ludlow, D. H., Knierim, K., Hanelin, J., Ramachandran, T., Glover, G. C., & Mackey, S. C. (2006). Neural correlates of individual differences in pain-related fear and anxiety. Pain, 120(1-2), 69-77.
- Sun, E. C., Darnall, B. D., Baker, L. C., & Mackey, S. (2016). Incidence of and risk factors for chronic opioid use among opioid-naive patients in the postoperative period. JAMA internal medicine, 176(9), 1286-1293.
- Younger, J., Aron, A., Parke, S., Chatterjee, N., & Mackey, S. (2010). Viewing pictures of a romantic partner reduces experimental pain: Involvement of neural reward systems. PloS one, 5(10), e13309.
- Zaki, J., Ochsner, K. N., Hanelin, J., Wager, T. D., & Mackey, S. C. (2007). Different circuits for different pain: patterns of functional connectivity reveal distinct networks for processing pain in self and others. Social neuroscience, 2(3-4), 276-291.