Robert Dworkin, PhD USA | John D. Loeser Award Lecture Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Neurology, & Psychiatry | | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Robert Dworkin

John D. Loeser Award Lecture


Robert H. Dworkin, PhD, a long-time IASP member, received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from Harvard University. He is Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry and Professor in the Center for Health + Technology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York, USA. Dr. Dworkin is also 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) and a Special Government Employee of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. He is an Associate Editor of PAIN and a member of the Editorial Boards of Canadian Journal of Pain and Journal of Pain.

Dr. Dworkin’s research interests involve the development of improved treatment and preventive interventions for neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain. The primary focus of his current research involves the identification of factors that increase the assay sensitivity of clinical trials to detect differences between an active and a placebo control or comparison treatment. In ongoing studies, he and his colleagues are examining the relationships between clinical trial results and their research designs, patient characteristics, outcome measures, and statistical methods. Dr. Dworkin has also been involved in the identification of risk factors for the transition from acute to chronic pain. He has authored over 300 journal articles and book chapters, which have been cited over 36,000 times (h index = 87).