Join the Texas Pain Society at TexMed 2024 for 

The Evolution of Pain Management, What We Can Offer Today’s Patients

Thursday, May 2, 2024, 12:00pm – 4:30 pm
Level 3, Trinity Ballroom 2

Omni Dallas, 555 S Lamar, Dallas, TX 75202

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After updates to the CDC guidelines for management of chronic opioids, many physicians still feel unsure about how to safely manage patients with chronic pain on opioid therapy.   This program will cover the most updated guidelines for prescribing opioids, how to use validated tools to assess for problematic opioid use, and next steps when dealing with possible opioid-use disorder.  The interdisciplinary approach to treating patients with chronic pain is tried and true, and this program will discuss how pain psychology and physical therapy can and should be incorporated into a comprehensive treatment plan.  Chronic musculoskeletal pain, including spine and joint pain, are one of the most common etiologies of chronic pain in our older patients.  This program will highlight interventional options which are utilized and effective for treating these pain syndromes, especially with growing evidence that opioids provide little benefit in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain syndromes.

Chair: Stephanie Jones, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center.


Topic Speaker

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Pain Psychology – Incorporating Often Overlooked but Important Behavioral Management Tools in the Treatment of Chronic Pain Disorders

Richard Robinson, PhD
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Safe Opioid Management, Recognizing Problematic Opioid Use and What To Do About It Lakshmi Koyyalagunta, MD
Texas Pain Society President Elect
Professor, Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Pain Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Movement is Medicine – Physical Therapy, Exercise and Their Role in the Treatment of Chronic Pain Disorders Jason Zafereo, PhD
Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UT Southwestern Medical Center

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Interventional Management of Chronic Spine and Joint Pain in Older Patients

Kevin Neal, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center



The Texas Pain Society is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Texas Pain Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with their participation in this activity.

This course has been designated by the Texas Pain Society for 1.0 credits of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

This activity contributes to the CME component of The American Board of Anesthesiology® Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements. Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of the American Board of Anesthesiology®. MOCA 2.0® is a trademark of the American Board of Anesthesiology®.

This activity partially meets the requirements of the MATE Act. 1.0 Credits meet the SAMHSA/DEA and can be used to fulfill the MATE act requirement.

 Notice to learners: 

All participants of TexMed are welcome to attend as part of their registration with the conference. Onsite check in is required with TPS staff on the day of the event. 


  1. Learn how to safely manage chronic opioids in non-cancer pain patients, incorporating the latest CDC guidelines, and how to recognize problematic behaviors

  2. Learn how mood disorders impact chronic pain and how pain psychology is an important part of comprehensive treatment in chronic pain patients

  3. Learn the role of physical therapy and exercise in the treatment of chronic pain disorders

  4. Review the role of interventional management for chronic spine and joint pain in older patients

Target Audience

Physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Disclosures to the Learner:

1. Notice of requirements for successful completion of continuing education activity:

  • Attend the live presentation to its entirety
  • Complete the Evaluation

2. The Texas Pain Society's live course has received no commercial support. 

3. Disclosure of financial relationships:


All other planners, faculty, committee, board, and moderators for this educational activity have NO relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

4. Non-endorsement Statement:

Accredited status does not imply endorsement of any commercial products or services by the Texas Pain Society or the Texas Medical Association.

5. Off-Label Use:

There is no discussion of off-label use in this presentation.