In Memoriam: J. Edmond Charlton

J. Edmond CharltonJ. Edmond Charlton, MB BS, FRCA, DobstRCOG
Bamburgh, United Kingdom

April 4, 2010

Dr. J. Edmond “Ed” Charlton was a founding member of IASP, the Special Interest Group on Neuropathic Pain, an Honorary Member of IASP, and longtime section editor for the journal PAIN. Born in 1942, he earned his degree from the University of Durham in 1965 and specialized in Anesthesia and Pain Management. He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and held the Diploma in Obstetrics of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He spent several years working in Seattle, Washington, USA, before returning to a full-time post in his home of Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1980. He retired from practice in the National Health Service but continued in private practice as a consultant in Pain Management.

Dr. Charlton served as Association Secretary, as an IASP Councilor, and as chair and active member of several Committees and Task Forces. He had also held the positions of President of the British Pain Society (IASP chapter), Chair of the European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC), Vice Chair of the SIG on Systematic Reviews, Secretary of the SIG on Neuropathic Pain, and Honorary Secretary of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). He was awarded the gold medal of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the John Snow Medal and the Pask Certificate of Honour of the AAGBI. He lectured extensively worldwide and held visiting professorships at several universities at home and abroad.

Dr. Charlton’s contributions to the world of pain research and treatment are immeasurable. The pain community will miss him greatly.