2020 John J. Bonica Distinguished Lecture Award Winner Announced

Jun 19, 2019

Srinivasa N. Raja, MD Named 2020 John J. Bonica Distinguished Lecture Award Recipient

IASP is delighted to recognize Srinivasa N. Raja, MD as the recipient of the 2020 John J. Bonica Distinguished Lecture Award. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to pain research or therapy and honors IASP founder – and Dr. Raja’s former mentor – John J. Bonica.

Srinivasa N. Raja, MD is Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology, and Director of Pain Research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland, USA. Dr. Raja is a graduate of Prince of Wales Medical College, India and received his residency training in Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA and post-doctoral research training at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, Charlottesville, USA. Dr. Raja and his collaborators have received funding from the National Institutes of Health for their research for over 30 years, and have published more than 200 original articles in peer-reviewed journals.  He is an author of over 25 editorials and 60 book chapters, and an editor of five textbooks related to pain medicine.  

Dr. Raja has been an active member of IASP for several years and throughout his tenure has served the association through a variety of volunteer leadership positions. Dr. Raja was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the IASP World Congress on Pain from 2008-2012 and was nominated as the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 15th World Congress on Pain in Buenos Aires in 2014.  Dr. Raja was a Section Editor for PAIN from 2012-2014 and he served as IASP Secretary and Chair of NeuPSIG from 2014-2016. 

“Dr. Raja’s has demonstrated his commitment to advancing pain science and pain medicine time and again,” notes IASP President Lars Arendt-Nielsen. “He has contributed to the field not only through his research, but also through his outstanding service to the IASP community.”

Dr. Raja’s clinical interests include management of chronic neuropathic pain states, such as persistent post-surgical pain, postherpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndromes, and post-amputation pain.  His recent research efforts are aimed at understanding the peripheral and central mechanisms of neuropathic pain and in identifying novel peripheral targets for alleviating chronic neuropathic pain.   

As the recipient of this prestigious award, Dr. Raja will present the John J. Bonica Distinguished Lecture at the IASP 2020 World Congress on Pain in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 4-8 August 2020.