It is with great excitement that we welcome you to our exploratory convention and scientific session: The central mission of the Virginia Pain Society will be to provide pain solutions to Virginians. We will work to provide solutions across all stakeholders in Virginia: patients, hospitals, communities, community organizations, and governmental organizations from the local to State level. We will combine the expertise from leading pain physicians in the State with advocacy groups and other pain medicine experts from across the nation. This year’s meeting is the first step in realizing that goal. As part of the meeting we will have a scientific session that is open to all providers who treat patients with pain. We believe that only together can we make a positive difference for the population of this state that we love. We hope to see you at the conference and look forward to making substantive contributions to the treatment of pain in Virginia.

Virginia Pain SocietyThe center of the Logo contains the seal of Virginia with the State motto Sic Semper Tyrannis (thus always to tyrants). The thus as the picture indicates refers to death. In our current state of pain and pain treatment in Virginia this is a very vivid and applicable image. Pain is a tyrant that robs youth, steals productivity and crippels souls. It affects our families, communities and businesses. The treatment of pain can be restorative or in some cases utterly destructive. We physicians with the spear in our hands must use it wisely. We must remember primum non nocere (first do no harm), at the same time we must guard against institutionalizing human suffering. It is not a task that is easy but most worthy endeavors are not. We need your knowledge, support and energy to help us bring real solutions to Virginia.