Beth Darnall, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, has been elected the President of the Pain Society of Oregon (PSO). She will also remain President of the Portland Chapter.
The PSO is the only multidisciplinary state pain society in the United States. It has chapters in Eugene and Portland, and is launching a new chapter in Bend next month. Members include pain physicians, acupuncturists, naturopathic physicians, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, basic scientists, primary care physicians, social workers, and more. It is unique organization dedicated to the highest standards of pain care, education, and advocacy.
“The Pain Society of Oregon is progressive in its member composition and in its multipronged approach to improving the lives of people with chronic pain. The PSO is also held as a national standard of ethical principles in the pain-world, and I’m honored to serve as its leader,” said Dr. Darnall.
Dr. Darnall is a pain psychologist at the Comprehensive Pain Center. She is also an international expert on expanding access to mirror therapy for "phantom limb pain.” She recently traveled to Vietnam and trained and certified physicians, allied healthcare and trauma workers to use the technique with amputee patients with phantom pain. This educational outreach effort was sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Dr. Darnall's primary research is focused on understanding mechanisms of chronic pain in women, gender differences in chronic pain, describing risks and consequences of opioid treatment in women, how psychological stress influences the immune system in women with chronic pain, and on improving pain treatment for women. More information may be found here: www.bethdarnall.com