Kathleen M. Foley, M.D.
Kathleen M. Foley, M.D., is an attending neurologist in the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as well as professor of neurology, neuroscience and clinical pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Foley holds the Chair of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Pain Research and is medical director of the National Public Health Palliative Care Initiative of the Open Society Institute. She is a past president of the American Pain Society. Dr. Foley’s work focuses on the treatment of patients with cancer pain and advancing palliative care. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Not a National Institute on Pain Research?
Today, patients who once would have lived in chronic pain or died in agony can be helped because research has debunked many myths about our most potent pain medication: opioids. Even long-term treatment with opioids seldom leads to addiction, and research has taught us much about how opioids act in the brain. Now, research is opening entirely new avenues for pain relief. But a pioneer in pain research and treatment warns that future progress requires much greater public understanding and more informed government regulation.