Dr. Russell Portenoy is chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care and the Gerald J. Friedman Chair in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. He is the Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care and Professor of Neurology and Anesthesiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Portenoy is past-president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and past-president of the American Pain Society. He previously chaired the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Leadership Award of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, has received both the Wilbert Fordyce Award for Lifetime Excellence in Clinical Investigation and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society, and was given the Founder’s Award by the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Dr. Portenoy has been Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management for more than two decades and is editor for the palliative care section of The Oncologist. He serves on numerous other editorial boards. He has written, co-authored, or edited 20 books and more than 525 papers and book chapters on topics in pain and symptom management, opioid pharmacotherapy, and palliative care.