What I Do

Dr. Lynn Webster has dedicated more than three decades to becoming an expert in the field of pain management. He is the vice president of Scientific Affairs of PRA Health Sciences and immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He is a leading voice in trying to help physicians safely treat pain patients while actively working within the industry to develop safer and more effective therapies for chronic pain and addiction. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and is also certified in addiction medicine. Dr. Webster lectures extensively on the subject of preventing opioid abuse and criminal diversion in chronic pain patients and has authored more than 300 scientific abstracts, manuscripts, journal articles, and a book entitled Avoiding Opioid Abuse While Managing Pain: A Guide for Practitioners, many of which are the basis for training physicians who are studying pain. Dr. Webster has played an instrumental role in his industry as a strong advocate for safe and effective pain resolution methods. The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT), which he developed, is currently used and is the standard in multiple countries and thousands of clinics worldwide. He spends most of his time now developing safer and more effective therapies for chronic pain and campaigning for safer use of medications. Dr. Webster received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska and later completed his residency at the University of Utah Medical Center’s Department of Anesthesiology. He has been quoted by multiple media sources, including in the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has given over 250 presentations across the United States and internationally.


I am board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and certified in addiction medicine. I received my doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska in 1976. I completed my residency in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Utah Medical Center.


Providing fellow pain physicians with the tools and information they need to help their pain patients find improved quality of life is the main objective of my work. Examples are development of the Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) to help prevent opioid abuse and a public campaign to reduce overdose deaths from prescription medications.

I have spent most of my career performing research and delivering patient care. I have also had the opportunity to give many lectures on the subject of preventing opioid abuse and criminal diversion in chronic pain patients. A busy publication schedule has resulted in hundreds of scientific abstracts, journal articles, textbook chapters and a book. Progressive improvement of the pain community as a whole is the goal.


I often get to discuss hot topics in the pain community. My TV appearances include ABC News’ 20/20 program and Court TV’s Catherine Crier Live. Important developments are always happening in pain medicine, and major news and media outlets need help to deliver accurate reports to the larger community.

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