Welcome to the Texas Pain Society

The Texas Pain Society is a non-profit organization of over 350 pain practitioners that are involved in acute and chronic pain management of patients in Texas. The Texas Pain Society represents the practice of pain medicine in Texas with a seat on the Texas Medical Association's House of Delegates.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of Texans who suffer from pain.

In Memory of
James Edward Heavner, DVM, PhD

April 25, 1944 - May 18, 2016

Dr. James Edward Heavner, Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Clinical Professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, died on May 18, 2016 at the age of 72. Dr. Heavner and his wife, Rev Betsey Heavner, have three children and six grandchildren: Matthew James is married to Carolyn Talus and father of Torsten and Aven; Kori Rae is married to Ali Kheri Mbaraka and mother of Taariq and Naadir; Benjamin Douglas is married to Gretchen Watson and the father of Elias and Marlowe. He is also survived by seven siblings: Douglas Heavner, Joretta Chaney, Richard Heavner, Bessie Park, Alice Young, Rose Rubin, Ronald Heavner, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Douglas and Grace (Frantz), and brothers William Heavner, Harold Heavner, Frank Heavner, Roger Heavner, and Herbert Heavner.

Dr. Heavner was the founding director of the anesthesiology research program at Texas Tech Health Science Center and travelled globally to consult, teach, and lecture on the management of pain and the pharmacology of local anesthetics. For more than 35 years, he published research articles to advance the medical specialty of pain management, contributed to several textbooks, and helped develop and coordinate an international examination for the credentialing of pain specialists. He was active in many professional organizations and served on the editorial board of several professional journals. The Texas Pain Society named a lectureship for Dr. Heavner in recognition of his contributions.

Dr. Heavner graduated from Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Maryland, studied at the University Maryland and Frostburg State Teachers College. Through shared work in 4-H, Jim met Betsey Clark, and they were married in 1967. He obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Georgia. While in Veterinary School, he became active in biomedical research, spending time at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Veterinary Pathology section. He earned a PhD in pharmacology and held a research faculty position at the University of Washington. He enjoyed research positions at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Helsinki Central University (Finland), Virginia Tech University and others. He spent several years at the Food and Drug Administration in the Washington D.C. area as a Branch Chief. 

Jim Heavner's roots in western Maryland gave him a love of adventure and a love of family. Favorite memories are a canoe trip in the Allagash wilderness, Heavner family reunions, hikes on trails in wilderness areas and gatherings around the country that included one on one time with grandchildren. 

There will be a memorial service at Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock on May 27 at 3 PM (Academic Classroom Bldg, Rm ACB100) and a family gathering later this summer in western Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to The Texas Pain Foundation (www.texaspainfoundation.org or Texas Pain Foundation, PO Box 201363, Austin, TX 78720), the Fort Hill High School Scholarship Fund (forthillscholarshipfund.com or Fort Hill High School Scholarship Fund, 500 Greenway Ave., Cumberland, MD 21502), or to your favorite charity.



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In October 2014, the Texas Pain Foundation became operational as a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization. Unlike the Texas Pain Society, a 501c6 organization, the Foundation focuses only on education and research and CAN accept unrestricted educational grants but CANNOT engage in lobbying. 

The aims and objectives of the Foundation are to advance the art and science of pain medicine in Texas. 

I hope you make a donation to the Foundation to assist in staff recruitment and program development in 2016.

As we look to the year ahead, educational activities about pain and its treatment are more crucial than ever and I hope you will make a donation to support our work.

With your donations, the Texas Pain Foundation will continue to work towards educational efforts about pain medicine and pain treatments.

 Thank you for your consideration of this request.

James E. Heavner, DVM, PhD Texas Pain Foundation Chair and  other Board of Directors members, Richard Hurley, MD and Graves Owen, MD  and Cheryl Crenshaw and Krista DuRapau, Executive Director.