Founding Members & The History of Texas Pain Society 

Texas Pain Society (TPS) was founded by eight pain physicians who saw the need for a state-wide organization that could improve the practice of Pain Medicine. Without their collaborative efforts to effectively help pain practitioners, the practice of pain medicine wouldn’t be where it is today. Over the last two decades, there have been major legislative improvements to protect members of our society, as well as patients who suffer from pain. The following doctors started what is now the largest state pain society across America.

Further Elaboration the History of TPS -- written by Dr. Prithvi Raj

Founding Members

Aaron Calodney, MD
Dr. Aaron Calodney completed his medical school education at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He subsequently completed an Interventional Pain Management fellowship with Prithvi Raj, M.D. He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management and has received certification of Special Qualifications in Pain Management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice and a Diplomat of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has served on the Board of Directors and as Director of Education for ISIS. He is immediate Past President of ASIPP and Past President and a founding member of the Texas Pain Society.

C. Stratton Hill, Jr., MD
C. Stratton Hill, Jr., M.D., Professor Emeritus of Medicine, joined the faculty of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City in 1963. Dr. Hill founded a formal Pain Treatment Service at UTMDACC. Dr. Hill was a founding member of the Texas Cancer Pain Initiative and the Texas Pain Society, both organizations dedicated to improving pain treatment education for health care professionals. Dr. Hill was appointed to two terms on the Texas Cancer Council. He served on pain treatment guidelines and curriculum committees for the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Texas Cancer Council. He also served on the Advisory Committee for Pain Relief of the American Cancer Society. He was the recipient of the national American Cancer Society’s Humanitarian Award in 1995, and shared the 1997 National Drug Policy Foundation’s Norman Zinberg Award for Excellence in Medicine and Treatment with Kathleen Foley of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Hill currently facilitates health care as Vice President for Health Affairs of the Open Door Mission, for which he received Mayor Anise Parker’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010.

Martin Grabois, MD
Martin Grabois, MD went to medical school at Temple University School of Medicine followed by an Internship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Dr. Grabois completed his residency at Temple University. He is board certified with the American Board of PM&R and sub-specializes in Pain Management. His clinical interests are general rehabilitation and Acute and Chronic Pain Syndrome. His research interests include administration, health care access, effectiveness and costs of treatment, and pain. His accomplishments include: Past President of American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, American Academy of PM & R, American Academy of PM&R Foundation, American Pain Society, and Avondale House. His awards include the 2003 Edward Lohman, M.D award and the Frank H. Krusen Award. Dr. Grabois has been very involved with other organizations such as Rehabilitation International, American Academy of Pain Medicine, International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, American Pain Foundation, National Osteoporosis Foundation and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Dr. Grabois was an editor for Critical Reviews in PM&R, a manuscript reviewer for Practical Pain Management, and was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Lynn Neil, MD

Carl Noe, MD

Gabor Racz, MD
At the time of being invited to be one of the founding members of the Texas Pain Society the positions filled in by Gabor Racz MD, FIPP, ABIPP were Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Chairman of the Educational Committee of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists. .The originator for the concept of TPS was Prithvy Raj MD who felt that the first President should be Gabor Racz MD 
Dr Racz by this time had an annual pain conference at TTUHSC in Lubbock which for the first time started to use cadavers to teach interventional pain procedures which he continued to do without interruption and 2012 should be the 28th annual interventional pain program. 
The work done at TTUHSC has resulted in multiple publications, national and world wide presentations. New procedures were developed including CPT codes for the lysis of adhesions procedures. He is the past President of WIP and also a founding member. He has received numerous awards, among them being the highest award of his university: the Grover E Murray Professorship. He has also receieved the Lifetime Achievement Award by ASIPP as well as the American Neuromodulation Society. Among other accomplishments are the Morica Prize of the Italian Society and honorary memberships in multiple societies. He was elected to the Best Doctors in America in 1993 and every year since. The emphasis of his work has been teaching and patient safety related issues.The main role he played in the evolution of TPS was the combination of academic programs of TTUHSC and the TPS during the annual meetings, as well as the work involving the development of component society status for TPS in the Texas Medical Association. He intends to remain active until physically and mentally unable to serve.

Prithvi Raj, MD
Dr. Raj has done extensive postgraduate work. He has held many positions in the medical field from house surgeon to Orthopedic Registrar in India and England. Dr. Raj did Rotating Internship in Connecticut and his Residency in Anesthesiology in Texas. He has also held positions in Anesthesiology in Norway, England, Texas, California, Ohio and Georgia. His last position before retiring was Professor of Anesthesiology and Co-Director of the International Pain Institute at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is past president of the World Institute of Pain and an active member of many other professional organizations and committees. Dr. Raj has earned numerous awards and honors and is listed in the “Best Doctors in America” in Chronic Pain Management. He has contributed to over 138 articles, edited numerous editorials, and is presently Editor-in-Chief (Emeritus) of Pain Practice. To add to his credits are twelve books, movies, videotapes, models and exhibits. Dr. Raj is currently retired but still involved in many new projects and travels all over the world lecturing and promoting the World Institute of Pain.