Napa Pain Conference

2020, Continuing Medical Education, Napa Pain Conference, Online

Pain Medicine

Improve your care for persons with acute and chronic pain. 

Since 1990, the Napa Pain Conference has provided unparalleled networking with leaders in clinical practice, research, and industry. Enjoy a unique setting, and a program presenting the latest research and advances in the field of pain management. Innovation happens here.


Registration will open soon.

Aug. 14-15, 2020

Humble Origins

Eric Grigsby at the podium

A Community Like No Other

Eric J. Grigsby, MD, MBA

If we’re lucky, the days go slowly enough for us to enjoy, but the years certainly go quickly. In 1989, as a young man and a recently-minted Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician, I was asked to start a Pain Management Program at the University of California at Davis. Living in Napa, I commuted the hour to Sacramento. You could do that in those days, with mostly farmland between here and there. There were very few established practice models at that time, but my task was to figure out how to build a University Pain Management Department.

I knew early on that we needed a conference where everyday practitioners could get together, build a community, and share stories, successes, and challenges in treating our patients. In 1989, there were no regular Pain Meetings in California, and none in the fall throughout the entire United States! (how of course there are several nearly every weekend.) So, my staff at UC Davis and I decided to host the First Annual Napa Pain Conference in 1990.  (If you do the math, you will see that we did miss a couple of early years between then and now.)

But we accomplished what we set out to do. The Napa Pain Conference has built communities of like-minded practitioners and facilitated the cycle of innovation by building relationships between all of the stakeholders in our filed. From the beginning, the Napa Pain Conference has enjoyed presentations by the luminaries of science and medicine. Virtually every pain related advance since 1989 has been presented early in its life at this conference. I am grateful that my friends and colleagues come to Napa every year to share their amazing science, clinical practice, and life-earned perspectives.

In the past 5 years, there have been presentations from the former Chair of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, a national medal of science recipient, the winner of the 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, and a recipient of the Nobel Prize itself. 

Many of you tell us this is your best meeting of the year. For returning friends, Welcome back! For first-time attendees, welcome to Napa Valley and the Napa Pain Meeting!

Continuing Education


The Main Conference, August 15 is designated for a maximum of
8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


Approved for ABA MOCA 2.0®: Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ Program, Medical Knowledge & Patient Safety CME. Attend the conference, participate in the education, and we’ll send your MOC CME directly to the ABA on your behalf.

California Required CME on Pain Management and the Appropriate Treatment of the Terminally Ill

AB487 requires physicians licensed in California to complete a one-time CME activity for 12 hours of credits that addresses both pain management and the appropriate care and treatment of the terminally ill. 

Participation in the Napa Pain Conference contributes to AB487 and we’ve worked with the California Medical Board to support attendees under the Board’s new 2019 audit standards.

Produced by
Neurovations Education

Why Choose Us?


Our team has over 14 years experience developing and managing medical education. Having contributed to more than 400 CME conferences, on 6 continents, from 50 attendees to over 20,000, you’re in good hands with Neurovations Education.

Neurovations Education is accredited to provide AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Let us organize and maintain the your CME in compliance with ACCME, CMA/IMQ, FDA, OIG, AMA, California Assembly Bill 1195, PhRMA Code, Advamed, and CEJA rules, guidelines and regulations

Neurovations Education is a leader in medical education, establishing the oldest CME pain meeting in California (the Napa Pain Conference). Since then, Neurovations has emerged as an industry leader by placing quality education at the forefront of conference design.

Although results can’t be guaranteed, our Kaua’i Pain Conference and Napa Pain Conference have grown 30% year over year for three years.

Quality education, enthusiastic service and a well crafted program yield strong results.

Contact Education@Neurovations.com to take your conference to the next level.

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Continuing Medical


SpectrumCare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

27th Napa Pain Conference
SpectrumCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physicians of Osteopathy
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as AOA 2-B credit.

Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. SpectrumCare is accredited to provide CME for physicians and will provide nurse practitioners who successfully complete each activity with a certificate of participation indicating the activity was designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Nurse Practitioners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

However, please be mindful that certain states have their own rules and regulations for what they find acceptable as Continuing Nursing Education Activities (CNE’s). Remember to check your state governing body to ensure that participating in CME is acceptable. State licensure and state certification are separate and distinct from registration or certification.

Physician Assistants

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Clinical Nurse Specialists & Registered Nurses

Nurses may claim credit for educational activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in most states, for up to 50% of the nursing requirements for re-certification. Please check with the state association where you are licensed for more information.