The Napa Pain Conference

The West Coast’s Oldest Pain Meeting

Since its establishment in 1990 by Dr. Eric J. Grigsby, the Napa Pain Conference has set the bar for quality education, breaking research, and networking. This is your opportunity to connect with the leaders in pain management.

With a world-class Program Committee, unrivaled keynote speakers, and dynamic presentations, the Napa Pain Conference presents the latest information in pain management and has become a forum to:

  • Discuss the treatment of pain
  • Establish best practices
  • Learn and review emerging treatment options

Humble Origins

Eric Grigsby at the podium

A Community Like No Other

Eric J. Grigsby, MD, MBA
Founder of the Napa Pain Conference

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 recent 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!


Guiding Principles

The success of the Napa Pain Conference is rooted in creating and serving a community devoted to:

  • Diversity
  • Equality
  • Inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Independence
  • Unbiased information
  • The strongest science

At Neurovations, we fundamentally believe in diversity and inclusion in our workforce, in our decision-making, and in how we care for patients. We celebrate all of our employees and believe this is critical for innovation and to achieve the best care for every patient. Our unwavering mission is to inspire hope and to contribute to the health and well-being of our patients and communities through integrated clinical practice, research, and education.

We need diversity. We need different cultures. We need men and women, young and old, to work together to solve the big questions.
Mary-Britt Moser, Recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

A family atmosphere

A History of Excellence

Advancing Pain Management Since 1990

For over 25 years, the Napa Pain Conference has united world leaders with the next generations in clinical medicine, pharmaceutical development, medical device manufacture, and scientific innovation.

Continuing Education

We love our learners

Attendees consistently report that
“the education I received at the Napa Pain Conference
is better than at other CME activities I’ve attended
in the last 12 months.”

The Meeting of Meetings

Interprofessional Innovations

The Napa Pain Conference provides unparalleled networking with leaders in clinical practice, research, and industry. 

Nowhere else can you network with, and learn from Nobel laureates, the leaders of prominent medical specialty societies, and a multidisciplinary faculty of medical providers. 

Faculty draws from:

  • Academic medical centers
  • Hospital systems
  • Private practice
  • Government
  • Patient advocacy

The Wine Country

An unbeatable location

Experience world-class education, unrivaled networking and the stunning Napa Valley. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings and special events like the annual Vineyard Dinner during your stay in Napa.