Napa Pain Conference

The West Coast’s Oldest Pain Meeting

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.

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

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