John J. Bonica Award


The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine John J. Bonica Award is presented annually at the Annual Pain Medicine Meeting to an individual for their outstanding contributions to the development, teaching, and practice of pain medicine in the tradition of John J. Bonica, MD, a champion of multidisciplinary collaboration in the evaluation and treatment of patients with pain.

The award honors the abundant contributions Dr. Bonica made to the field of pain medicine. Dr. Bonica championed the collaboration of specialists from multiple disciplines in the evaluation and treatment of patients with pain. He wrote the first comprehensive textbook devoted to pain management, mentored clinicians and colleagues, and started the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Nominees for this award should embody the ideals of John Bonica and his passion for pain medicine as manifested through their contributions by way of research, teaching, and clinical practice.

The nominee does not have to be a member of ASRA Pain Medicine. Current members of the Board of Directors are not eligible (see full list here). Nominations must be made using the John J. Bonica Award nomination form. 


Dr. John J. Bonica

Dr. John J. Bonica

Dr. David Julius

David Julius, PhD
2023 John J. Bonica Award Recipient

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Past Winners

1988Michael J. Cousins, MD, FANZCA
1989Tony Yakish, PhD
1990Daniel C. Moore, MD
1991Kenneth L. Casey, MD
1992Stephen E. Abram, MD
1993Henrik Kehlet, MD
1994Laurence E. Mather, PhD
1995John D. Loeser, MD
1996Robert A. Boas, MB
1997David H. Chestnut, MD
1998Allan I. Basbaum, PhD
1999Robert Elde, PhD
2000Geral Gebhardt, PhD
2001Donna L. Hammond, PhD
2002Maria Fitgerald, PhD
2003Christopher M. Bernards, MD
2004Daniel B. Carr, MD
2005James C. Eisenach, MD
2006Howard L. Fields, MD, PhD
2007John C. Rowlingson, MD
2008Fernando Cervero, MD, PhD, DSc
2009P. Prithvi Raj, MD
2010Srinivasa N. Raja, MD
2011James P. Rathmell, MD
2012Jianren Mao, MD, PhD
2013Richard L. Rauck, MD
2014Steven P. Cohen, MD
2015Richard Rosenquist, MD
2016Honorio Benzon, MD
2017Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD
2018Charles Berde, MD
2019Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD
2020Philip Peng, MBBS, FRCPC, Founder (Pain Medicine)
2021Oscar de Leon-Casasola, MD
2022Jose De Andres, MD, PhD, FIPP, EDRA, EDPM
2023David Julius, PhD

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