Jane Ballantyne, M.D., F.R.C.A.
Researcher and Educator on the role of opioids in chronic pain management
Dr. Ballantyne received her medical degree from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, England. She trained in Anesthesiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England, before moving to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard University, Boston in 1990. Dr. Ballantyne’s interest in outcomes of pain therapy began when she worked with statisticians at the Harvard School of Public Health to produce an evidence base for a US national acute pain guideline. Subsequently, she has worked on evidence synthesis for cancer and chronic pain interventions. As chief of an academic pain program over many years, she has witnessed firsthand the growth of specialty pain management, where it can help and where it can harm. Her focus now is to continue to build the research and education programs that are vital for promoting rational pain therapy.