Board of Directors

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Daniel S. Bennett, MD, DABPM

Daniel S. Bennett, MD, DABPM

Chairman and Founder

Daniel S. Bennett, MD, DABPM is an interventional spine/pain medicine physician from Denver, CO. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Pain Initiative. He has served on the Board of Directors of the North American Neuromodulation Society and is actively involved with the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Miami with honors and completed post-doctoral training in anesthesiology/pain medicine at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO.

He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and lectures nationally and internationally on pain medicine, in particular on interventional diagnostic/therapeutic techniques, pharmacological interventions, and neuromodulation for control of neuropathic and complex pain syndromes.

Dr. Bennett has been active in clinical research involving electrical neuromodulation of spinal and peripheral nerve structures, and spinal drug delivery systems as applied to chronic pain syndromes. He is also actively practicing interventional diagnostics and therapeutics for both acute and chronic conditions of the spine.

Key Interests: Complex Regional Pain Syndromes (CRPS), Failed Back Surgical Syndrome, peripheral nerve injury/neuropathy, interstitial cystitis, and cervicogenic headache.

James E Hagen, MSc

James E Hagen, MSc

Treasurer and Co-Founder

James E Hagen, MSc, is a clinical neurophysiologist and co-founder of the Global Pain Initiative.

Jim is a native of Washington State, but spent his formative years in Springfield, Ohio. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, he moved to Seattle where he received a master’s in physiology from the University of Washington.
Jim spent fifteen years at the Veteran’s Administration in Seattle, researching in pulmonary and exercise physiology. He relocated to the Denver area in 1990, where after a brief journey in industry, settled into clinical neurophysiology.

Jim focused his career in electrical neuromodulation as it applies to spinal cord, nerve rootlet, and peripheral nerves for the control of complex pain. He is globally recognized for his programming expertise of neuromodulation devices, having taught and lectured extensively on this topic around the globe.

Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr., MD

Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr., MD


Chief Operating Officer of NEMA Research, Naples, Florida

Patients, practitioners, philanthropists and investors regularly seek out the expertise of Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi. His in-depth and expansive knowledge of the multiplicity of issues confronting patients and caregivers in acute and chronic pain has made him a valuable partner, advisor, and contributor to the healthcare system, business, academia, and government entities. Whether as a physician, inventor, research scientist, or advocate for pain patients, Dr. Pergolizzi works on the leading edge of medicine.

An internationally renowned perioperative and pain specialist, Dr. Pergolizzi offers personalized medical services through an innovative practice that provides enhanced care and direct access to some of the world’s top medical experts and centers. In clinical practice, he combines the latest medical advances and scientific breakthroughs with his profound professional compassion for patients facing life-altering painful conditions.

Dr. Pergolizzi specializes in clinical research, consulting with major research institutions and drug developers around the globe. His scientific knowledge combines with his frontline understanding of the current limitations in pain medicine so that he can meaningfully contribute to innovative new analgesic products and approaches. He has devoted his professional life to reducing the suffering associated with under-treated and untreated painful conditions.

Dr. Pergolizzi’s innovative achievements have focused on an array of complex matters including but not limited to genetic differences in analgesic drug metabolism that can result in clinical relevant pharmacokinetic drug to drug interactions and their subsequent impact on healthcare economics and outcome measures; policy issues related to safe and appropriate use of opioid analgesics through the development of sophisticated physio-chemistry based abuse deterrent technologies; and advancing integrative medicine techniques to create novel natural/synthetic combinations products like OxyRub™ to address patients desires for vetted complementary and alternative products.

Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi has held various positions at prestigious academic medical institutions. He has served as a committee member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Safe Use Initiative and a Special Government Employee for the Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Pergolizzi is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, platform presentations, and book chapters in his areas of interest and expertise. He is an internationally recognized expert in clinical research, pain medicine, anesthesia, internal medicine, pharmacology, regulatory affairs, and drug discovery. He has been awarded the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award with Commendation and is a member of the Who’s Who for International Executives. He has served as a member of advisory boards and medical/scientific societies and has acted on a number of institutional committees including the Medical Errors Committee and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Pergolizzi is recognized by his peers as a scientific and medical expert who integrates new products, techniques, and technologies into everyday clinical practice.

Danielle Piesowocki

Danielle Piesowocki


Danielle Piesowocki began her professional career in the technical writing, organizational planning, administration and quality control areas for the healthcare and legal industries. Having over 30 years’ experience in the legal field and over a decade in healthcare, her core competencies are in digital technologies for both industries.

Danielle consistently provides excellence in digital marketing, all aspects of brand management, social engagement, blog writing, as well as newsletter production across a wide variety of industries. She has also assisted healthcare practices to elevate their patient satisfaction rates while organically growing their positive online reputation. She is committed to a career in social media, reputation management and customer satisfaction.

Danielle’s passion for the elderly and those with chronic pain issues have reinforced her abilities to further connect on a personal level with her clients.