Cancer Pain Research Consortium

The Cancer Pain Research Consortium, founded by Dr. William Rosenberg, is a 501c3 organization resolving to dedicate itself to the relief of pain and suffering related to cancer. CPRC is a multidisciplinary physician group, comprised of practitioners from across North America representing many major cancer centers and large practices, dedicated to generating and promoting interdisciplinary, patient-centered, evidence-based care for cancer-related pain and suffering. Donate to CPRC.

Heather Basara, Ph.D

Director of the Cancer Pain Research Consortium


Dr. Basara is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma and associate member of the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center. Her research expertise is in Medical Geography in which she developed a research partnership with the Chickasaw Nation focused on medical informatics and geoanalytics for social and environmental determinants of disease within Native American population. Dr. Barasa also helped lead the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center in tobacco control and prevention work focused on engaging community and elite stakeholders to develop tobacco control policy and environmental management strategies.


Cancer Pain Conference


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Lisa Jo Stearns, MD

Director of the Cancer Pain Research Consortium

Dr. Lisa Stearns is the world’s foremost expert in interventional therapy for cancer pain and is internationally renowned for her research and expertise with intrathecal pumps. Dr. Stearns is committed to educating patients and healthcare professionals about the most effective pain management and supportive care technigues. Upon receiving her medical degree from the University of Nebraska in 1991 and completing her residency in anesthesiology and her fellowship in pain management, Dr. Stearns became one of only a handful of interventional pain specialists to become board certified in hospice and palliative medicine.Dr. Stearns has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on pain management and palliative care and is actively invovled in research at both the early development and late clinical trial stages. She is frequenetly a featured speaker at national and international conferences in her field and has an adjunct faculty appointment at May Clinic College of Medicine where she trains pain management fellows. In all her work, Dr. Stearns seeks to raise awareness that pain management can “build a bridge back to life.”