Cindy Steinberg

Ms. Steinberg was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on The Chronic Pain Epidemic.

Cindy Steinberg is National Director of Policy and Advocacy at the U.S. Pain Foundation and Chair of the Policy Council of the Massachusetts Pain Initiative. In April, 2015, she was appointed to the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), the highest ranking pain policy oversight committee in the US.

Ms. Steinberg was selected as one of six leaders in the field of pain management to receive the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship for 2013-2014. In 2015, she was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on his Opioid Working Group chaired by Massachusetts HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders. Ms. Steinberg was subsequently appointed by Governor Baker to serve as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Drug Formulary Commission.

Ms Steinberg is the recipient of numerous awards and has been interviewed in print and on radio, TV and internet websites including National Public Radio. In addition to her federal and state pain policy work, she has lived with chronic pain for many years and has run a support group for 16 years in the Boston area for others with chronic pain. Steinberg spoke with Neil Andrews, Executive Editor of RELIEF, a Harvard-affiliated website covering pain research developments to discuss her own experience with chronic pain, her advocacy efforts to advance pain care and research, and what people can do to get involved to help raise awareness of chronic pain.

Ms. Steinberg runs a support group for the American Chronic Pain Association in the Boston area. More information about that group, including meeting times, is available at