GARY A. WALCO, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Anesthesiology (adjunct in Pediatrics and Psychiatry) at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Director of Pain Medicine at Seattle Childrens Hospital. He has conducted multiple studies on pain management and assessment in children and has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts, including a text he co-edited, Pain in Children: A Practical Guide for Primary Care.
Dr. Walco was the founder of the Special Interest Group on Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents for the American Pain Society and was the 2003 recipient of the Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Childrens Pain Relief. He also received the Lee Salk Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric psychology from the American Psychological Association in 2006. Dr. Walco chaired the task force responsible for the joint American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on the assessment and management of acute pain in children, is the immediate past chair of the Pain Committee for the Childrens Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance and was on the core committee for Palliative Care in the Childrens Oncology Group. He is the president elect of the special interest group on Pain in Childhood of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Dr. Walco is an associate editor for the Clinical Journal of Pain, and currently sits on the editorial board of Pain, the Journal of Pain and the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. He was an invited member of the Neonatal Pain Research Initiative (NICHD, FDA), the Pediatric Analgesia Trials workshop (FDA), and two IMMPACT panels, one on pediatric pain and one on the transition from acute to chronic pain. Dr. Walco has served as a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical firms on analgesic trials for children, is currently a special government employee, serving on the United States Food and Drug Administrations Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee, and is the principal investigator of an international collaborative to conduct analgesic trials in children.