Pain Summit Conference About

The San Diego Pain Summit was founded by Rajam Roose and formed in a spur of the moment idea. Back in 2014, she organized a continuing education workshop for manual therapists. During one of the breaks, she overheard the instructor asking a couple the students (who had recently graduated from a physical therapy program) if they had learned anything about pain science in school. Such as from experts such as Patrick Wall, David Butler, Lorimer Moseley, etc.

The students nodded their heads, yes, and then one spoke out and replied: "Yes, we were taught about pain science at my school but I have no idea how to apply it into my practice."

A flash of an idea and the Summit was born. The San Diego Pain Summit aims to connect clinical practice and pain research together under one roof in an interdisciplinary gathering.


The mission of the San Diego Pain Summit is to help clinicians learn ways to create frameworks based on current pain research so they can develop effective pain management programs for their patients.

Together we are working to bridge the chasm in order to develop effective pain management programs for our patients. 

The San Diego Pain Summit format is linear, affording each participant access to all of the presentations available without having to choose between equally relevant and important topics.

Seating is limited to 200 people and the setting is intimate, allowing ample time to network, discuss the information presented with fellow attendees and presenters who represent a wide diversity of professions, and enjoy the scenery and amenities of Mission Bay.

Speakers and attendees come from all over the world - Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, Shanghai, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, and the U.S. - to network and share ideas. The audience represents a diverse group of professionals, including physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, Rolfing, personal training, and more.

The sense of community is another key reason people attend the Summit, and the value of community is fostered and strengthened throughout the Summit through the casual Networking Event, during breaks, and in the hands-on workshops.

Prior and upcoming keynote speakers:

  • Professor Lorimer Moseley (2015)
  • Dr. Robert Sapolsky (2016)
  • Dr. Peter O'Sullivan (2017)
  • Dr. Neil O'Connell (2018)

Order and watch the videos to prior conference events here.

Don’t miss out on the 2018 Summit! Come and see why David Butler (author of The Sensitive Nervous System & co-author Explain Pain), upon hearing about the 2015 Summit, wrote:

We have heard a lot of really good comments about the San Diego Pain Summit. Made me wish I was there.

In relation to a conference, the comments are quite novel – good vibe, full of deep thinking, unassuming and respectful people – people who really want to make a difference
— David Butler, Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI)

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 Rajam Roose is the Executive Director, founder, and organizer of the San Diego Pain Summit, LLC.  She currently resides in San Diego where she has recently launched a new venture, Grow Your Massage Business,  to help small business owners learn how to use internet marketing. Rajam has also published a memoir, Travels With A Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along The Roads Of The Americas, a travel narrative documenting 4.5 years she lived hitchhiking and vagabonding in four countries.