Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA is the chief of Pain Medicine within the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. Dr. Ashburn has served as co-chair of the University of Pennsylvania Health System Opioid Task Force, and is active in development of state and local policy related to pain management, as well as screening and treatment of opioid use disorder. Dr. Ashburn is a member of the Pennsylvania Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force, and has participated in the development of several state clinical practice guidelines related to the use of opioids to treat pain. In addition, Dr. Ashburn is a member of the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Board. Dr. Ashburn was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 1995-1996, where he served as a health policy advisor for Senator Orrin Hatch (R, UT) in Washington, DC. He served as the Chairman of the Pain Care Coalition from 2000-2002, and as the chair of the Pennsylvania Pain Coalition from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Ashburn has served as a consultant to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, and the Food and Drug Administration, and was a member of the Anesthesia and Life Saving Drugs Advisory Board for the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Ashburn has been active in the development and implementation of patient-reported outcome measures and the use of this data to improve the process of patient care, and ultimately patient outcomes.