COPE Faculty

COPE Faculty

Mark D. Sullivan, MD, PhD

Executive Director, COPE-REMS Training Program
Chair, Live Virtual Series “Treating Chronic Pain While Managing Risk” (available through

Dr. Sullivan is Executive Director of the COPE (Collaborative Opioid Prescribing Education) for REMS Training Program. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington. He has served as attending physician in the UW Pain Relief Center for over 25 years.

Dr. Sullivan received his MD and his PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. After completing an internship in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, he completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Washington in 1988. Dr. Sullivan has published over 225 peer-reviewed articles, many on chronic pain. He is currently participating in NIDA, NIMH, CDC and VA-funded studies on opioid therapy for chronic pain. He is the founder of COPE and leads the COPE-REMS Training Program, which has received a second year of grant funding from the REMS Program Companies to provide CME about safe opioid prescribing. He has been involved in the development and testing of the Washington State Opioid Dosing Guideline. Dr. Sullivan has been chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Pain Society and on the editorial board of the journal Pain


Faculty for “Treating Chronic Pain While Managing Risk” (through PainCareLive)



David J. Tauben, MD 

Dr. Tauben is Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and Director of Medical Student and Resident Education in Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Tauben has a joint appointment with the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the Department of Medicine, and provides specialty consultation and care at the UW Center for Pain Relief.

Dr. Tauben is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is also the Medical Director of UW TelePain, a telehealth educational program intended to provide innovative pain education through case-based consultations to primary care providers both regionally and nationally. He is a member of the NIH National Pain Strategy Task Force on pain education. Dr. Tauben is a principal investigator for the UW’s prestigious NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence for Pain Education and leads curriculum development to extend the pain proficiency qualifications of interprofessional primary care providers. Additionally, Dr. Tauben is a founding member of the State of Washington Agency Medical Directors panel of medical experts developing opioid prescription guidelines for the state, and a regular clinical and content expert for regulatory and legislative bodies involved in public policy regarding pain medicine practice and standards. He regularly speaks as a clinical expert in medical management of chronic pain, especially as it applies to primary care practices. Dr. Tauben has served as an expert for several US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clinical outreach programs, advising primary care providers on how to prescribe opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. 




Dr. Ballantyne is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. She was recently appointed President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), which is an advocacy group that lobbies government agencies concerning regulation for medical use of opioids.  From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Ballantyne was Director of the Pain Fellowship Program at the University of Washington Medical Center. 

Dr. Ballantyne received her medical degree from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, England. She later trained in Anesthesia at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England, before moving to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard University, Boston in 1990.  She became Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at MGH in 1999.  Dr. Ballantyne joined the University of Washington in 2011 as UW Medicine Professor of Education and Research. Her research is focused on the development of opioid management tools utilizing electronic outcomes assessment and rapid learning methodology. She has editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks, is a widely published author, and is involved in the development of online educational programs. 



Gregory W. Terman, MD, PhD

Dr. Terman is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also a member of the University of Washington Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior. Currently, Dr. Terman is President of the American Pain Society (APS).

Dr. Terman has nearly 35 years of experience studying synaptic plasticity of the central nervous system as a result of repeated nociception (e.g., central sensitization) and repeated analgesic drugs (e.g., opiate tolerance). He has been the author or co-author of more than 120 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters, including several published in high impact journals. Dr. Terman received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at UCLA. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine before moving to the University of Washington for an anesthesiology residency, a clinical Pain Fellowship, and ultimately joining the UW faculty in 1991. He has served as Director of Pain Research for the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and is the current Director of the Acute Pain Service at the University of Washington Medical Center. Nationally, he was a Mayday Fund Pain and Society Fellow in 2011, is a special government employee working as an advisor to the FDA (with particular emphasis on opioid REMS), has worked with SAMHSA and the ONC to guide improvements in Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, and is currently a member of the oversight panel for the National Pain Strategy Project sponsored by NIH and HHS.