Dr. Paice earned an MS in Oncology Nursing from Rush University in Chicago and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying pain modulation pathways in an animal model.
She is currently the Director of the Cancer Pain Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and a Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University; Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also a full member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Paice is the current president of the American Pain Society, board member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and a past member of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research panel that developed clinical practice guidelines for cancer pain. Much of Dr Paice’s clinical work has been in the relief of pain associated with cancer and HIV disease. Her research interests include chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, adverse effects associated with analgesics, nonpharmacologic approaches, and quality improvement measures to foster pain relief. In 2002, the American Pain Society honored Dr. Paice with the Narcessian Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has traveled extensively within the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Japan to educate health care professionals regarding cancer pain relief. Dr. Paice serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Supportive Oncology and the Journal of Pain, and serves on the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of Pain and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. She is the author of more than 150 scientific manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. She was also one of the original consultants in the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) and has continued serving as a faculty member in this program.