IASP Appoints Steve Gardner as New CEO

IASP Appoints Steve Gardner as New CEO

Washington, D.C. (January 2, 2024) – The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) welcomes Steve Gardner as the association’s new CEO. He was named IASP’s Interim CEO in August 2023 and begins the permanent CEO role on January 2, 2024. 

Gardner brings extensive experience from a wide range of leadership roles in trade associations, a global nonprofit, and a communications consulting firm. His previous roles include serving as Interim CEO at the International Safety Equipment Association and Chief Operating Officer at the Corn Refiners Association. Gardner’s additional experience includes key executive and communications-focused positions at Crosby-Volmer International Communications, the American Chemistry Council, US Pharmacopeia, and The Aluminum Association. Additionally, he has led the formation of several nonprofit organizations and foundations.

Gardner holds a master’s degree in communications from the University of Louisiana and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maine.

About the International Association on the Study of Pain (IASP)

The International Association on the Study of Pain (IASP) is the leading global organization supporting the study and practice of pain and pain relief. IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, health care providers, and policymakers from around the world in pursuit of their mission to bring relief to those who are in pain.

To learn more, please visit www.iasp-pain.org.

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