Richard Payne, MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is Chief of Pain & Palliative Care Service for the Department of Neurology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He received his BA degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. He completed his internship and residency in Medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. He did a residency and was a clinical affiliate in Neurology at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Campus in New York. He went on to become a research fellow in the Laboratory of Neuro-Oncology at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York, and then a clinical fellow in Neurology at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Campus in New York.
Dr. Payne serves as Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University where he is attending Neurologist at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Campus in New York. He is Anne B. Tandy Chair and attending in Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
His honors and awards include: Medical Acheiver Award, North General Hospital, Janssen Pain Excellence Award and New York Resident Top 100 New Yorkers of the Year, December 2001 issue. He serves on various Medical Advisory Boards, including: Chair, Pfizer Neuropathic Pain in Cancer Advisory Board, New York, NY; Purdue Pharma Scientific Advisory Board on Painfully Obvious Youth Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program, Washington, DC; and Chair, Ionix Clinical Advisory Board, Fulcrum Pharma Developments, London, England.
Dr. Payne has been invited to speak at over 150 meetings, lectures and symposiums. He has been awarded more than 25 grants, including one with the National Cancer Institute’s Psychiatric and Pain Research Training Center (1999-2004). The project’s goal is to support a research training program in psycho-oncology and pain and palliative care.
Dr. Payne resides in New York City with his wife Terrie and their two children.