Richard Payne is the Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School and is an internationally known expert in the areas of pain relief, care for those near death, oncology and neurology. Payne has served on numerous panels and advisory committees, many at the national level. He has given expert testimony to the Congressional Black Caucus National Brain Trust and the President’s Cancer Panel in the area of healthcare access disparities in cancer care, palliative medicine and end-of-life care. He also has received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society, of which he is president; the Humanitarian Award from the Urban Resources Institute; and the Janssen Excellence in Pain Award. He holds degrees from Yale University and Harvard Medical School.