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Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those Who Live with Chronic Pain

Scott Simon
Public Forum & Art Exhibition
September 15, 2016

Community Christian Church
4601 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
In recognition of National Pain Awareness Month and the millions of Americans who struggle to live with chronic pain, PAINS, a program of the Center for Practical Bioethics, is hosting an evening with author Dr. David Nagel and artist Jacquelyn Sullivan Gould.
Refreshments and Art Exhibition
Refreshments and opportunity to view an art installation by Jacquelyn Sullivan Gould. A native Kansas Citian, Ms. Gould is the director of galleries and assistant professor of fine art and sculpting at Michigan State University. Her installation, which guests may view in the Library at the back of the sanctuary, depicts her personal experience of living with chronic pain. Her work has been exhibited nationally in group and solo exhibitions.
Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those Who Live with Chronic Pain
Dr. David Nagel, physician and author of Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those Who Live with Chronic Pain, will discuss his experiences as a specialist in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain management at Concord Orthopedics in New Hampshire. Dr. Nagel is his state’s delegate to the American Academy of Pain Medicine and has been an active participant in PAINS since its beginning in 2011. Each household in attendance will receive a free copy of Needless Suffering.
While this event is free to the public, we do request reservations.  If you have questions, please contact Cindy Leyland at or 816-979-1357.
For information about PAINS, go to
  • Myra and Truman Christopher
  • Community Christian Church
  • Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Rainy Day Books
  • Pain University via Lesli Hill
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Philips via Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation
  • Saint Luke’s Hospital’s Ethics Committee
  • Saint Luke’s Hospital Medical Staff
  • Shawnee Mission Medical Center
  • Dr. and Mrs. Johan Suyderhoud


The Painful Truth

Tuesday, September 20th
5:30 - 8:00pm
Students $15
Single $25
Couples $45
Center for Practical Bioethics and American Public Square begins its 3rd season with THE PAINFUL TRUTH, a dinner, September 20th, 5:30-8:00 pm @UMKC Pierson, looking at opioid use and regulation and whether Missouri should create a prescription drug registry. Panelists include CPB's Myra Christopher; Sherry Green, Natl Alliance for Model State Drug Laws; MO Rep. Holly Rehder; and MO Sen. Rob Schaaf, moderated by KCPT's Nick Haines with KCUR's Stephen Steigman as roving reporter. Students $15. Single $25. Couples $45.




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