Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Patrick Coyne, R.N., clinical nurse specialist and clinical director
of the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at the Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical Center, has been selected for the first year of the Mayday Fund's
Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship.
The three-year fellowship was established by the Mayday Fund to provide
new leaders in the pain-management field with tools that will enable them
to reach the broader public.
Coyne will join five other fellows from around the United States and
Canada who are established experts in a wide range of pain-management
disciplines, including anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry and pediatric
During the fellowship, Coyne will attend an intensive four-day workshop
in Washington, D.C., in September, and will work closely with a communications
firm for five months afterward to learn how to work with local and national
media, to write opinion editorials, to develop relationships with university
public affairs and government relations leadership and to interact with
state legislators and members of Congress.
Coyne and the other fellows will develop skills to advocate and communicate
on many of the pain issues they deal with everyday, including the undertreatment
of pain, pediatric pain, chronic pain, palliative care, the treatment
of pain with prescription medications, alternative treatments for pain
and disparities in pain treatment.
As a clinical nurse specialist at VCU, Coyne has initiated and overseen
the multi-disciplinary Cancer Pain Center within the Massey Cancer Center,
which handles referrals on difficult cancer-and-HIV-pain management situations
from throughout the mid-Atlantic Region. Coyne also is clinical director
of the Thomas Palliative Care Unit, where he goes on rounds with the oncology
team and assists with identifying patient needs, such as discharge and
nursing requirements and augmenting pain and symptom management.
In addition to conducting research, Coyne also has published numerous
articles related to pain management, symptom control and issues in end-stage
disease. Coyne's other recent honors include being listed in Richmond
Magazine's Top Docs issue, which came out in April. The listing featured
the results from a regional survey conducted by the magazine, which asked
more than 3,000 licensed medical doctors and osteopaths which specialists
they would choose if they or their family members needed medical treatment.
The magazine received 515 completed surveys, and Coyne was recognized
as one of top pain-management providers.
Coyne received his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Niagara
University in New York, and his Master's in the Science of Nursing with
a functional area in administration from the College of Nursing and Allied
Health at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a resident of Rockville,
Established in 1992, the Mayday Fund is dedicated to further Shirley
Steinman Katzenbach's commitment to social and medical causes and her
special interest in the treatment of pain. Over the last 10 years, Mayday
has supported many different projects, including surveys of public attitudes
to pain and its treatment, role model and documentation programs, assistance
to public and professional advocacy groups, and clinical and academic