Dr. Russell Portenoy is Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care and Executive Director of the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. He is a Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining MJHS, Dr. Portenoy was founding Chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care and the Gerald J. Friedman Chair in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. Dr. Portenoy is past-president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and past-president of the American Pain Society. He previously chaired the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Leadership Award of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; the Galen Miller Leadership Award of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; the Wilbert Fordyce Award for Lifetime Excellence in Clinical Investigation and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society; and the Founder’s Award by the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Portenoy has been Editor‑in‑Chief of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management for more than two decades, co-edits the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, and is editor for the palliative care section of The Oncologist. He has written, co-authored, or edited 21 books and more than 525 papers and book chapters on topics in pain and symptom management, opioid pharmacotherapy, and palliative care.