After 12 years as a pain and opioid researcher, in 1995 Dr. Thomas joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) where he has managed much of NIDA’s pain and opioid research efforts. In 2015, he joined DESPR’s Services Research Branch. He currently is co-chair of the NIDA Prescription Opioids and Pain workgroup, which fosters pain and opioid research and education. He is also a founding member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Consortium, which promotes and pain research across the NIH. He is also a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Coordination Committee Prescription Opioids Subcommittee, National Pain Strategy working group on Provider Education, and the Interagency Pain Research Coordination Committee. Dr. Thomas served as the NIH liaison to the CDC in the development of the CDC guidelines on opioid prescribing for chronic pain. Dr. Thomas is also the lead on the NIH Pain Consortium Centers of Excellence in Pain Education which is promoting pain education in medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy and other professional schools.