Aram Mardian, M.D. is the founding Chief of the Chronic Pain Wellness Center at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. He is board certified in family medicine and holds additional certifications in pain medicine and medical acupuncture. He has been involved in pain education within the VA through the national Pain Mini-Residency Program, the Joint Pain Education Program (JPEP), and as section editor for provider education for the VHA national pain management website. Dr. Mardian was a lead contributor for the Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines published in 2014 and 2018, and a workgroup member for the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline “Management of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain” published in February 2017. He serves as Co-Chair for the Health Care Advisory Team for the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse Initiative.