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Arnstein, Paul, RN, PhD, FNP-C, ACNS-BC

Adjunct Associate Professor, Nurse Practitioner Program, MGH Institute for Health Professions


Dr. Paul Arnstein is the Director of MGH Cares about Pain Relief at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Pain Management Nurse who works with both inpatient and outpatient populations at MGH to provide optimal pain control.

Dr. Arnstein received his BSN from Saint Louis University, his MSN from the University of Utah and his PhD from Boston College. For over 30 years he has helped thousands of patients in pain. Dr. Arnstein also works with professionals and policymakers to ensure that no patient lives or dies with needless pain due to unrealistic fears and mistaken beliefs about pain and its treatment.

Dr. Arnstein's research that has been referenced in the popular media supports the value of nurse-led interventions that help chronic pain patients think, feel and do better. He is currently a co-investigator involved in research developing a Center of Excellence in Pain Education at a variety of professional training programs in Boston, as well as a research project teaching the use of coping skills to help chronic pain patients undergoing an opioid taper.

Dr. Arnstein volunteers widely for professional organizations such as the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (Past President), the American Pain Society and the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation. He also serves on committees for the Joint Commission and the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee created by the Department of Health and Human Services to enhance pain research efforts and promote collaboration across professional groups and governmental agencies.

Dr. Arnstein has participated in the development and dissemination of several position papers to help reduce pain in vulnerable populations. He is a strong spokesperson for the nursing field's contributions to interprofessional programs and clinical guidelines. He is widely published and frequently speaks at local, regional and national levels addressing topics that help improve the way pain is managed.