Dr. Staats was the founder of the division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the division chief and director for over a decade. In this capacity he was youngest division chief at Johns Hopkins and the first anesthesiologist to obtain surgical priviliges for neuromodulation therapies at any academic university. In 2003 he became a founding partner in Premier Pain Centers in New Jersey which recently merged with National Spine and Pain Centers (NSPC), the largest pain practice in the United States. He is currently the chief medical officer of NSPC and electroCore.He is boarded by the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and the World Institute of Pain (FIPP) and has received fellowship status from both the World Institute of Pain and the North American Neuromodulation Society. He has edited or co- authored 13 textbooks on pain medicine and written close to five hundred articles, book chapters and abstracts on the diagnosis and management of complex pain problems. His publications have appeared in prominent journals including JAMA, Lancet, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and others. He has chaired hundreds of meetings devoted to pain and neuromodulation around the world. He is listed in Americas Top Doctors, New Jersey Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America. He is the Past President of ASIPP, (The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians), the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the southern pain society the New Jersey Society of interventional pain physicians (NJSIPP), and was the first chair of the American Society of Anesthesia’s committee on Interventional pain. He is immediate past chairman of the Board of Examination World Institute of Pain (WIP) and is currently President of the WIP. He is also the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Excellence in Pain Management Award from the Southern Pain Society, as well as the Physician of the Year Award from both the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain and the New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain. He has received distinguished service awards from AAPM, ASIPP, NANS and NJSIPP, and the Raj award for excellence (2017) and the lifetime achievement award (2018) from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the West Virginia New York and New Jersey societies of Interventional Pain Physicians, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the American Society of Pain and neuroscience His patents and research have led to novel approaches and FDA approvals in pain management and healthcare including novel pharmaceuticals and medical devices (Qutenza, Prialt and Gammacore).