Dr. Turk is John and Emma Bonica Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research and Director of the Fibromyalgia Research Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He is also editor-in-chief of The Clinical Journal of Pain and co-director of the Initiative on the Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials. While his research has been funded by the National Center for Health Statistics, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, and numerous private foundations, he has consistently received funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1977.
Dr. Turk has published over 450 journal articles and chapters in erudite texts. He has written and edited 13 volumes, including The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life.
Dr. Turk is a consultant to EMpi Recovery Sciences, Janssen, Ortho-McNeil, and Pricara; is on the advisory boards of Abbott, Eli Lilly, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer; receives grant support from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; and is a special government employee of the United States Food and Drug Administration.