Dr. Ballantyne received her medical degree from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, England. She trained in Anaesthesia at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England, before moving to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard University, Boston in 1990. She began her research career working with statisticians at Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts Center for Evidence-based Medicine, developing an evidence base for Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research (AHCPR, now AHRQ) pain guidelines. She became Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in MGH in 1999. She moved to the University of Washington in 2011 as UW Medicine Professor of Education and Research. She has editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks, is a widely published author, and is involved in the development of on-line educational programs. She has been a Board member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and chair of its education Endorsement Committee for the past six years. Last year she was appointed President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), a group of physicians that promotes rational opioid prescribing through advocacy, research and education.