Dr. Fitzcharles is a clinical rheumatoroglogist with an interest in pain management in the rheumatic diseases. Undergraduate and postgraduate medical training was at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and the London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, England. She has been a rheumatologist at McGill University, Montreal, Canada since 1982. She gas acted as an advisor to Health Canada in the area of pain in rheumatic diseases. She was the guest editor for the Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North American May, 2008 volume devoted to Pain Management in the Rheumatic Diseases and is currently a member of the following working groups: Lead author of 2012 Canadian Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of fibromyalgia syndrome; Co-Chair American College of Rheumatology Pain and Fibromyalgia 2012, 2013 abstract committee; Royal College of Physicians of Canada specialty core committee for the introduction of Pain Management as a specialist discipline and Past Program Chair for the Quebec Pain society annual general meeting.