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Welcome to the UCSD Center for Pain Medicine


We are honored to have received two of the highest recognitions in our field, having been recognized as a Clinical Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society and receiving the Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. These awards are a recognition of superior clinical care, academic excellence, and an active research and education program.  It is also a validation of the multidisciplinary approach to pain care that is the hallmark of the UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine. 
Our multidisciplinary team of pain specialists provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of chronic pain (including spine, musculoskeletal, nerve, and joint pain), headache, cancer pain, spasticity and more. The UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine offers the most advanced pain treatment options available in a compassionate and supportive environment. 
Pain is a major problem in clinical medicine with profound effects on physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. It is estimated that three of four patients seek the help of a medical professional because of pain, yet instruction on pain management in our medical schools has historically had a low priority, which has lead to a poor understanding and the under treatment of pain. Recent advances in our understanding of pain, headache, and spasticity have lead to new therapies and technologies to reduce pain and suffering, return maximum level of function and independence, and restore quality of life. 
The UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine is a division of the Department of Anesthesiology and provides care to thousands of patients in the ambulatory and hospital settings.  Please explore these pages to learn more about our team and the services we offer.

The mission of the UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine (CPM) is to: 

  • We make every effort to specially tailor the treatment plan to the patient’s personal needs and objectives  
  • Provide a multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient pain service devoted to the highest level of individualized patient care  
  • To create awareness among faculty, residents, and affiliated staff of the services, provided by the UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine  
  • To improve the understanding of the mechanisms of pain through quality, peer-reviewed research into the physiology, pharmacology, and molecular biology of nociceptive processing

Additional information on Pain Management can be found here.

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