Pain Medicine Fellowship

 Starting in 1993 the UC San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship has offered specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain syndromes, cancer, and acute pain. Our fellows learn to employ a multidimensional treatment approach that includes physical therapies, pharmacologic agents, psychological therapies, alternative medicine therapies, as well as a broad array of interventional techniques. The program’s multidisciplinary training of pain fellows includes core faculty from anesthesia, PM&R and neurology. Fellows also receive training from guest lecturers and rotation faculty from psychiatry, psychology, palliative medicine, gynecology, orthopedic surgery, radiology, and physical therapy. We accept fellowship applicants from any discipline that offers ABMS certification in Pain Medicine including: Anesthesia, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, Psychiatry, and others. 

Clinical training occurs primarily at UC San Diego Health System’s Center for Pain Medicine outpatient and procedures clinics in La Jolla and at San Diego Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) pain clinic and pain procedure suite, also in La Jolla, California. Additionally, fellows consult on inpatients at UC San Diego’s La Jolla and Hillcrest Hospitals. Fellows have rotations in Psychiatry, Neuro-Radiology and Palliative Care. Each fellow receives 4 weeks of protected research time in order to concentrate on a project of their choosing. Fellows are paired with a research mentor who works closely with them throughout the 12 month fellowship. Lectures on anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, diagnosis, and management of pain are held weekly and cover a wide range of topics required by the ACGME. Pain Medicine grand rounds are also held weekly and include M&M case conferences, multidisciplinary grand rounds with our pain psychologists, palliative care service joint case conferences, journal clubs, radiology rounds, research forums and a quarterly joint case tele-conference with UC Davis Pain Medicine Program.  All fellows take a graduate level neuroscience course on mechanisms of pain taught by UC San Diego pain clinical and research faculty.

The UC San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship was the recipient of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) 2019 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award.

Current Fellows


​Paul DeJulio, MD
​Kaivalya Deshpande, MD

​Melat Gebre, MD
​Edmund Posadas, MD
​Brooke Towne, MD


2020-2021 ​

Samantha Erosa, MD
​Jacob Caylor, MD
Seth Katzen, DO
​Jacob Ezell, MD
Roya Moheimani, MD
​Rupa Prasad, MD
Coti Phillips, MD
​Christopher Woolley, MD
Alexander Shustorovich, DO
Danielle Zheng, MD



Yi Cai, MDKelly Bruno, MD
Ryan Fraiser, DOJoel Castellanos, MD
Ben Shin, MDBrandon Dairo, MD
Revik Vartanian, DODennis Kuo, MD
Alyssa Zhu, MDJessica Oswald, MD

Applications Process

Interested Candidates Should Apply through ERAS. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  If you have supplemental materials you wish to submit please email them to the program coordinator. Fellowship runs from August 1st to July 31st.

Application Period

Applications will be accepted from December 1st – April 15th for positions starting the next year. 

Note To Prospective Applicants About USCD's COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate:
UC San Diego and San Diego County Health policies mandate that all healthcare workers be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have an exemption for medical or religious reasons (subject to review and approval).  In addition, UCSD's major affiliates have similar expectations.

Contact Information

Ileana Ramirez
Anesthesiology Fellowship Coordinator
Office: (858) 657-5272
Fax: (858) 249-1239
Nicole D'Angelo
Executive Assistant/Administrative Support
Office: (858) 657-7702
Fax: (858) 249-1239
Rajiv Reddy, MD
Director of Pain Fellowship Program
UCSD Department of Anesthesiology
9300 Campus Point Dr., MC 7651
La Jolla, CA 92037

Jeffrey Chen, MD
Associate Program Director, Pain Fellowship Program
UCSD Department of Anesthesiology

Timothy Furnish, MD
Associate Program Director, Pain Fellowship Program UCSD Department of Anesthesiology
UCSD Department of Anesthesiology

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