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Fellowship in Pain Medicine

The UC San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship offers extensive experience in varied chronic pain syndromes, cancer and palliative care, acute pain, and interventional pain management. Clinical settings include UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine clinic at Thornton Hospital in La Jolla, Moore's Cancer Center pain procedure suite in La Jolla, San Diego Veteran's Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) pain clinic and interventional pain procedure suite in La Jolla. The Thornton Hospital and VAMC operating rooms are utilized for surgical training on implantable pain therapies. Additionally, fellows manage inpatients at UC San Diego's Thornton Hospital and Hillcrest Hospital campuses. Our close relationship with San Diego Hospice offers fellows the opportunity for a unique cancer and palliative care experience. Fellows rotate through Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Pain and Neuro Radiology. Fellows also are given 30 days protected research time during which they may concentrate on a project of their choosing. Fellows are paired with a research mentor who works closely with them throughout the 12 month fellowship. Fellow didactics are held weekly and cover the wide range of topics recommended by the ACGME. Pain Medicine grand rounds are also held weekly and include monthly M&M conference, multidisciplinary grand rounds with the UC San Diego and Veterans Healthcare pain psychology departments, San Diego Hospice joint palliative care rounds, and Journal Club. 

The UC San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship currently offers four positions per year.  

Applications for the 2016 fellowship year will be accepted from February 1, 2015 – May 15, 2015.

Download Pain Medicine Fellowship Application  (See full requirements below)


2011-2012 2012-2013
Benjamin Beal, MD Leo Lombardo, MD
Leng Ky, MD Zaid Malik, MD
Terry Pexton, DO Christopher Noto, MD
Brandon Valine, MD David Hiller, MD - December 2013
2013-2014 2014-2015
Michael Sein, MD Jeffrey Chen, MD – November 2014
Amol Patwardhan, MD Taghogho Agarin, MD, MPH
David Hiller, MD - December 2013 David Bui, MD
Jeffrey Chen, M.D. Robert McLay, MD, PhD

Lei Shi, MD, PhD










Clinical Research Opportunities:

  • Phase II and III contract studies on pharmacologic interventions
  • Effect of pharmacological interventions on neurosenation
  • Outcome model for chronic pain and operant cognitive therapies
  • Opioids and sleep disordered breathing
  • CRPS and deep tissue perfusion

Laboratory Research Opportunities:

  • Preclinical models
  • Peripheral nerve models, toxicology models, spinal cord tissue prep, physiological and behavior models

Interested Candidates Should Send:

  • Download Pain Medicine Fellowship Application  
  • Report of Performance  
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • U.S.M.L.E. Scores 
  • Specialty In-Service Scores
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Dean's letter - Medical School
  • Report of Performance / Residency / Internship
  • Copies of current certificates of licensure to practice medicine (Need any others, i.e. DEA, Radiology, etc)
  • Copy of your Medical School Diploma
  • Current Photo
  • ECFMG if applicable

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

Mail to:

Timothy Furnish, MD
ATTN: Debra Kerrigan, Pain Fellowship Coordinator
UCSD, Dept of Anesthesiology
9300 Campus Point Drive, Mail Code 7651
La Jolla, CA 92037

For further information, contact:
Debra Kerrigan
Pain Fellowship Coordinator
(858) 657-7072

Incomplete Applications will not be considered.  Please contact us two weeks after sending to ensure completeness.

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

Thornton Hospital
9300 Campus Point Dr., MC 7651
La Jolla, CA 92037

Office: (858) 657-7030
FAX: (858) 657-7035