Fellowship in Pain Medicine

Starting in 1993 the UC San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship has offered specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain syndromes, cancer pain, 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 ten core faculty members who are board certified in pain medicine with base training in anesthesia, PM&R and neurology. Fellows also receive training from guest lecturers and rotation faculty from psychiatry, psychology, palliative medicine, orthopedic surgery, gynecology, 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, and at San Diego Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) pain clinic and pain procedure suite. Both facilities are in La Jolla, California. Additionally, fellows consult on inpatients at UC San Diego’s La Jolla and Hillcrest Hospitals. Fellows have rotations in psychiatry, pediatric pain, neuro-radiology and palliative care. Each fellow receives 5 to 6 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 research, 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 the pain psychology department, 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.

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

Past and Current Fellows

Leo Lombardo, MD
Zaid Malik, MD
Christopher Noto, MD
Daid Hiller, MD - December 2013
Michael Sein, MD
Amol Patwardhan, MD, PhD
David Hiller, MD - December 2013
Jeffrey Chen, MD
Jeffrey Chen, MD - November 2014
Taghogho Agarin, MD, MPH
David Bui, MD
Robert McLay, MD, PhD
Lei Shi, MD, PhD
Omar Halawa, MD
Kristen Noon, MD
Mikiko Murakami, DO
Marisa Terry, MD

Charles Chaney, MD
Jonathan Chu, MD
Brittany Grovey, MD
Gemayel Lee, MD
  • Fellow Research Opportunities:
    We offer a wide-range of research opportunities for fellows while at UCSD, from basic science pain research projects to investigator-iniated clinical studies and trials. Our entire faculty actively participates in various academic projects, including research that would be suitable for fellows to contribute to during their fellowship year.
  • Pain Research Website:

  • Optional 2 Year Research and Clinical Pain Fellowship:
    UC San Diego offers the option of a two year combined fellowship in clinical pain management and clinical research in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry. The goal of the combined UCSD-Neuromodulation Pain Research (NPR)/VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH) Advanced Fellowship is to train physicians in research, education, and clinical skills in order to launch their careers as independent academic researchers and clinical leaders in prevention, and treatment of pain and stress-related disorders. Qualified applicants will be accepted for a two-year fellowship.   Each fellow will complete one year of research (sponsored by the office of academic affairs of the VA), followed by one year in the pain medicine clinical fellowship (sponsored by the UCSD Department of Anesthesiology). The combined UCSD-NPR/CESAMH fellowship provides an ideal setting in which to train talented physicians to become highly productive clinical researchers and leaders in the fields of neuromodulation, pain medicine, and stress treatments. Applicants may indicate an interest in this combined fellowship via separate communication to the fellowship program director.


Interested Candidates Should Apply through ERAS

    In addition to a complete ERAS application, the following supplemental materials must be sent directly to the fellowship program coordinator in order to complete the application:

    1. Copy of Medical School Diploma
    2. Copy of Intership Diploma (if applicable) 

    Applications will be accepted from January 1st – April 30th for positions starting the next year.

    Mail or email supplemental materials 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
    Office: (858) 657-7072
    Fax: (858) 657-5014

    Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  Please contact us two weeks after sending supplemental materials 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) 657-7072
    Fax: (858) 657-5014
    E-mail: tfurnish@ucsd.edu