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Pain Medicine Fellowship


About the 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.

Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award 2019

Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award

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





  • Mohammed Al-Zarah, MB, ChB
  • Abhinav Gupta, MD
  • Jason Hamamoto, MD
  • Joshua Perese, MD
  • Christopher Yih, DO


  • Paul DeJulio, MD
  • Kaivalya Deshpande, MD
  • Melat Gebre, MD
  • Edmund Posadas, MD
  • Brooke Towne, MD


  • Samantha Erosa, MD
  • Seth Katzen, DO
  • Roya Moheimani, MD
  • Coti Phillips, MD
  • Alexander Shustorovich, DO


  • Jacob Caylor, MD
  • Jacob Ezell, MD
  • Rupa Prasad, MD
  • Christopher Woolley, MD
  • Danielle Zheng, MD


  • Yi Cai, MD
  • Ryan Fraiser, DO
  • Ben Shin, MD
  • Revik Vartanian, DO
  • Alyssa Zhu, MD


  • Kelly Bruno, MD
  • Joel Castellanos, MD
  • Brandon Dairo, MD
  • Dennis Kuo, MD
  • Jessica 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, email them to the program coordinator.

Application Period: Applications will be accepted from December 1 – April 15 for positions starting the next year.

The fellowship runs from August 1st – July 31st.

Contact Information

Ileana Ramirez
Anesthesiology Fellowship Coordinator
Office: (858) 657-5272
Fax: (858) 249-1239

Nicole D'Angelo
Executive Assistant
Office: (858) 657-7702
Fax: (858) 249-1239

Rajiv Reddy, MD
Director of Pain Fellowship Program
UC San Diego Department of Anesthesiology
9300 Campus Point Dr., Mail Code 7651
La Jolla, CA 92037

Jeffrey Chen, MD
Associate Program Director, Pain Fellowship Program
UC San Diego Department of Anesthesiology


Timothy Furnish, MD
Division Chief
Associate Program Director, Pain Fellowship Program
UC San Diego Department of Anesthesiology

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