Charles De Mesa, D.O., M.P.H. for UC Davis Health

Charles De Mesa, D.O., M.P.H.

Director of Pain Medicine Fellowship

Director of Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine

Associate Professor

Charles De Mesa is not currently accepting new patients. For assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Pain Medicine

Locations and Contact

Patient Support Services Building

Patient Support Services Building
4150 V St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

Get Directions

Phone: 916-734-5031

Additional Numbers

Clinic Fax


Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. De Mesa believes in a holistic approach to treating patients with an emphasis on wellness recognizing the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health.

Clinical Interests

Dr. De Mesa's clinical interests include: Holistic Approach, Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine, Regenerative and Restorative Medicine, Interventional spine techniques,  Ultrasound-guided pain interventions, Manual Therapy and Neuromodulation.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. De Mesa's research interests include: Cellular therapies in Pain Medicine, dynamic neuromusculoskeletal ultrasound and compressive neuropathies and Academic education.


Pain Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Spine Center

Undergraduate School

B.S., Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA 1997

Medical School

D.O., A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville MO 2010

Other School

M.P.H., Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu HI 1999


Rotating Internship, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn NY 2010-2011


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX 2011-2014


Chief Academic Resident- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX 2013-2014


Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2014-2015

Faculty Teacher of the Year, UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Outstanding Teaching Award- Chronic Pain UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology, 2018, 2019

Top Doctor in Sacramento CA, 2018

Lifesaver Campaign Recognition from "a grateful patient", 2017

American Academy of Pain Medicine Recipient of the AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award, 2016

Vice Chancellor Recognition for Patient Care, UC Davis Health, 2016

Patient Experience and Performance Excellence - Recognition of Excellent Care, UC Davis Health, 2016

UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine Gary Collins, M.D. Memorial Fellow Teacher of the Year Award, 2015

Oliver R. Smith, M.D. Award for Outstanding Resident, 2014

Carlos Vallbona, M.D. Professionalism Award, 2014

Baylor College of Medicine / University of Texas PMR Alliance Resident Teacher of the Year Award, 2014

Drs Isabelle and Josephine Morelock Osteopathic Scholarship Award ATSU-KCOM, 2008

Excellence Award, ATSU-KCOM Area Health Education Preventive Medicine and Community Service, 2007

Singh N, DeMesa C, Pritzlaff S, Jung M, Green C. Implementation of Virtual Multiple Mini-Interviews for Fellowship Recruitment. Pain Med. 2021 Aug 6;22(8):1717-1721. doi:10.1093/pm/pnab141. PMID:33871655.

Escalon MX, De Mesa C, Valdez G, Silver JK, Kirksey KM, Verduzco-Gutierrez M. Beyond a Hashtag: Strategies to Move Toward a More Inclusive Physiatry Workforce. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 Jul 1;100(7):712-717. doi:10.1097/PHM.0000000000001623. PMID:33065579.

Ramezani A, Roberto LK, Andrade Jr AL, DeMesa C, Carver R, Raheel, A. Khan RA, Aria L, Rockers D, Barry L, Rasmussen, C., Malekafzali S, Aurora MA, Cohen C, Rogers CG, Lloyd S. Taking on a Community Solutions Process (Co-Solve) to the Pain and Opioid Epidemic: A Multi-disciplinary and Multi-institute Pain Panel and Community Response in Sacramento, California. CA J Health Promotion. 2018;16(2):66-73.

Singh N, DeMesa C, Sheth S. Psychological Preparation for Neuromodulation: A Systematic Review. 2018 NANS Annual Meeting, Caesars Palace, LV. 2018 Jan 11-14.

Manoukian MAC, Migdal CW, Tembhekar AR, Harris JA, DeMesa C. Topical Administration of Ibuprofen for Injured Athletes: Considerations, Formulations, and Comparison to Oral Delivery. Sports Med Open. 2017 Oct 5;3(1):36. doi:10.1186/s40798-017-0103-2. PMID:28983850.

Gelfand AA, Johnson H, Lenaerts ME, Litwin JR, De Mesa C, Bogduk N, Goadsby PJ. Neck-Tongue syndrome: A systematic review. Cephalalgia. 2018 Feb;38(2):374-382. doi:10.1177/0333102416681570. Epub 2017 Jan 18. PMID:28100071.

Singh N, De Mesa C. Unusual Hypersensitivity Reaction to Iohexol During Epidural Steroid Injection Resulting in Lipoma Development: A Case Presentation. PM R. 2016 Dec;8(12):1218-1221. doi:10.1016/j.pmrj.2016.06.005. Epub 2016 Jun 9. PMID:27292434.

De Mesa C, Chu I, Furukawa K, Sheth S. Use of Continuous Femoral and Sciatic Nerve Catheters to Facilitate a Multidisciplinary Inpatient-Based Rehabilitation Plan in a Child with Lower Extremity Type 1 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Nov;94(11):e114-5. doi:10.1097/PHM.0000000000000348. PMID:26098930.

Humphries M, Salhan N, De Mesa C. Ultrasound-guided pectoralis minor muscle block to aid diagnosis of neurovascular pectoralis minor syndrome. Society for Vascular Surg. 2016. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2016.03.115.

Humphries M, De Mesa C, Sheth S. Salhan N, Freischlag J. Ultrasound-guided Anesthetic or Botulinum Toxin Injection of the Anterior and Middle Scalene muscles to assist with diagnosis and treatment of neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Society for Vascular Surgery. 2016. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2016.03.365.