Scott Fishman, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Scott Fishman, M.D.

Fullerton Endowed Chair in Pain Medicine

Anderson Endowed Chair in Wellness

Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Executive Director, UC Davis School of Medicine Office of Wellness Education

Director, UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief


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Pain Medicine

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Physician Referrals

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

Clinical Interests

Dr. Fishman is continuing his educational and research activities in chronic pain, cancer pain management, psychiatric issues of chronic illness and pain, neuropathic pain treatment strategies, and medical informatics.


Pain Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Spine Center

Undergraduate School

B.A., Biology, Hampshire College, Amherst MA 1981

Medical School

M.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester MA 1990


Internal Medicine, Greenwich Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, Greenwich CT 1990-1991


Internal Medicine, Greenwich Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, Greenwich CT 1991-1993


Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1993-1996


Anesthesia Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1993-1995

America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Department Mentoring Director Award, UC Davis Health Mentoring Academy, 2017

American Pain Society Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain, 2015

National Center of Excellence in Pain Management by the American Pain Society awarded to UC Davis Pain Clinic, 2015

Recognition and Appreciation Award, Medical Board of California Enforcement Program, 2013

Fishman SM. Addressing the Public Health Crisis of Excessive Opioid Prescribing and Inadequate Pain Management Through Closing the Pain Education Gap. Pain Med. 2021 Feb 4;22(1):9-13. doi:10.1093/pm/pnaa379. PMID:33316037.

Servis M, Fishman SM, Wallace MS, Henry SG, Ziedonis D, Ciccarone D, Knight KR, Shoptaw S, Dowling P, Suchard JR, Shah S, Singh N, Cedarquist LC, Alem N, Copenhaver DJ, Westervelt M, Willis BC. Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: Educational Competencies for Pain and Substance Use Disorder from the Medical Schools of the University of California. Pain Med. 2021 Feb 4;22(1):60-66. doi:10.1093/pm/pnaa399. PMID:33316051.

Fishman SM, Copenhaver D, Lorenzen K, Schlingmann E, Chung C. UC Davis Train-the-Trainer Primary Care Pain Management Fellowship: Addressing the Pain Management Education Gap. Acad Med. 2021 Feb 1;96(2):236-240. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000003554. PMID:32590468.

Fishman SM, Carr DB, Hogans B, Cheatle M, Gallagher RM, Katzman J, Mackey S, Polomano R, Popescu A, Rathmell JP, Rosenquist RW, Tauben D, Beckett L, Li Y, Mongoven JM, Young HM. Scope and Nature of Pain- and Analgesia-Related Content of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Pain Med. 2018 Mar 1;19(3):449-459. doi:10.1093/pm/pnx336. PMID:29365160.

Copenhaver DJ, Karvelas NB, Fishman SM. Risk Management for Opioid Prescribing in the Treatment of Patients With Pain From Cancer or Terminal Illness: Inadvertent Oversight or Taboo? Anesth Analg. 2017 Nov;125(5):1610-1615. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000002463. PMID:29049111.

Jones JH, Singh N, Nidecker A, Li CS, Fishman S. Assessing the Agreement Between Radiologic and Clinical Measurements of Lumbar and Cervical Epidural Depths in Patients Undergoing Prone Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection. Anesth Analg. 2017 May;124(5):1678-1685. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000001839. PMID:28099288.

Fishman SM, Young HM. Driving Needed Change in Pain Education. Pain Med. 2016 Oct;17(10):1790-1792. doi:10.1093/pm/pnw216. Epub 2016 Aug 24. PMID:27561309.  

Solberg J, Copenhaver D, Fishman SM. Medial branch nerve block and ablation as a novel approach to pain related to vertebral compression fracture. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2016 Oct;29(5):596-9. doi:10.1097/ACO.0000000000000375. PMID:27548307.

Fishman SM. Evolving safe practices for chronic opioid therapy through regulation. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2014 Jan-Feb;39(1):4-5. doi: 10.1097/AAP.0000000000000042. PMID:24356401.

Fishman SM, Young HM, Lucas Arwood E, Chou R, Herr K, Murinson BB, Watt-Watson J, Carr DB, Gordon DB, Stevens BJ, Bakerjian D, Ballantyne JC, Courtenay M, Djukic M, Koebner IJ, Mongoven JM, Paice JA, Prasad R, Singh N, Sluka KA, St Marie B, Strassels SA. Core competencies for pain management: results of an interprofessional consensus summit. Pain Med. 2013 Jul;14(7):971-81. doi:10.1111/pme.12107. Epub 2013 Apr 11. PMID:23577878.