David Copenhaver, M.D., M.P.H.

David J. Copenhaver, M.D., M.P.H.




  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Director, Cancer Pain Management & Supportive Care
  • Director, Pain Tele-Health programs


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

Patient Support Services Building

4150 V St., Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Department Fax: 916-734-7980

Philosophy of Care

Cancer Pain Management and Supportive Care - Using all means necessary to reduce pain, improve function and the quality of our patient's lives.

Clinical Interests

Cancer Pain Management and Supportive Care 

Pain Medicine Education and Telementoring - Improving pain care across the state of California and beyond through the use of technology.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr David Copenhaver is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist and faculty in the Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at UC Davis Health Center.  

Dr. Copenhaver is the director of Cancer Pain Management and Supportive Care Program in addition to the Pain Medicine Telehealth program at UC Davis.

Dr. Copenhaver has research interests in health services administration, pain medicine education, responsible opioid management, targeted drug delivery, and the applied use of stem cells in the setting of intervertebral disc disease.  

Copenhaver completed his undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience, Physiology and Behavior at UC Davis. He subsequently went on to UCLA to complete his medical school education and a master's degree in public health. Dr. Copenhaver completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Columbia Univeersity College of Physicians and Surgeons and his pain medicine fellowship at UC Davis.


Pain Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., David Geffen School of Medicine - UC Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 2005

M.P.H., Fielding School of Public Health UC Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 2005

B.S./B.A., UC Davis, Davis CA 1997/1998

Internship: Internal Medicine, UC Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 2005-2006


Anesthesiology, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan NY 2006-2009


Pain Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2009-2010

Board Certifications

American Board of Anesthesiology - Diplomate, 2011

American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, 2011

Professional Memberships

American Society of Anesthesiology

International Association for the Study of Pain

Honors and Awards

Sacramento Magazine's 2017 Top Doctors, 2017

Recognition of Excellent Care, UC Davis Health, 2017

Outstanding Teacher of the Year UC Davis Pain Medicine 2011-2014,

Gary Collins Fellow Teacher of the Year Award UC Davis, 2010

Sara C. Armstrong Award for Compassionate Care, UC Davis Health, 2010

Team Captain of the Year, Columbia University Anesthesiology, 2009

Select Recent Publications

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.

Solberg J, Copenhaver D, Fishman SM. Medial Branch Block and Ablation as a Novel Approach to Pain Related to Vertebral Compression Fracture. Current Opinion in Anesthesiology. 2016.

Smith HS, Sheth SJ, Copenhaver DJ, Fishman SM: Radiation and Imaging Radiation Safety for the Pain Specialist, Principles and Practice of Pain Medicine. 2016.

Copenhaver DJ, Prickett W, Fishman SM: Essentials, Legal and Regulatory Considerations in Opioid Prescribing Companion Book, Ries RK, Fiellin DA, Miller SC, Saitz R, (ed), Principles of Addiction Medicine, Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. 2015.

Calderon R, Copenhaver D. Postdural puncture headache. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2013 Dec;27(4):406-7. Epub 2013 Nov 18.

Calderon R, Copenhaver D. Buprenorphine for chronic pain. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2013 Dec;27(4):402-5. . Epub 2013  Nov 18.

Wettstein ZS, Fleming M, Chang AY, Copenhaver DJ, Wateska AR, Bartsch SM, Lee BY, Kulkarni RP. Total economic cost and burden of dengue in Nicaragua: 1996-2010. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Oct;87(4):616-22. Epub 2012 Aug 13.

Chang AY, Parrales ME, Jimenez J, Sobieszczyk ME, Hammer SM, Copenhaver DJ, Kulkarni RP. Combining Google Earth and GIS mapping technologies in a dengue surveillance system for developing countries. Int J Health Geogr. 2009 Jul 23;8:49.

Cheung SW, Bonham BH, Schreiner CE, Godey B, Copenhaver DA. Realignment of interaural cortical maps in asymmetric hearing loss. J Neurosci. 2009 May 27;29(21):7065-78.