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

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


Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine


  • Director of Pain Medicine Fellowship
  • Director of Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine
  • Assistant 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).

Patient Support Services Building

4150 V St., Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:

Additional Phone Numbers

Department Fax: 916-734-7980

Philosophy of Care

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: Traditional intervention spine techniques, Ultrasound-guided pain interventions, Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine, and Manual Therapy.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. De Mesa's research interests include: Dynamic neuromusculoskeletal ultrasound and compressive neuropathies such as neurogenic throacic plexus pathology.


Pain Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Spine Center
UC Davis Medical Group


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

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

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

Internship: Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn NY 2010-2011


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX 2010-2013

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


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

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pain Medicine

American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Medical Association

American Osteopathic Association

Honors and Awards

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

Faculty Teacher of the Year, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, 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

Select Recent Publications

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

Manoukian MAC, Migdal CW, Amode AR, Harris JA, and De Mesa C. Topical Administration of Ibuprofen for Injured Athletes: Considerations, Formulations, and Comparison to Oral Delivery. 2017;3(1): 1-9.

Gelfand A, Lenaerts M, De Mesa C, Bogduk N, Goadsby P. Neck- Tongue Syndrome: A Systemic Review. Cephalalgia. 2017.

Singh N, De Mesa C. Unusual Hypersensitivity Reaction to Iohexol During Epidural Steroid Injection Resulting in Lipoma Development: A Case Presentation. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation. 2016;8(12): 1218-1221.

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.

De Mesa C, Crump ME, Anti-AMPA Receptor Limbic Encephalitis presenting with Ovarian Teratoma, Encephalopathy and Autonomic Instability-A Case Report. PM&R Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation. 2013 Sept Vol 5, Issue 9, Pages S273-274.

De Mesa C, Amley, X, Lam, P, Seales, M, Kerstein, J. Mediastinitis following a routine dental procedure in a patient with history of cardiac surgery. N A J Med Sci. 2011;4(4):245-248.

Boychuk RB, De Mesa CJ, Kiyabu KM, Yamamoto F, Yamamoto LG, Sanderson R, Gartner B, Donovan R, Beckham S, Pang C, Fanucchi R, Chong V. Change in approach and delivery of medical care in children with asthma: results from a multicenter emergency department educational asthma management program. Pediatrics. 2006 Apr; 117(4Pt 2):S145-51.

Humphries M, Salhan N, De Mesa C. Ultrasound-guided pectoralis minor muscle block to aid diagnosis of neurovascular pectoralis minor syndrome. Society for Vascular Surgery. 2016. 

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.