Paul Kreis, M.D.

Paul Gregory Kreis, M.D.



Pain Medicine


  • Professor


Paul Gregory Kreis 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
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kreis has a special interest in spinal injections, including selective nerve root blocks, sympathetic blockade, radiofrequency ablation, facet injections and discography.


Pain Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Spine Center


M.D., UC San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego CA 1982

B.S., Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR 1977

Internship: Internal Medicine, UCLA - Harbor Medical Center, Torrance CA 1982-1983


Anesthesiology, UCLA - Harbor Medical Center, Torrance CA 1984-1986


Pain Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1997-1998

Board Certifications

American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine,

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

American Society of Addiction Medicine

American Society of Anesthesia

California Medical Association

California Society of Addiction Medicine

California Society of Anesthesia

World Institute of Pain

Honors and Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award, UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine, 2014

EMR Hospital & Specialty Physician Champion of the Year, 2014

Recognition of Extraordinary Service to UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine, 2013

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, UC Davis Pain Management Center, 2002, 2007

Select Recent Publications

Gilson AM, Kreis PG. The burden of the nonmedical use of prescription opioid analgesics. Pain Med. 2009;10 Suppl 2:S89-100.

Kreis PG, Fishman SM, Chau K. Impact to spinal cord stimulator lead integrity with direct suture loop ties. Pain Medicine. 2009;10(3):495-500. 

Kreis PG, Fishman SM. Spinal Cord Stimulation. Oxford University Press, New York. 2009.

Chen FA, Fishman SM, Kreis PG. The opioid contract. Smith HS, (ed), Pain and Chemical Dependency, Oxford University Press. 2006.

Beck PV, G Mahajan, BL Wilsey, PG Kreis and SM Fishman. Fluoroscopic and electromyographic guided injection of the piriformis muscle with botulinum toxin type B. Pain Medicine. 2003;3(2):179.

Navani A, P Kreis, G Mahajan and SM Fishman. A case report of pulsed radiofrequency lesioning for greater occipital neuralgia. Pain Medicine. 2003;4(1):91.

Navani A, G Mahajan, P Kreis and SM Fishman. The role of gadolinium in interventional pain management as an alternative to iodinated contrast agents. Pain Medicine. 2003;4(1):111.