Scott Fishman, M.D.

Scott Fishman, M.D.



Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Pain Medicine


  • Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Fullerton Endowed Chair in Pain Medicine
  • Director, Center for Advancing Pain Relief
  • Professor


Scott Fishman 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. 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


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

B.A., Hampshire College, Amherst MA 1982

Internship: Internal Medicine, Greenwich Hospital, Yale University, New Haven CT 1990-1991


Internal Medicine, Greenwich Hospital, Yale University, New Haven CT 1991-1993

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


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

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2005

American Board of Pain Medicine,

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2010

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2010

Honors and Awards

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

Public Service Award, University of California, Davis, 2013

Distinguished Service Award, Federation of State Medical Board, 2013

America's Top Doctors, US News and World Report, 2011

Distinguished Service Award from American Academy of Pain Medicine, 2010

Select Recent Publications

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 Medicine. 2018;1-11.

Jones JH, Singh N, Nidecker A, Li C-S, Fishman SM. Assessing the Agreement Between Radiologic and Clinical Measurements of Lumbar and Cervical Epidural Depths in Patients Undergoing Prone Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2017;124(5):1678-1685.

Macres S, Moore PG, Fishman SM. Acute Pain Management: Chapter 55, Barash PG, Cullen BF, Stoelting RK, Cahalan MK, Stock MC, Ortega R, Sharar SR, Holt NF, (ed), Clinical Anesthesia: Eighth Edition, Wolters Kluwer/ Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. 2017;1562-1606.

Fishman SM, Young HM. Driving Needed Change in Pain Education. Pain Medicine. 2016;17:1790-1792.

Solberg J, Copenhaver D, Fishman SM. Medial branch nerve block and ablation as a novel approach to pain related to vertebral compression fracture. Current Opinion in Anesthesiology. 2016;29(5):596-9.

Fishman SM. Responsible Opioid Prescribing, 2nd edition, Federation of State Medical Boards, Dallas, TX. 2014.

Cortazzo M, Copenhaver DJ, Fishman SM. Opioids, Pain Management and the Law, Benzon N, (ed), Practical Management of Pain 5th Edition, Mosby, Baltimore, MD. 2013.

Pricket W, Copenhaver D, Fishman SM. Legal and Regulatory Considerations in Opioid Prescribing, Ries R, Fiellin D, Miller S, Saitz R, (ed), Principles of Addiction Medicine 5th Edition, American Society of Addiction Medicine and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. 2013.

Fishman SM. Listening to Pain. Republished by Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 2012.