David Fish, M.D.

A Short Biography:

David E. Fish, M.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Assistant Program Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship at GLA VA WLA/ UCLA Multidisciplinary program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Fish is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. He is also a consulting physician for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Fish is a leading expert in the treatment of Non-operative spinal disorders and is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), the Academic Association of Physiatrists (AAP), the International Society of Injection Specialists (ISIS), and the North American Spine Society (NASS). Dr. Fish earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in New York, New York. After graduation, he completed a medical internship at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and his residency at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was named Chief Resident for 2000 – 2001, before completing a fellowship in Pain Medicine at UCLA / WLA VA Multicampus training Program. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Since joining staff at UCLA, Dr. Fish was awarded the Distinguished Clinician award by residents for his work in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Clinical Instructor of the Year for David Geffen School of Medicine Medical Student Training, and also received an award for the best research paper of the year by the Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His research was presented at the National Academy Meeting for PM&R and NASS. He has over 16 peer reviewed articles in the following journals: Pain Physicians, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, and The Journal of Pain. An accomplished writer, Dr. Fish was also a co-editor of The Pocketpaedia, a guide for PM&R physicians, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Secrets. Dr. Fish has a new publication on Pain Medicine that will be released in 2011. Dr. Fish has trained all levels of physicians from first year medical students to practicing physicians. He continues to excel at teaching by gaining recognition and awards by his peers.

Work Titles
UCLA Associate Director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physiatrist, Comprehensive Spine Center Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
M.D., New York Medical College, 1994
2001 - 2002 VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
1994 - 1995 Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center
1998 - 2001 Johns Hopkins Hospital
2003 American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab
2002 American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab

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(310) 319-3475


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Office address
1250 16th St 7th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Detailed Biography:

Dr. David E. Fish is part of the UCLA Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program in Pain Medicine, which taught a multi-disciplinary approach to pain problems. He currently works in the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center with surgeons in the evaluation of acute and chronic pain syndromes related to the spine to determine treatment options. Pain Management services are not offered, but a treatment recommendation is made for non-surgical options. Dr. Fish utilizes interventional spine procedures and Nerve conduction studies, not only to help diagnose spinal disorders, but also to determine treatment plan recommendations. After earning his medical degree and masters in public health from New York Medical College, Dr. Fish completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Johns Hopkins University Program in Baltimore, Maryland. During his residency, he was a Chief Resident and learned how to develop a process for addressing functional deficits that impact an individual's activities of daily life and vocation. During fellowship, Dr. Fish was trained in the implantation of Intrathecal Baclofen pumps, vertebroplasty, IDET, nucleoplasty, and spinal cord stimulators, which he is currently performing at UCLA. Dr. Fish is also trained in Electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG and NCS), which helps establish peripheral nerve pathology.

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