Scott M. Fishman, MD

Dr. Scott M. Fishman is Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He was formerly Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Pain Center at Harvard Medical School. His medical degree is from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Formal clinical training is in Internal Medicine (Greenwich/Yale University School of Medicine) and Psychiatry (Massachusetts General/Harvard Medical School). He completed Pain Medicine fellowship training through the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fishman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine), Psychiatry (American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry) and Pain Medicine (American Board of Pain Medicine).

Dr. Fishman lectures on all aspects of pain and its treatment throughout the US and has authored “The War on Pain”, a nationally released book through Harper Collins Publishers and co-authored “The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Pain Management” through Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Publishers. He has authored many peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, book chapter, and other scholarly reviews and is the editor of the Forensic Pain Section in the journal Pain Medicine. He has served as the Pain Expert for and has a monthly question and answer column in Pain Monitor Newsletter for the American Pain Foundation. Dr. Fishman has most recently been honored with the University of California, Davis Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring and the John and Emma Bonica Award for Public Service from the American Pain Society.

Dr. Fishman is President-Elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Pain Society and the American Pain Foundation. He advocates for the field of pain medicine with consumers and lawmakers, having testified in both state and national legislatures. He serves as a consultant to numerous government agencies and organizations such as the Federation of State Medical Boards, The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Medical Board of California, the Office of the California Attorney General and the California Medical Association.

Dr. Fishman's clinical interests include cancer related pain management, peripheral and central neuropathic pain, chronic opioid usage, and spinal injection therapies. His major research interests include models for functional assessment and pharmacovigilence in chronic opioid therapy, novel analgesic therapies, models of visceral pain, models of hyperalgesia and central sensitization, novel informatics strategies to serve clinical practice, quantitative sensory testing in acute and chronic pain states, neuronal plasticity and brain imaging in pain.