Dr. Scott M. Fishman is the Fullerton Endowed Chair in Pain Medicine, Professor of Anesthesiology (primary) and Psychiatry (secondary), Executive Vice Chair for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, Davis, and Director of the Center for Advancing Pain Relief at UC Davis. He is the founding Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine, a position he held for 20 years. 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 has received board certification in Internal Medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine 1995-2005), Psychiatry (American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry), Pain Medicine (American Board of Pain Medicine) and Palliative Medicine (American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.)
Dr. Fishman is past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, past chairman of the board of directors of the American Pain Foundation, and previously served on the board of directors for the American Pain Society. He is the immediate past Chair and a current member of the Pain Care Coalition (American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Pain Society, & Academy of Pain Medicine). He has authored “The War on Pain” (Harper Collins Publishers), “Listening to Pain” (Oxford Univ. Press), Responsible Opioid Prescribing (Federation of State Medical Boards), and coauthored Spinal Cord Stimulation: Implantation Techniques (Oxford Univ. Press). He has also coedited Bonica’s Management of Pain 4th and 5th eds. (Lippincott), “The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Pain Management 2nd edition” (Lippincott), and Essentials of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia (Elsevir). Dr. Fishman has authored many peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, book chapters, and other scholarly reviews. He is senior editor of the journal Pain Medicine, and editor for Acute and Chronic Pain for UpToDate. He advocates for safe and effective use of pain treatments with physicians, consumers and lawmakers. He has led a national and international effort to transform pain education through developing and enacting core competencies for pain education.
Dr. Fishman has been honored with the University of California, Davis Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, the American Pain Society John and Emma Bonica Award for Public Service, the American Academy of Pain Medicine Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Social and Political Aspect of Pain Medicine, the National Pain Foundation Ambassador of the Year, The Head & Heart Award from the American Academy of Pain Management, the Washington, DC Capitol Hospice Josephina Magno Award for Excellence in Education and Leadership, the American Academy of Pain Medicine Public Service Award, the Federation of State Medical Boards Distinguished Service Award, the UC Davis Faculty Senate Public Service Award, and the American Pain Society Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain. In 2015, the American Pain Society named the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine a Center of Excellence and the American Academy of Pain Medicine named the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine the recipient of their 2016 Award for Excellence in Fellowship Education. He was most recently honored with a 2017 Presidential Commendation from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.