The UCLA Pain Medicine Fellowship Program consists of a comprehensive outpatient pain practice, along with an inpatient consult service. We offer six PGY-5 positions each year. The program is set up according to ACGME guidelines, with rotational experience in neurology and psychiatry, and core fellowship training in clinic and interventional-based chronic pain. The acute pain requirement is met by providing in-patient pain consultation services at Santa Monica-UCLA Orthopaedic Hospital and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Our goal is to provide a well rounded experience which will prepare our fellows for the pain medicine board exam, and more importantly, for future practice.
The UCLA Comprehensive Pain Center offers clinical services to our patients Monday through Friday, divided among attending physicians. Patients with a wide variety of conditions -- including low back and neck pain, myofascial pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, neuropathic pain, cancer pain, and post-herpetic neuralgia -- are evaluated and treated. Our multidisciplinary approach utilizes the many resources at our disposal, including pain psychology, physical and occupational therapy, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. The interventional treatments range from basic diagnostic nerve blocks such as epidurals, facet medial branch nerve blocks and sacroiliac joint injections, to sympathetic blocks, chemical neurolysis, radiofrequency ablation and implantable neurostimulator and infusion pump devices. A weekly lecture series includes didactic lectures, journal clubs and quality assurance topics.
We are accepting applications through ERAS beginning November 2022. Please note that offers for fellowship positions are made throughout the interview period, and therefore we recommend completing applications as soon as possible. View more information about the Pain Fellowship application process.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Lucine Torosian, either by phone at (310) 267-8653 or via email at [email protected]
See also: Application Process
2021 - 2022 Fellow Profiles
Joshua Barnhill, MD
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate: University of Missouri, BS Biological Engineering
Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine
Residency: Anesthesiology, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA
Internship: General Surgery, Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA
Why I chose UCLA: UCLA just felt like home. The physicians and staff here were so welcoming, and they all shared a philosophy of providing excellent multimodal pain management.
Dr. Joshua Barnhill served in the US Navy for a decade and also toured as a Flight Surgeon. He was appointed as the Anesthesiology department head for the USNS Comfort during the 2018 Enduring Promise mission to Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, and Honduras. Outside of work, Dr. Barnhill loves to spend time with his wife and two children, Dominic and Aria. He and his family enjoy going to the park, riding bikes, swimming, visiting the museum, and hanging out at the beach. Dr. Barnhill’s personal hobbies include running, hiking, kayaking, reading, and yoga.
Syed Jaffery, MD
Hometown: Durham, NC
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, BS Biology
Medical School: East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Residency: Anesthesiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Why I chose UCLA: Fellowship with a strong reputation, excellent faculty that are leaders in the field of Pain Medicine and wide exposure to interventional procedures and operative cases.
Dr. Syed Jaffery is an avid North Carolina basketball fan and loves rooting for the Tar Heels. Some of Dr. Jaffery’s interests include cooking, exploring new restaurants, trying out new cuisines with his friends, and hosting dinner parties. Outside of food, he enjoys riding his Peloton, weight training, taking day trips, and working on DIY projects.
Jerry Markar, MD
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
Undergraduate: UCLA, BS Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Residency: Anesthesiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Why I chose UCLA: UCLA is home to me. It’s where I started my education in sciences and it’s near family and friends. It is also a world-class institution that prioritizes high quality care for its patients. Plus, it’s in beautiful, sunny Los Angeles!
Dr. Jerry Markar and his wife are proud parents of their two sons, Christopher and William. They love to spend time outdoors traveling, hiking, and camping. Some of Dr. Markar’s favorite days include taking his boys to soccer practice and watching them learn how to play. When he has time to himself, Dr. Markar enjoys catching a basketball game on TV.