Pain Medicine Fellowship

Program Overview

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.

Pain Medicine Fellowship

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 and his family

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.

Dr. Syed Jaffery, MD

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 and his family

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.

Sara Navab, MD

Sara Navab, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: New York University, BM Music Business
Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Residency: Anesthesiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Why I chose UCLA: I choose UCLA because I loved it during my sub-I and my husband completed his anesthesia residency at UCLA so I knew it wasn’t too good to be true.

Dr. Sara Navab enjoys singing and listening to music. She is a season ticket holder with the LA Opera and LA Philharmonic. Dr. Navab is also a member of the Academy of Magical Arts and can be spotted at the Magic Castle when she is not working or staying at home with her three cats.

Daniel Neuman and his wife Lauren

Daniel "Danny" Neuman, DO, MBA

Hometown: Overland Park, KS 
Undergraduate: University of Arizona Tucson, BS Physiology, minor in Chemistry 
Graduate: Rockhurst University, MBA Healthcare Leadership 
Medical School: Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Residency: Anesthesiology, University of Kansas School of Medicine 
Why I chose UCLA: UCLA provides me with a highly interventional yet comprehensive training environment. I knew that learning from leaders in the field and treating complex patients daily would best equip me to excel in any practice setting. 

Dr. Danny Neuman enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren, and engaging in new experiences filled with culture, food, and people. They have a 75-pound golden doodle named Nelson who “pretty much runs the show.” Dr. Neuman’s other hobbies and interests include traveling, exercise, golfing, and design.

Hayley Osen, MD, MS

Hayley Osen, MD, MS

Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, BA Public Health Studies
Graduate: Harvard University School of Public Health, MS Health Policy and Management
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: Anesthesiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Why I chose UCLA: I received great training in residency, so when it came time to choose a program for fellowship in Pain Medicine, UCLA was an obvious choice for me. UCLA's Comprehensive Pain center is multidisciplinary and draws patients from all over the state and even country. The fellowship program has a focus on interventional pain strategies which I believe will prepare me for a future in interventional pain management.

Dr. Hayley Osen was very excited to match at UCLA for residency and is thrilled to continue at UCLA for her Pain Medicine fellowship training. She likes to travel, read, stay active with tennis and Pilates, and explore the LA food and cuisine. Dr. Osen’s professional interests include multidisciplinary pain management, acute and chronic post-surgical pain, neuromodulation techniques, and chronic pelvic pain.