Second Year in Pain Research

A second fellowship in pain research is available following completion of the first clinical year. Research fellows are given four days per week (80% time) to conduct research and one day per week (20% time) as a clinical instructor in the pain clinic.

Applicants are also encouraged to apply for the T32 Anesthesia Training Program in Biomedical Research, or for Dr. Mackey's recently awarded T32 Interdisciplinary Research Training in Pain and Substance Use Disorders. Fellows will have a year of research targeted toward their individual needs and goals. We have had significant success in mentoring and developing fellows to obtain fellowship and NIH K award training. More information on the research being conducted in the Division of Pain Medicine can be found at the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab (SNAPL) website.

Research Opportunities during Clinical Fellowship

Stanford operates one of the largest and most robust pain research enterprises in the country. Fellows have access to the numerous research studies being conducted and are invited to collaborate with faculty on an existing project or develop a project of their own. Our fellows are given time and funding to attending conferences and present their research.

Examples of studies Stanford fellows can help participate in and help recruit patients for include:

  • EMPOWER Study – Multi-center study funded by Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) taking patients on long-term opioids and reducing health risks without increasing pain
  • SPEC-DD – Pragmatic RCT looking at the efficacy of desipramine and duloxetine for chronic pain in a diverse population
  • Low Dose Naltrexone for the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Predicting Response to Acupuncture in Low Back Pain
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Studies
  • SPEC-HB : High-frequency vs Burst for Spinal Cord Stimulation

Examples of Stanford Fellow Presentations

  • Prognostic Value of Peripheral Nerve Blocks Prior to Peripheral Neuromodulation – Kristein Watford, MD (current fellow), AAPM 2019
  • Early Intervention with Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – Bryce Cole Holmgren, MD (current fellow), AAPM 2019