About Us

Pain is an extremely complex, poorly understood medical problem that can have profound effects on your physical and mental wellbeing and on your ability to function at work, at home, and in your day-to-day social interactions. In essence, chronic pain invades your life and affects everything you do and all of your relationships. To offer the most advanced, evidence-based effective treatment options currently available, the Stanford Pain Management Center combines the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of specialists trained in the treatment of chronic pain. The team includes anesthesiologists, neurologists, surgeons, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and nurse practitioners, all working together in a supportive, compassionate environment to address your specific pain and to design a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.

Our goal is to help you decrease your level of pain and suffering, to return you to your maximum level of functioning and independence, and to help you restore your quality of life.

Each year, the Stanford Pain Management Center provides care for more than 15,000 patients with acute, chronic, and cancer pain problems. Although the majority of patients can be treated on an outpatient basis, our interdisciplinary Pain Management Center offers inpatient treatment if necessary. It is the only center on the West Coast to offer this option to patients who require hospitalization during treatment for chronic pain.

Because we have such extensive experience treating people suffering from chronic pain, we believe we are well-equipped to handle your pain, no matter the source. On the following pages you will find information on some of the services we offer.

Explore Stanford Division of Pain Medicine

Empower Study

The EMPOWER Study utilizes proven methods to deliver optimal patient care. It is a multi-state project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). We are comparing ways to help patients who take prescription opioids for chronic pain reduce their health risks without increasing their pain!


Explore Our Research

Our group is focused on using strong research methods and state of the art neuroimaging tools to investigate the emotional and cognitive factors that influence pain as well as the neural plastic changes that occur in chronic pain. We use neuropsychology, pharmacology, clinical research, and/or neuroimaging approaches to investigate normal pain processing, pain disorders, and treatment options.

Fellowship Applicants

We are now accepting applications for the Pain Psychology Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

All positions for the 2017-2018 Pain Medicine Fellowship have been matched. 

Collaborative Health Outcomes Information Registry (CHOIR)

Learn more about CHOIR, an open source, open standard, free data-collection software created in partnership with the National Institutes of Health.