Pain Medicine Fellowship Program

The UPMC Pain Medicine Program is a multidisciplinary clinical, teaching, and research endeavor spread over seven clinic locations: UPMC St. Margaret, Centre Commons in East Liberty, Oakland campus, Monroeville, UPMC Passavant, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The program is committed to the evaluation and treatment of the entire range of pain, disability, and rehabilitation problems. It offers an interdisciplinary team approach that includes dedicated professionals from various specialties including medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychology.

UPMC Pain Medicine offers a one-year fellowship program that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Fellows rotate through the outpatient services at UPMC St. Margaret, Centre Commons, Oakland campus, Monroeville, and UPMC Passavant and provide inpatient consultation at UPMC St. Margaret, UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, WPIC, UPMC Passavant, UPMC Montefiore, and UPMC Presbyterian. The program also has an active and well-funded research arm.

The anchor of the fellowship program is the strong didactic curriculum.  This includes weekly Grand Rounds by board-certified faculty, a pain medicine board review series, as well as journal clubs and Morbidity and Mortality conferences.

The fellowship program was a winner of the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 2016 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award and is the only program in the country that has received a maximum five-year ACGME accreditation three consecutive times.  There are currently nine available fellowship positions per year. Our graduates go on to fill positions in coveted practices and locations across the country. 

The program encompasses the full spectrum of clinical training, from spine pain interventional management to more complex interventional procedures such as spinal cord stimulation, interventional management of abdominal and pelvic pain, and interventional management of facial pain. Radiofrequency ablation techniques and ultrasound-guided procedures are also emphasized. A multimodal, multidisciplinary strategy of pain management is a key part of the program. 

During fiscal year 2019, Pain Medicine Program physicians from the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine logged nearly 40,000 visits. For more clinical information about the program, please visit our clinical website.

Program Overview

Our Pain Medicine Fellowship program provides trainees with extensive exposure to the full spectrum of pain conditions and treatment. 


View the application requirements and process for the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. 

Compensation and Benefits

The UPMC Department of Anesthesiology offers the benefits to physicians in its pain medicine fellowship program