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Pain Medicine

Pain Medicine

David Copenhaver, M.D., M.P.H.


 Dr. David Coopenhaver

Clinical/Research Interests

Dr David Copenhaver is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist and faculty in the Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at UC Davis Health Center.  Dr. Copenhaver is the director of Cancer Pain Management and Supportive Care Program in addition to the Pain Medicine Telehealth program at UC Davis.  Dr. Copenhaver has research interests in health services administration, pain medicine education, reesponsible opioid management, targeted drug delivery, and the applied use of stem cells in the setting of intervertebral disc disease.  Copenhaver completed his undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience, Physiology and Behavior at UC Davis.  He subsequently went on to UCLA to complete his medical school education and a master's degree in public health.  Dr. Copenhaver completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Columbia Univeersity College of Physicians and Surgeons and his pain medicine fellowship at UC Davis.


Assistant Professor
Director, UC Davis Cancer Pain Management and Supportive Care


UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine


UC Davis Medical Center
4860 Y Street, Suite 2600
Sacramento, CA  95817


(916) 734-7246


University of California, Davis
B.S. Physiology
B.A.S. Magna Cum Laude
1993 - 1998

University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Public Health

University of California, Los Angeles
David Geffen School of Medicine
2000 - 2005


University of California, Los Angeles
VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care Center
Los Angeles, CA


Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
2006 - 2009


University of California, Davis
Pain Medicine Fellow
2009 - 2010

Board Certifications:

American Board of Anesthesiology
Pain Medicine

Select Recent Publications:

Opioids, Pan Management and the Law.  Stayner, R, Copenhaver, D.  Current Opinion in Anesthesiology.  2012.

Book Review:  The Essence of Analgesia and Analgesics.  Anesthesiology (In Press) 2011.  David Copenhaver, MD MPH, Peter G. Moore, MD, PhD.

Realignment of Interaural Cortical Maps in Asymmetric Hearing Loss.  Cheung Steven, Bonham Ben, Schreiner Christoph, Godey Benoit, and Copenhaver David.  The Journal of Neuroscience, May 27, 2009 29(21):7065-7078.