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

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



Pain Medicine

Interventional Pain Medicine

Palliative Care


  • Director of Cancer Pain Management & Supportive Care
  • Director of Pain Tele-Health programs
To see if David J. Copenhaver is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 2700
Sacramento, CA 95817
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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Fax: 916-734-6827
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Cancer Pain Management and Supportive Care - Using all means necessary to reduce pain, improve function and the quality of our patient's lives.

Clinical Interests

Cancer Pain Management and Supportive Care 

Pain Medicine Education and Telementoring - Improving pain care across the state of California and beyond through the use of technology.

Research/Academic 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.


Pain Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., David Geffen School of Medicine - UC Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 2005

M.P.H., Fielding School of Public Health UC Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 2005

B.S./B.A., UC Davis, Davis CA 1997/1998


Anesthesiology, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan NY 2006-2009


Pain Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2009-2010

Board Certifications

American Board of Anesthesiology, 2010

American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, 2011

Professional Memberships

American Society of Anesthesiology

International Association for the Study of Pain

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Teacher of the Year UC Davis Pain Medicine 2011-2014,

Gary Collins Fellow Teacher of the Year Award UC Davis, 2010

Select Recent Publications

Calderon R, Copenhaver D. Buprenorphine for chronic pain. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2013 Dec;27(4):402-5. . Epub 2013  Nov 18.

Calderon R, Copenhaver D. Postdural puncture headache. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2013 Dec;27(4):406-7. Epub 2013 Nov 18.

Wettstein ZS, Fleming M, Chang AY, Copenhaver DJ, Wateska AR, Bartsch SM, Lee BY, Kulkarni RP. Total economic cost and burden of dengue in Nicaragua: 1996-2010. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Oct;87(4):616-22. Epub 2012 Aug 13.

Chang AY, Parrales ME, Jimenez J, Sobieszczyk ME, Hammer SM, Copenhaver DJ, Kulkarni RP. Combining Google Earth and GIS mapping technologies in a dengue surveillance system for developing countries. Int J Health Geogr. 2009 Jul 23;8:49.

Cheung SW, Bonham BH, Schreiner CE, Godey B, Copenhaver DA. Realignment of interaural cortical maps in asymmetric hearing loss. J Neurosci. 2009 May 27;29(21):7065-78.

Stayner RS, Copenhaver DJ. Opioids, pain management and the law. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2012 Oct;25(5):566-71. Review.