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Pain Medicine first to enroll in the new Cures 2.0 prescription monitoring system - a historic step for our state.  On 8/12/15, the California Department of Justice met with the UCD Pain Center to both give an overview of the system and to enroll faculty.

The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) is a database containing information on Schedule II through IV controlled substances dispensed in California.  It is a valuable investigative, preventive, and educational tool for the healthcare community, regulatory boards, and law enforcement.  Click here to read more about the program on the DOJ website.

Read how Dr. Copenhaver and the UCD Pain Center is helping cancer patients manage pain.  Click here for story.


Fishman gives keynote at Federation of State Medical Boards meeting
May 1, 2012 — Scott Fishman, chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and professor of anesthesiology at UC Davis Health System, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on Saturday, April 28, in Fort Worth, Texas.

UC Davis experts to host discussion on chronic pain and the promise of stem cell therapies
February 2, 2012 — Experts from UC Davis Health System will share the latest research about regenerative medicine, with a focus on chronic pain and the promise of stem cell therapies, during a community forum on the university's Sacramento campus.

UC Davis Health System response to ProPublica article on Fishman ties with pharmaceutical industry
January 17, 2012 —  UC Davis Health System responds to an inaccurate and misleading representation of Scott Fishman, professor and chief of the Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, in a recent ProPublica news story.


UC Davis to test stem cell therapy to regenerate lumbar discs
November 29, 2011 — Researchers at UC Davis Health System will be part of a nationwide study to examine whether one single injection of adult stem cells directly into diseased lumbar discs can repair and regenerate them, relieve chronic low-back pain and possibly avert spine surgery.   [en español] 

UC Davis receives grant to develop pain management curriculum
July 14, 2011 — An interprofessional team of UC Davis Health System faculty was recently awarded a $290,000 grant from the Mayday Fund to research and develop an innovative pain-management curriculum for both nursing and medical students as well as current practitioners. 

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among top 50 U.S. hospitals, first in Sacramento area
July 19, 2011 — UC Davis Medical Center ranks among the top 50 hospitals in the nation in cancer and orthopaedics and number one in the Sacramento region with nine high-performing specialty areas, according to the results of U.S. News & World Report's 2011-2012  best hospitals survey, published online today. In addition, Scott Fishman is named among the 26 UC Davis physicians on U.S. News' Top Doctors list.


UC Davis Pain Medicine Program recognized with national Clinical Centers of Excellence Award
April 12, 2010 — UC Davis Health System’s Division of Pain Medicine has been designated as a Clinical Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society. 

Fishman receives distinguished service award from American Academy of Pain Medicine
February 12, 2010 — Scott Fishman, professor and chief of the UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Scott Fishman comments on FDA look at abuse of potential drugs  ... [read more] 


UC Davis research confirms need for new statewide tracking system to combat prescription drug abuse
September 18, 2009 — At a news conference this week in Los Angeles, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. unveiled a Web-based prescription-drug database that tracks all controlled substances (Schedule II, III and IV) prescribed in the state and gives doctors and law enforcement a powerful tool to combat prescription-drug abuse. Brown was joined at the event by Scott Fishman, professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and chief of the UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine, who led a UC Davis study that demonstrated the benefits of the new database.

Danville family advocates of drug monitoring.. Dr. Scott Fishman states .... [read more] 

Ban is advised on 2 top pills for pain relief .. Dr. Scott Fishman states that some doctors already avoid ... [read more]

Painkiller concerns - Jim Lehrer interview ...[read more]

Finding effective treatment for your chronic pain - U.S. News & World Report .. [read more] 


Study finds few pain doctors face criminal prosecutions - New York Times ... [read more]