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Dr. Joseph Shurman

Anesthesiologist, Pain Consultant, Chairman of

Pain Management at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA


Dr. Joseph Shurman received his medical degree from Temple University. He received his internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by an anesthesia residency with Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard), which included a three-month pediatric anesthesia and intensive care rotation at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital. Dr. Shurman is currently an anesthesiologist and a pain consultant, as well as chairman of pain management at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California. In addition, he is a past clinical assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Shurman is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists with added qualifications in pain management, and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain. He is chairman of Scripps Memorial Pain Committee, a former board member of Whittier Diabetes Institute, as well as a former member of the International Pain Society, the International Society of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Anesthesiology, and the Regional Anesthesia Society. In addition, Dr. Shurman is founder of the Share the Risk model, is on the editorial advisory board and Viewpoint moderator of the Practical Pain Management journal, and is a California Medical Board reviewer. He is former chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Scripps Memorial Hospital, former medical director of clinical research, and former chair of Pain Management Anesthesia Service medical group. An active researcher, Dr. Shurman also lectures both nationally and internationally on chronic pain and pain management.

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