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David Clark

David Clark

Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Board Certification, ABA, Pain Management (1998)
Board Certification, ABA, Anesthesiology (1996)
MD, Vanderbilt University, Medicine (1992)
PhD, Vanderbilt University, Pharmacology (1991)
BA, Carleton College, Chemistry (1985)
Phone: 
(650) 493-5000
After completion of training I came to Stanford University in 1998. Since that time I have been involved in a number of clinical and research activities. I oversee the Pain Service at the Palo Alto VA hospital where I am involved in the care of patients with both acute and chronic pain. I am active both in the clinic and on a number of committees dedicated to improving pain management for veterans. Much of my remaining time is spent supervising a research laboratory. There we are pursuing several projects related to the questions of why pain sometimes becomes chronic after injuries and why opioids lose their effectiveness over time when used to treat chronic pain. We would like to find ways to maximize functional recovery after surgery and other forms of trauma while minimizing the risks of analgesic use. This work involves local, national and international collaborations.