Dr. David Tom is one of the most respected, accomplished and highly trained pain physicians in Arizona. Dr. Tom earned his Medical Degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2000. Since that time, He has trained extensively in pain medicine, anesthesiology and internal medicine at some of the best medical centers in the United States. Dr. Tom is a triple ACGME (American College of Graduate Medical Education) board certified physician in anesthesiology, pain medicine and internal medicine. It is extremely rare for a physician to be ACGME board certified in three specialties. His extensive training has given him wealth of experience and provides him with a perspective on pain management and the overall healthcare of patients that is unique among pain doctors. Dr. Tom exclusively treats patients with acute and chronic pain. He is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of painful conditions of the neck, mid-back, low back, joints, muscles, vasculature and nerves. Dr. Tom focuses his efforts on keeping up with the most widely accepted and evidence based treatments available. He is compassionate doctor who seeks to reduce suffering through comprehensive diagnostic testing, individualized and multidisciplinary treatment options, patient education and involvement, minimally invasive procedures, and the use of the most current and up to date technologies available. Dr. Tom has been practicing pain management in the Valley for more than seven years. In terms of procedural and technical skill, Dr. Tom would be considered at the peak of his clinical career. Doctors who have been practicing between 5 and 15 years have current and up-to-date training as well as the physical coordination and stamina to complete procedures efficiently, safely and using the latest technology and techniques. Dr. Tom completed his ACGME accredited Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship and Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Prior to pursuing Anesthesiology training, he practiced as a board-certified internal medicine physician and hospitalist in California and Texas.
To identify the the source of the pain and treat the underlying problem to reduce or eliminate pain and suffering. Not simply cover up the pain with medications.
Provide compassionate and responsive care not only through my interactions with patients, but through my staff as a whole.
To inform patients clearly about their diagnosis and treatment options - as a great treatment plan relies on effective communication between patients and doctors.
I use comprehensive diagnostic testing, individualized and multidisciplinary treatment options, non-opiate medications, pain medications, patient education, minimally invasive procedures, and the use of cutting edge technologies to reduce pain and suffering.
Dr. Tom's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Pain Medicine
Board certified in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine and Pain Medicine
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Interventional Pain Medicine
Interventional Spine Medicine
Pain Medicine Anesthesiology
Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Why It Matters: Dr. Tom's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
Chronic Neck Pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Spine Disorders
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Pain in Extremities
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Upper Back Pain
Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
Cervical Facet Joint Injection
Cervical Medial Branch Block
Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
Chronic Pain Management
Digital X-Ray (CDR)
Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
Epidural Steroid Injections
Facet Joint Injection
Low Back Procedure
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
Lumbar Medial Branch Block
Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
Lumbar Sympathetic Block
Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Neck Pain Procedure
Nerve Block, Sympathetic
Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
Peripheral Nerve Block
Sacroiliac Joint Injection
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Nerve Block
Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
Thoracic Facet Joint Injection
Trigger Point Injection
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
University Of California, Los Angeles, School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1999
California Pacific Medical Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
California Pacific Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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