Dr. David K. Tom, MD

Dr. David K. Tom, MD

Pain Medicine | Male

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. Read more

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My care philosophy focuses on a few principles: 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.Read more

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in Tucson, AZ |
Dr. Tom and Jessica are awesome providers. I wish we would have found him long ago.
in Tucson, AZ |
I found that Dr. Tom took great care of me and listened to me. I was very pleased. He was very professional.
in Chandler, AZ |
I have my life back thanks to Dr. Tom. Highly recommend.
in Tucson, AZ |
After 7 years of trying almost every attempt for pain relief, I came to Dr. Tom. Within the first few injections I was able to do all the activities I could not do in years. The staff is great and Dr. Tom himself is fantastic. I highly recommend anyone to come see Dr. Tom.
in Tucson, AZ |
Love the fact that drtom and Jessica listen to my concern's. Greatly appreciate them.
in Tucson, AZ |
Would recommend friends and family to Dr tom and Jessica NP
in Tucson, AZ |
I would highly recommend patients to Dr. Tom, he has changed my life.
in AZ |
Dr. Ton and office is more interested in $$$ than patient's health. He recommended and performed procedures that nothing to do with cure but recommending more visits after visits. After many operations, it did nothing to help back pain.
in Arizona City, Arizona |
Dr. Tom is a great doctor.
in Gilbert, AZ |
Wasn't able to help with pain, unable to find the right spot for injections despite having MRI, poor records, doesn't follow up, do not recomend.
in New York, NY |
I came in pain that was driving me insane. In two simple treatments my problems have one away. I am a 70 year old man who feels 20 thanks to Dr tom.
in Gilbert, AZ |
Dr. Tom is an physician that is easy to talk to. Is intelligent and educated in all aspects of pain treatment and keeps up to date with all pain advances. He explains proceedures so that you know the what and why's of your treatment. I have complete confidence in him. I already have recommended him.
in Davison, Michigan |
Dr. Tom was recommended to me by a friend, who is a patient of Dr. Tom. I have received outstanding results since I have been a patient of Dr. Tom. His process of identifying the problem with my back and then defining a course of treatment was right on target.
in Mesa, AZ |
He and his staff were very nice and easy to work with. Making appts., checking in, and working with Dr. Tom was very easy.
in mesa az |
Dr tom is a great doctor and would recommend him to everyone.
in Mesa, AZ |
Dr. Tom was highly recommended by my PCP. I am elated that I made the choice to visit his office because after only two well placed shots I was back hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Prior to my visits to his office I walked hunched over for thirty plus days. For future back care I will happily return to Dr. Tom's office.
in Minnesota City, MN |
Definitely would recommend Dr Tom to friends and family.
New York, NY |
Dr Tom is well experienced doctor. I walked into his clinic with great pain at my first visit and walked out at last with little or no pain. I wish many more doctors were like him, questioning all questions and be very sincere with what to expect in course of the treatment.
in New York, NY |
Dr Tom is a great doctor. A little work needed on phone system. But great overall!
in Gilbert, AZ |
Is extremely nervous and does not understand the current prescribing guidelines for pain patient. His office staff is extremely rude and has the vocabulary of a second grade student who is chewing on four pieces of chewing gum. They can hardly contain their disdain at having to deal with someone who is on narcotics therapy for chronic pain. I would not go here if my life depended on it again.
in Chandler, AZ |
He is great when I ask questions and takes the time to answer all the questions that I have.
in New York, NY |
Wonderful office.
in Gilbert, AZ |
Dr. Tom is has been so helpful during a very tough time in my life, dealing with pain everyday. He suggests alternative options if something isn't working for me. I'm very happy with both Dr. Tom and his wonderful staff.
in Gilbert, AZ |
Cares about his patients
in New York, NY |
Takes the least advasesive approach to reaching the goal of solving the problem.......in my case it has worked very well.
in Gilbert, AZ |
I would definitely refer friends and family to Dr. Tom. He is very knowledable and answered all of my questions and concerns. He is very patient and understanding.
Dr Tom really listens to your issues and works to find the best way to treat them. He is always professional and understanding. Dr Tom is well informed about all the new stuff as far as treatment. He is the only Pain Dr I have had that has ever truly made my situation better. Thanks Dr Tom
in Gilbert, AZ |
Dr. Tom has made my quality of life so much better. I almost feel like a normal person again. I would NOT go to anyone else. He and his staff are excellent. I recommend him highly.
in Gilbert, AZ |
I have been a patient of Dr Tom for over 2 years. He is professional and has great care for his patients. I have referred him to my co-workers and family and friends. Everyone who has come to his office has nothing but great things to say. I have had 2 other pain/spine doctors in the past 10 years. Dr.Tom and his staff have changed my life. Not just with my pain management, but they all care about patients as a whole!
in Maricopa, AZ |
Very friendly very skilled very understanding. I have had weird set of issues and he's been great.informative.Everyone's above and beyond,beyond,beyond
Gilbert, AZ |
very easy to talk to
in Mesa AZ |
THe fact he listens to me...he actually seems interested in my issues. Even tho he seems irregularly and has a very busy schedule.
in New York, NY |
Thinks he is great and compassionate towards his patients.
in New York, NY |
Likes the way Dr explains.
in Gilbert, AZ |
Very happy
in Gilbert, AZ |
Very compassionate and knowledgable.
in Gilbert, AZ |
He was considerate and very compassonate
in Chandler, AZ |
i have been seeing Dr Tom since he worked at the Core and followed him to his own practice. i also have my ortho dr that recommends him as well. i trust him 100 %.
in Gilbert, AZ |
Dr. Tom is an awesome doctor with a caring helpful staff. He is concerned about our health as a whole and does a good job helping you to have a better quality of life.
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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.

Dr. Tom's Care Philosophy

My care philosophy focuses on a few principles:

  • 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 says...

David Tom, MD has completed the highest level of training available in pain management possible.

  • Prior to practicing pain management, Dr. Tom (as an anesthesiologist) performed countless labor epidurals, nerve blocks and pain injections.  As you may know, the practice of interventional pain management was started by anesthesiologists years ago due to our experience and comfort with minimally invasive, yet complex procedures.
  • Dr. Tom then completed fellowship training at the University of Texas San Antonio in Pain Medicine. This fellowship program is one the premier training programs for pain management in the nation.  For an entire year, Dr. Tom was immersed in training -  meeting and exceeding the training standards set by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).   Besides becoming an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of pain, an emphasis is placed on the becoming an expert in the safe and most effective ways to perform minimally invasive procedures using x-ray and ultrasound guidance. 
  • While Dr. Tom performs the full breadth of minimally invasive procedures, some of his favorite procedures are epidural steroid injections (ESIs), radiofrequency ablations (RFAs) and kyphoplasties.
  • These procedures can provide substantial relief for patients with sciatica, arthritis and compression fractures - which can be extremely gratifying as a treating doctor.

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
  •  Malpractice claims in Arizona not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Anesthesiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pain Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Pain
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pain in Extremities
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Upper Back Pain

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of California, Los Angeles, School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1999

  • Internship Hospital
    California Pacific Medical Center

    Completed in 2002

  • Residency Hospital
    California Pacific Medical Center

    Completed in 2004

    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

    Completed in 2008

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

    Completed in 2009

  • Undergraduate School
    UC Irvine

    Graduated in 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Digital X-Ray (CDR)
  • Discography
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Laminectomy
  • Local Anesthesia
  • Low Back Procedure
  • Lumbar Discography
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain Procedure
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synvisc® Injection
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Facet Joint Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection