While studying anthropology at Pomona College in Southern California, I spent a semester abroad in Kenya, in East Africa. There, I met a wonderful and inspiring Dutch physician, who made it his life's mission to work in developing countries, bringing nutritional education to women and children. He was very inspiring to me, and I returned to complete my undergraduate education, with the idea of becoming a doctor. Upon graduation from Pomona, I returned to my home state of New Mexico, and attended UNM School of Medicine. I had originally thought I would become a primary care physician in a rural area of the state, but I found that I had a particular talent and love for surgery. I entered the surgical training program, and was accepted into the plastic surgery residency as well. However, not everything in life is without its challenges, and the plastic surgery program unexpectedly closed before I had completed my training. I decided to take another path, and switched to a training program in anesthesiology. There, I first was exposed to the subspecialty of pain management. This seemed to be the perfect blend of technical expertise and ongoing patient care, which I missed from my previous life as a surgical resident. I decided to pursue this as my calling. After completing my anesthesiology residency, I attended what was then the oldest and one of the most respected Pain Management training programs, at the University of Washington in Seattle. During that fellowship training, I became exposed to a rigorous psychological and rehabilitation approach to pain management, which helped to round out my knowledge and expertise with dealing with the pain patient. Following completion of my fellowship, I returned to California to teach at UC San Diego. My proudest accomplishments there include influencing some of the residents to pursue pain management as a career, and to author the application to the American College of Graduate Medical Education which resulted in accreditation of the Pain Fellowship program at UCSD. This program has now trained many distinguished professionals. I moved to the Bay Area in 1994, where I have two offices. The oldest is in Los Gatos, and the newest is in Menlo Park. My personal interests include cooking, gardening, wine, music, and travel.
I have been caring for chronic pain and cancer pain patients in Los Gatos, CA since 1992, and am Board-Certified in Anesthesiology with Added Qualifications in Pain Medicine. I offer full service pain management, from medication management to interventional pain procedures, including implanted spinal stimulators and pumps. We have an active clinical research team, using the very newest therapies for pain.
My Menlo Park, CA office specializes in providing personalized care, taking as much time as needed with each patient in a relaxing, peaceful environment. Psychological pain management services are available onsite, in addition to full-service medical/interventional pain management techniques.
Dr. Chakerian's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Why It Matters: Dr. Chakerian'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.
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Intractable Pain Syndromes
Low Back Pain
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Pathological Spine Fracture
Peripheral Nerve Injuries
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Spinal Cord Injury
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Upper Back Pain
Baclofen Pump Therapy
Cancer Pain Management
Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
Cervical Facet Joint Injection
Cervical Medial Branch Block
Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
Epidural Steroid Injections
Facet Joint Injection
Intercostal Nerve Block
Interventional Pain Management
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
Lumbar Medial Branch Block
Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD)
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Nerve Block, Somatic
Nerve Block, Sympathetic
Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
Neurolytic Nerve Block
Non-Cosmetic Botox® Injection
Occipital Nerve Block
Percutaneous Disc Decompression
Percutaneous Herniated Disc Surgery
Peripheral Nerve Block
Peripheral Nerve Decompression
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
Sacroiliac Joint Injection
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Nerve Block
Spinal Pump Implant
Stellate Ganglion Block
Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
Thoracic Facet Joint Injection
Trigger Point Injection
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from 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.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
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.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
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.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1984
University N Mex Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
University N Mex Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
University Of New Mexico Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
University N Mex Hospital
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988
University Of Washington
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1992
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Outstanding Clinical Service UCSD Dept of Anesthesiology, 1994
Media & Publications
Dr. Chakerian has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
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.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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Dr. Chakerian Says:
We strive to provide the highest quality care at all times, and to respond to all patients' concerns. The field of pain management is often complicated by conflicting issues: adequate pain control versus potential addiction to medications. We are governed and monitored closely by state and local agencies to make sure that we are doing everything we can to keep patients safe and to obey...