UCLA/VA Multicampus PM&R Residency Program

UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Multicampus PM&R Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation based in Los Angeles, California. With four clinical fellows in pain medicine and 26 PM&R residents enrolled in the program, it is one of the largest PM&R residency programs in the West Coast and one of a handful of PM&R programs in the U.S. to have its own pain medicine fellowship program.


The program started in 1955. The program has trained over 200 physiatrists thus far. As with other VA-affiliated programs, UCLA-VA Program grew in part due to increasing federal funding for research and development in the field of prosthetics and rehabilitation in the 1950s and 1960s. The Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (later Social and Rehabilitation Service) provided grants to support training programs for physiatrists and emerging PM&R departments. Research, and to lesser extent technology, was an important part of these training objectives. The UCLA-VA Multicampus Program grew in size in the 1970s and 1980s with the addition of residents from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.

Rotating Hospitals

Residents in PM&R care for patients in the following hospitals:


The current faculty includes

Chief Residents

Year Name
2000-2001 A. Miranda and K. Paresa
2001-2002 S. Bamshad and A. Q. Nguyen
2002-2003 E. Bernotus and P. Shirazy
2003-2004 D. Aragaki and J. B. Boston
2004-2005 J. Baumgarten and M. Zirovich
2005-2006 A. Gluzman and D. Hyams
2006-2007 A. Asher and J. Jung
2007-2008 S. Chi and M. Nasmyth
2008-2009 T. Cha and G. Ozoa

Notable Alumni

Program Directors

  • D. Aragaki (Associate Program Director, PM&R Residency Program)
  • D. Fish (Associate Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship)
  • Q. G. Pham (Program Director, PM&R Residency and Pain Medicine Fellowship)
  • A. M. E. Scremin (Chief of Service)

Pain Medicine Fellowship Program

The pain medicine clinical fellowship program was started in 2001.

Pain Fellows

Year Name
2001-2002 D. Fish
2002-2003 S. Bamshad
2003-2004 R. Esquires; S. Pangarkar
2004-2005 J. Boston; D. Marcus; A. Q. Nguyen
2005-2006 J. Gorze; A. Jones; H. Kim; M. Zirovich
2006-2007 A. Chen; C. Lin; S. Patel; N. Walters
2007-2008 D. Alves; A. Gordon; J. Jung; A. Lavian
2008-2009 J. Behr; C. Janssen; A. Mukai; K. Wang

Selected Research Publications

  • Fish DE, Shirazi EP, Pham Q (2008). "The Use of Electromyography to Predict Functional Outcome Following Transforaminal Epidural Spinal Injections for Lumbar Radiculopathy". Journal of Pain 9 (1): 64–70.
  • Kunkel CF, Figoni SF, Baumgarten JM, Carvalho CM, Kim HS, Oshiro RL, Zirovich MD, Scremin OU, Scremin AM (2007). "Scanning laser-Doppler imaging of leg- and foot-skin perfusion in normal subjects: analysis of age, gender, site, and laser-type effects". Am J Phys Med Rehab 86 (4): 262–271.
  • Patel S, Ho JT, Kumar R, Lai K, Ahangar B, Burgar CG, Scremin AE (2006). "Changes in motoneuron excitability in hemiplegic subjects after passive exercise when using a robotic arm". Arch Phys Med Rehabil 87 (9): 1257–61.


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