Alireza Abdollahi-Fard, M.D.

Dr. Abdollahi-Fard enjoys an active lifestyle reaching back to his participation in high school basketball and volleyball teams. He has earned a second-degree black belt as well as membership to the UCLA Ski and Snowboard Team during his collegiate years. He continues to lead an active lifestyle by remaining active in running, hiking, snowboarding, and weight lifting. He has had his share of injuries and knows firsthand the frustration of chronic pain, yielding his empathy and compassion towards individuals in need of pain management.

While servicing the many needs of communities in San Francisco with Kaiser Permanente and those in Fresno with Community Anesthesia Providers, Dr. Abdollahi-Fard has always strived to show special empathy towards patients who are often allowed very little respite from their debilitating symptoms. This interest in pain management was formed while volunteering at UCLA Medical Center while in high school. He was struck with how patients from all walks of life—and with various medical problems—all shared persistent pain as a common disability. His concern for how the normally useful and protective sense of pain could significantly disable an individual and become such a cause of suffering led him to engross himself in learning the many facets of this ailment. Dr. Abdollahi-Fard sees pain as the only chronic medical condition where the patient is acutely aware of, and affected by, the disease at all times. Subsequently, he feels this field of medicine must be strengthened, and advanced care must be available to the many individuals in desperate need of healing.

This exceptional doctor has extensive training in all aspects of pain management, emphasizing a multimodal approach to pain therapy that includes medication management and minimally invasive interventional therapeutics. He has expertise in multidisciplinary care, cancer pain management, and particular experience in spinal cord stimulation and spinal medication delivery systems. Dr. Abdollahi-Fard has a long-standing interest in the field of integrative health and pain medicine. During his training in anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco, his approval for an advanced research track allowed him to investigate with leaders in pain medicine to focus on pain pathways and various treatment modalities.

Dr. Abdollahi-Fard applies his vast knowledge of pain mechanisms, pain theory, and pain potentiation to treat his patients in a unique manner that caters to their specific condition.

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Medical Doctorate

La Jolla, CA
June 2008

University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Science – Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics

Los Angeles, CA
June 2004

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Pain Management Center

Pain Management Fellow – Advanced Interventional Track

San Francisco, CA
July 2012 – July 2013

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

Advanced Track Anesthesiology Resident

San Francisco, CA
July 2009 – June 2012

University of California, Los Angeles (David Geffen) Medical Center

Preliminary Internship in General Surgery

Los Angeles, CA
July 2008 – June 2009

State of California

Medical License #A110374

American Board of Anesthesiology

Board Certified in Specialty – Anesthesiology
Board Certified in Subspecialty – Pain Management
Certification #49884

American Board of Anesthesiology - Certified

Pain Management, passed, first attempt | 9/2013

American Board of Anesthesiology - Certified

Part 1 – Written, passed, first attempt | 7/2012
Part 2 – Oral, passed, first attempt | 4/2013

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Certification for Fluoroscopy Supervisor and Operator | 12/2012

USMLE Step 1, passed, first attempt | 6/2006


USMLE Step 2 CK, passed, first attempt | 6/2007


USMLE Step 2 CS, passed, first attempt | 7/2007


USMLE Step 3, passed, first attempt | 6/2009




Community Anesthesia Providers

Anesthesiologist
General OR, OB, Regional Anesthesia

Fresno, CA
December 2014 - Present

Kaiser Permanente – San Francisco

Anesthesiologist
General OR, OB, Regional Anesthesia
Experience as solo practioner as well as supervising CRNAs and educating residents
Also helping initiate new acute pain service

San Francisco, CA
July 2012 - Present

Kaiser Permanente – South San Francisco

Anesthesiologist
General OR, Regional anesthesia, Interventional pain management clinic
Solo practitioner in OR (including regional) as well as fluoroscopic guided injections in pain clinic

South San Francisco, CA
July 2013 – December 2014

University of California, San Francisco, Mount Zion Hospital

Acute Pain Service Chief Fellow
Coordinated acute pain management service quality improvement with administration, nursing, and clinical faculty

San Francisco, CA
July 2012 – June 2013

University of California, San Francisco Dept of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Pain Management Ultrasound Regional Anesthesia Workshop

Ultrasound workshop assistant
Demonstrated sonoanatomy for regional anesthesia

San Francisco, CA
November 2012

University of California, Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lab technician

  • Conducted independent research focused on translational tumor immunology, ultimately aimed at developing novel immunotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of follicular B-Cell lymphoma and related cancers.
  • Initialized and developed a research project centered on creating and testing a novel way of conjugating idiotype protein to carrier proteins. Responsible for experimental design, data collection and analysis.
  • Created hybridomas, Id negative cell lines. Gained proficiency in molecular biology, flow cytometry, cell culture, and the design of murine models of human disease.

Los Angeles, CA
April 2002 - June 2004

Immuno-Biogene, Inc.

Research Assistant

  • Clinical laboratory with wide range of assays including routine labs, genotyping, bacterial resistance testing, PCR, ELISA.
  • Responsible for independent experiments as well as lab organization and administration.

West Hills, CA
March 1999 – April 2002

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Seminar Leader - Doctors Ought to Care (DOC)

  • Responsible for development and implementation of outreach seminars to junior and high school students in underserved areas across San Diego County.
  • Delivered educational lectures and practical demonstrations on topics including alcohol, sexual health, AIDS and smoking prevention.

La Jolla, CA
March 1999 – April 2002

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Clinic Chief – School of Medicine Free Clinic

  • Responsible for ensuring smooth functioning of weekly free clinic including supervising medical students, ensuring patients seen on time, confirming attending physicians’ schedules, and supplies present and available.

La Jolla, CA
July 2005 – May 2006

Western Anesthesia Resident Conference

Oral Presentation - "Does the Capsaicin Receptor splice variant TRPV1var block activation of sensory neurons to capsaicin?"

Marina Del Rey, CA
May 2012

Rady Childrens Hospital Residents Conference

Case report presentation - "A patient with pancreatitis and dyslipidemia diagnosed with both Glycogen Storage Disease Type IA and Type III Hyperlipoproteinemia"

San Diego, CA
June 2007

The 48th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology

Poster Presentation - "T cell and humoral immunity generated against B cell lymphomas using a sulfhydryl-based idiotype carrier protein conjugation method"

Orlando, FL
December 2006

The 47th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology

Poster Presentation - "Improvement of idiotype vaccine efficacy using a sulfhydryl-based December 2005 carrier protein conjugation method: Results in multiple murine lymphoma models"

Atlanta, GA
December 2005

The 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research

Poster Presentation - "Vaccination with sulfhydryl-based idiotype-carrier protein conjugates elicits therapeutic anti-tumor immunity superior to glutaraldehyde conjugates in the A20 murine lymphoma model"

Anaheim, CA
April 2005

Betting, D. J., K. Kafi, A. Abdollahi-Fard, S. A. Hurvitz, and J. M. Timmerman. Sulfhydryl-based tumor antigen-carrier protein conjugates stimulate superior anti-tumor immunity against B cell lymphomas. Journal of Immunotherapy. 2008 Sep 15;181(6):4131-40.

Betting, D.J., K. Kafi, A. Abdollahi-Fard, S.A. Hurvitz, and J.M. Timmerman. Superior T cell and humoral immunity generated against B cell lymphomas using a sulfhydryl-based idiotype carrier protein conjugation method. Abstracts for the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Biological Therapy of Cancer, Journal of Immunotherapy. 2006, Nov; 29(6):644.

Western Anesthesia Residents Conference

2nd Place Oral Presentation - "Does the Capsaicin Receptor splice variant TRPV1var block activation of sensory neurons to capsaicin?"

Marina Del Rey, CA
May 2012

Department of Medicine, University of California in Los Angeles

2nd Place Oral Presentation - "Vaccination with sulfhydryl-based idiotype-carrier protein conjugates elicits therapeutic anti-tumor immunity superior to glutaraldehyde conjugates in the A20 murine lymphoma model"

Los Angeles, CA
June 2006

US Patent Pending

Sulfhydryl-based tumor antigen-carrier protein conjugates stimulate superior anti-tumor immunity against B cell lymphomas

University of California, San Francisco, Department of Anesthesia Lab of Dr Mark Schumacher

Project Title: Transcriptional Control of TRPV1 and role of sp4 in regulating TRPV1 and long term pain potentiation

San Francisco, CA
June 2011 – Present

American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA)

California Society of Anesthesiology (CSA)

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)

American Academy of Pain Physicians (AAPP)

International Spine Injection Society (ISIS)

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