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David M. Sibell M.D.

    • Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine
    • Medical Director, Ambulatory Clinical Informatics, Clinical Informatics Department

Dr. David Sibell joined the OHSU Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine in 1997 after completing his fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Virginia. He has been on the faculty of the Comprehensive Pain Center since that time, and is a charter member of the OHSU Spine Center, specializing in the treatment of painful disorders of the back and neck.

His publications include scientific articles involving interventional pain medicine, as well as the book, The 5-Minute Pain Management Consult, which he co-edited. Dr. Sibell is Board Certified in both Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology.

In 2012, Dr. Sibell also became Medical Director for Ambulatory Clinical Informatics, in the Clinical Informatics Department.  He became a Board Certified Clinical Informaticist in 2018.

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  • B.A., University of Virginia 1988
  • M.D., University of Vermont College of Medicine 1992
  • Internship:

    • Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh (1992-93)
  • Residency:

    • Anesthesiology: University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1993-6)
  • Fellowship:

    • Pain Medicine: University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1996-7)
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Anesthesiology, 1997, recertification not required
    • American Board of Anesthesiology Subspecialty Certification in Pain Management: October 1998, recertification valid to 2028
    • Clinical Informatics (American Board of Preventative Medicine), valid until 2027


  • "Failure to ventilate through a double-lumen tube due to carinal shift during lung volume reduction surgery" Anesthesia and Analgesia  1996
  • "A randomized trial of epidural glucocorticoid injections for spinal stenosis" New England Journal of Medicine  2014
  • "Cricoid pressure." Anaesthesia December 1994
  • "Intervention for low back pain" Current Pain and Headache Reports February 2007
  • "Desflurane and the TEC 6 filter system" Anaesthesia  1994
  • "ACGME Sports, ACGME Pain, or Non-ACGME Sports and Spine" PM and R August 2013
  • "Thoracic epidural infusion complicated by epidural compartment syndrome" Anesthesiology March 1 2003
  • "Successful use of spinal cord stimulation in the treatment of severe Raynaud's disease of the hands" Anesthesiology January 2005
  • "Treatment of hypotension after hyperbaric tetracaine spinal anesthesia [1] (multiple letters)" Anesthesiology  1997
  • "Implementation of a Novel Electronic Health Record-Embedded Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment System" Journal of Medical Systems November 1 2016
  • "Long-Term Effects of Repeated Injections of Local Anesthetic With or Without Corticosteroid for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis" Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  2016
  • "The Value of CT and MRI for Determining Thymoma in Patients With Myasthenia Gravis" Cancer Control January 1 2019

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