David M. Sibell M.D.

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  • Professor

Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.6 out of 5 (197 Ratings, 59 Comments)


  • Anesthesiology
  • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation

Special focus on

  • Clinical Informatics
  • Management of Spinal Pain Conditions
  • Pain Medicine
  • Spine


  • 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


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.

Watch a video of Dr. Sibell discussing back pain and treatment options.

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Patient Ratings

4.6 out of 5 (197 Ratings, 59 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • May 24, 2019

    Very professional and informative!

  • May 23, 2019

    A "people" person and very knowledgeable. He had reviewed my history before he walked in.

  • May 22, 2019

    Dr. Sibell is very frank and honest which I very much appreciate

  • May 20, 2019

    I was told that surgery was my only option (spinal stenosis) when I could have been told that on the phone rather than wasting time driving to O H S U to hear that surgery is my only option!!!

  • May 19, 2019

    I needed information and possible treatment options. It was done expertly and with courtesy.

  • May 18, 2019

    Dr. David Sibell was excellent. He was very, very informative. Very precise articulate answered all my questions that I mean all of them thoroughly. I had a much better understanding of my situation and the possibilities and the options that I have. I would I speak very highly of Dr. David Sibell. Thank you.

  • May 17, 2019

    I think this is the doctor who came in after the first doctor I spoke with, because (I assume) he was the doctor of record, while the first doctor is learning the ropes. I liked that he asked me to go over my most important symptoms with me, so he could decide whether or not to concur with the first doctor. I also liked that he didn't act rushed and even was aware that I have donkeys.

  • May 14, 2019

    Dr. Sibell is one of the few doctors that I've seen over the last 3 years that is very familiar with Tarlov Cysts. He never once talked down to me or made me feel uncomfortable or not believed. I would highly recommend Dr. Sibell. I feel very comfortable in his care.

  • May 01, 2019

    A very good experience overall. The appointment was carried out on time and with enough time spent with the doctor to cover the issue at hand.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    My visit with Dr. Sibell met and exceeded every expectation I had. He reviewed my medical history, gave me a physical exam, discussed my pain-related and other medical issues, and answered all my questions with patience and in language any layperson could understand. He gave me follow up instructions, posted his finding on the web site, arranged two referral visits, and suggested a yoga practice I could use. Everything? I needed got done and I left fully satisfied.

  • Apr 22, 2019

    Hello, this is [Name] Dr. Sibell... treated me and... he is... just the bomb and did a fantastic job. Couldn't been done any better by any person. Highly recommend him to any and everyone, and I compliment OHSU on recruiting him and maintaining him on the staff it speaks well of the organization, to have such a fine physician working there. Thank you. [Name]

  • Apr 13, 2019

    The doctors and nurses were great

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Dr. Sibell has been very good as a doctor for me. Has done everything for me and ensures that my ... my troubles and concerns are all have been met and taken care of. I highly recommend him in his work to other patients.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    It was okay I had more questions and felt rushed through the appointment. It took me a long time to be ref as I had to go through a few doctors before seeing him. Now I feel like I’m back to square one. A lot of time and money with less answers

  • Apr 05, 2019

    I appreciate Dr. Sibell taking the time to explain things to me. He never makes me feel rushed (that has happened in another office and it’s uncomfortable.)

  • Apr 03, 2019

    He takes his time and makes sure that I understand what he is trying to explain. He also asks lots of follow up questions to assure that he understands my medical issues

  • Mar 28, 2019

    Dr. Sibell was nice, courteous, and competent.I have stenosis of the spine, neuropathy, and sciatica.Doctor told me to be active, MOVE, and lose some weight.He told me to buy a book on pain.He told me to get Physical Therapy.Although he didn't "heal" me, he comforted me.I'm in pain - every day. But I did join a gym 2 weeks ago!He said I SHOULD move, so I joined a gym.It is an honor when OHSU sees me. I'm truly honored.Thank you.Happy Easter!:-)

  • Mar 17, 2019

    I was anxious, but the team went above and beyond to make me comfortable. I appreciate how skilled & professional they all are. This made it easy to let them perform this procedure on me.

  • Mar 17, 2019

    It was a good experience, super friendly staff and very professional and informative

  • Mar 03, 2019


  • Mar 02, 2019

    Dr. Sibell is clearly very interested in helping me. My case is very unusual and I've been through several surgeries.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    Seemed eager to send me to PT an Chiropractic. Not sure i agree but going to try.

  • Feb 11, 2019

    We had to re state and re do positions I cannot do. 3rd ohsu dr (consult then surgeon now him).

  • Feb 10, 2019

    Hi, I had a great experience with Dr. Sibell. I was just really impressed with what a good communicator what he was he was very clear. He asked good questions and really took time to make sure that I understood the potential outcome. So I appreciated that.

  • Feb 06, 2019

    He was incredibly thorough, he spoke very highly of the staff, he made me feel like he cared what I said, and he spoke in a way that I understood the rationale behind the treatment plan.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    I spent months and a small fortune with this doctor to have zero results, zero pain relief and to be stunned by his absolute lack of curiosity.

  • Jan 26, 2019


  • Jan 26, 2019

    Excellent and most informative

  • Jan 23, 2019

    Careful, thoughtful, caring listener.

  • Jan 23, 2019

    This is my first experience with OHSU and I'm finding out that you people are pretty awesome. There was no quick 15 minute get them and out...you people really seem to care and want to help

  • Jan 20, 2019

    very informative and the whole experience was a good one.

  • Jan 20, 2019

    I felt rushed and I didn’t feel like he was very interested in my problems.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    David Sibell is direct to the point and no beat around the bush. He's just... was straight forward with everything.

  • Jan 06, 2019

    Yeah, Dr. Sibell was great. Fantastic guy, very informative. And also, I can't recall her name right now, but it was the lady that took me back to the room initially from the lobby and took my information. She was great, very friendly lady. I think it may be Abby something, Abigail, but the woman that took me back. She was fantastic. Highly, really loved her. She was so friendly. Thank you.

  • Dec 28, 2018

    Did not accurately document issues addressed in my visit.

  • Dec 25, 2018

    Dr. Sibell asked questions I had never been asked before; explained his diagnosis well, emailed my primary, suggested another medication. I felt understood and hopeful that 2019 will be a better year for me than the past had been.

  • Dec 22, 2018

    Dr. Sidell was cordial and conversant with my situation. Hopefully, his assessment will result in lessening my pain to a level that allows? me to work.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    It was absolutely the worst experience possible. Provider would not listen to me at all what so ever, when I've had continuous back issues with back problems. First of the year treated me as if I was white trash and that my smoking was caused by my back issue. That's it, bottom line. Will never recommend, don't even want to go to (INAUDIBLE) after my experience I had.

  • Dec 03, 2018

    excellent doctor.

  • Dec 02, 2018

    Doctor listened to my concerns and never made me feel rushed. He explained things in a way I would understand. When I left, I felt like there was hope for my problem. (I wasn?t so sure when I went in.)

  • Nov 19, 2018

    Yes, this is [Name] I am very pleased with Dr. Sibell and I would recommend him to anybody. And my opinion of it, it would get a 10 if I was able to go from a 0 to a 10.

  • Nov 10, 2018

    Provider relied too heavily on previous Dr.s notes which I believe are very misleading.

  • Nov 09, 2018

    Yes, I've had doctor before, Sibell, and he's very skilled, very good and I trust him completely with my procedure and would recommend him to anybody I know that would need the following procedure.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    I think Dr. Sibell's very professional. He told*

  • Nov 01, 2018

    Sobell has been the architect of finally resolving my years of lower back pain. He is absolutely the best.

  • Oct 27, 2018


  • Oct 25, 2018

    Personable but very clear diagnostics and possible interventions.

  • Oct 20, 2018

    Unfortunately Dr. Sibell could not treat me and even commented that it was too bad he wasn't able to screen my case before I came in so we didn't both waste our time. I think that OHSU needs to improve the screening of patients prior to making them come in for an appointment so that Doctors can advise their staff or the patient that the treatment they are seeking isn't available. I was hoping for an epidural to relieve my hand symptoms caused by compression of my spinal cord at C3-4. Both a neurosurgeon and an orthosurgeon told me to give it a try and it could hurt. Dr. Sibell explained to me that it would be unwise to do an epidural as that would only increase the pressure on my already compressed spinal cord. But this could have been determined by reviewing my MRI's prior to setting up my appointment as my MRI's were already in my OHSU patient profile.

  • Oct 11, 2018

    I like Dr Sibell. Tells me straight what I need to know

  • Oct 06, 2018

    Thorough exam, good explanations.