David M. Sibell M.D.

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Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine

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4.4 out of 5 (134 Ratings, 25 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

4.4 out of 5 (134 Ratings, 25 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

  • 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.

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