David M. Sibell M.D.

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  • Professor

Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.5 out of 5 (205 Ratings, 75 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

4.5 out of 5 (205 Ratings, 75 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

  • Jul 24, 2019

    AwesomeDr Siebel is one of the finest Dr’s I have seen In the past two years I have had 8 surgeries for different problemsI have seen more than 20 different Dr’sHe is an ALLSTAR!!!!!and a kind compassionate person

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Visit was very good. He took time to listen and examine. Very respectful.

  • Jul 15, 2019

    Very happy with the dr His knowledge and concern for my well being was nice. I needed pain pills as I was forced into withdrawal by A doctor cold turkey no pills were given I feel miserable and getting to the OSHU clinic was taxing riding the bus and the max. I've been on pain pills for 14 yrs. this is hard for me to not relieve my pain. I'm using a tens Unit but it only helps a little bit.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Dr. Sibell was attentive and listened to my concerns. I appreciated our in depth discussion about the semantics of nomeclature. His bedside manner was fantastic. I am very satisfied with my visit.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Dr. Sibell was very knowledgeable and explained medical terms in a way that was understandable. He was approachable and easy to talk with. I appreciate not only his knowledge but his manner with me as a patient.

  • Jul 06, 2019

    Thorough, communicative and thoughtful in his approach.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    I appreciated the time my provider took to speak with me both before and after the procedure.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    No help ..discouraging

  • Jun 26, 2019

    I didn’t know what to expect going in, but I feel that everything I hoped for was accomplished. Dr. Sibell, his fellow, and the MA/nurse were all pleasant, reasonable and realistic. Despite any pain that I have been in, I was HAPPY when I left yesterday. My concerns were addressed and nobody tried to push me to do anything I didn’t want to do, and they gave me some ideas as to what I can to to ease pain. I’m glad my recovery has been placed in my own hands, instead of requiring daily pain meds, or unnecessary surgery/medical procedures. The providers I saw yesterday were fantastic, and I absolutely would recommend a visit (if needed, obviously).

  • Jun 23, 2019

    Fantastic experience.

  • Jun 20, 2019

    He was very professional yet personal in his interview with me and his discussion with me on the treatment plan. I appreciated how complete the intake was.

  • Jun 17, 2019

    We went to the appointment and after a little further questioning they decided they weren't going to do anything. It just abruptly left. They did make a referral which we're following up on. That was about it.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    He was on time, very professional and efficient.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    On Thurs June 13, Dr Sibell reviewed my general health, symptoms, past 5 monthstreatment for neck pain and immobility, ordered an MRI, discussed possible treatment plan,With spinal injections, and will adjust treatment after MRI on Saturday. Treatment to beginimmediately. Dr Sibell was direct, gave me confidence in his knowledge and ability totreat me. So far, so good.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Very pleasant and thoughtful. All concerns were addressed.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Excellent Team.Dr. Sibel and others worked flawlessly. Can't say enough about them.Never missed a beat fro front desk to discharge.

  • May 24, 2019

    Dr. Sibell was wonderful to accommodate me. I had tried to make my appointment on my chart. I thought I had and I arrived and I was not booked. However, I went in to reschedule and the inner sanctum with the scheduler and Dr. Sibell happened to walk by and he said I'll fit you in between patients, which he did. We had to rush through it a bit, but he got, you know ... no chit chat. It was all professional and what had to do with my situation and everything worked out perfectly and I could not have been happier. That's it. Thank you.

  • May 24, 2019

    Very professional and informative!

  • May 24, 2019

    I was pleased with his candid answer to my problem. But I was also at the same time very disappointed that there is no help for me, that all I'll end up doing is getting worse, and ending up in a wheelchair because medication does not work.

  • 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.