Anesthesiologist, Chair of Pain Management/Palliative Care,
Scripps Memorial Hospital

Joseph Shurman, MD received his medical degree from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then had a rotating internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by an anesthesia residency with Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, which included a three-month pediatric anesthesia and intensive care rotation at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital. Dr. Shurman is currently an anesthesiologist and a pain consultant, as well as chairman of pain management at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California. In addition, he is a clinical assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego.Dr. Shurman is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists with added qualifications in pain management, and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain. He is chairman of Scripps Memorial Pain Committee, a board member of Whittier Diabetes Institute, as well as a member of the International Pain Society, the International Society of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Anesthesiology, and the Regional Anesthesia Society.

Dr. Shurman is founder of the Share the Risk model, is on the editorial advisory board and Viewpoint moderator of the Practical Pain Management journal, and is a California Medical Board reviewer. He is former chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Scripps Memorial Hospital, former medical director of clinical research, and former chair of Pain Management Anesthesia Service medical group. An active researcher, Dr. Shurman also lectures both nationally and internationally on chronic pain and pain management.



What I think is needed more than anything is something Dr. Joseph Shurman has been advocating and successful at for years in southern California —that is, the building of a sense of community among medical and allied providers in the treatment of pain. – Steven D. Passik, PhD, Pain Medicine 2012


Recent Sessions at Neurovations Events

2019 Napa Pain Conference

2019 Business Essentials for 21st Century Providers

2018 Napa Pain Conference

  • Low Back Pain: Causes, Risks & History of Treatment
  • The Opioid Epidemic: Providers, Patients, & the Public


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