3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
Dr. Lerman earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2007 and became triple board certified in neurology, pain medicine and headache medicine. He completed his neurology residency at Yale University School of Medicine, a fellowship in pain management at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the VA CESAMH’s Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the VA San Diego Healthcare System where he continues to serve as a research investigator for CESAMH’s Neuroscience Research Unit. In 2012, Dr. Lerman became Assistant Professor for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego Center for Pain Medicine. He is also a founding board member of the American Interventional Headache Society, and faculty for the American Society of Regional Anesthesiology and the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography.
As a pain management specialist, Dr. Lerman has extensive expertise in evaluating, diagnosing and treating all forms of pain, including acute, chronic and cancer pain. He has extensive experience in ultrasound guidance for interventional pain procedures and interventional headache treatment, as well as teaching and speaking nationally on these subjects.In his research, Dr. Lerman uses brain imaging, inflammatory profiling, and the evaluation of peripheral autonomic nervous system function to better understand the interplay between pain and inflammation in the central and peripheral nervous systems. His clinical trial studies at the VASDHS and UCSD investigate novel drugs and devices for the treatment of headache and spine pain with the goal of improving pain, function and mental health.
- Lerman I, Davis BA, Bertram TM, Proudfoot J, Hauger RL, Coe CL, Patel PM, Baker DG. Posttraumatic stress disorder influences the nociceptive and intrathecal cytokine response to a painful stimulus in combat veterans. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 Nov;73:99-108. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.07.202. Epub 2016 Jul 14. PubMed PMID: 27490714.
- Huang MX, Nichols S, Robb-Swan A, Angeles-Quinto A, Harrington DL, Drake A, Huang CW, Song T, Diwakar M, Risbrough VB, Matthews S, Clifford R, Cheng CK, Huang JW, Sinha A, Yurgil KA, Ji Z, Lerman I, Lee RR, Baker DG. MEG Working Memory N-Back Task Reveals Functional Deficits in Combat-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Cereb Cortex. 2018 Apr 13. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhy075. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29668852.
- I.R. Lerman, B. Davis, R. Hauger, B. Simon, J. Proudfoot, A. Huang, D.B. Baker, (2016) Noninvasive Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation Decreases Whole Blood Culture-derived Cytokines and Chemokines: A Randomized, Blinded, Healthy Control Pilot Trial. Neuromodulation 2016 April issue (early view DOI: 10.1111/ner.12398)
- D.G. Baker, I.R. Lerman, E.P. Espejo, R. McLay. Treatments for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Pharmaceutical and Electrophysiologic Considerations. Curr Treat Options Psychiatry. 2015;2:73–85.
- Lerman IR, Chen JL, Hiller D, Souzdalnitski D, Sheean G, Wallace M, Barba D. (2015). Novel High-Frequency Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Treatment of Refractory Postherpetic Neuralgia: A Brief Technical Note. Neuromodulation. 18(6):487-493; discussion 493.