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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.

Research/Clinical Interests

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.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

Selected Publications