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Mark Wallace, MD

Mark Wallace, MD received a B.S. in biology from New Mexico State University in 1983 and his M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1987. He completed an internship in general surgery at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, followed by an anesthesiology residency at the University of Maryland.
From 1992-1994, Dr. Wallace performed preclinical research on spinal drug delivery under an NIH training grant and completed a clinical pain fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of California San Diego. Dr. Wallace was on faculty at the University of Texas, Houston Medical School from 1994-1995, after which he returned to the University of California, San Diego and assumed the directorship of the Center for Pain Medicine. He currently is the chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology.  In 2010, he assumed the position of director of the Division of Clinical Research in the UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute. He is sub-investigator for the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award, which supports the CTRI.  
Dr. Wallace is associate editor for the Clinical Journal of Pain and sits on numerous editorial boards. He is chair of the University of California San Diego IRB, on the board of directors for the American Pain Society and is a nationally recognized lecturer on pain medicine.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, San Diego’s Top Doctor in Pain Medicine, American Pain Society Center of Excellence Award and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.  He has received numerous research grants from agencies including NIH, State and private foundations. Dr. Wallace has authored and co-authored more than 230 articles, abstracts, books, and book chapters concerning pain research and management.  His research interests include human experimental pain, spinal drug delivery and the use of the cannabinoids in pain management.