David C. Agnew, MD, FAAPM, is one of the pioneers in pain medicine in the United States. A cum laude graduate of Mercersberg Academy in Pennsylvania, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Denison University in Ohio, Dr. Agnew completed his medical studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, internship at the Guthrie Clinic in Pennsylvania, followed by a neurology residency at the Barrow Neurologic Institute in Arizona. After completing one of the first fellowships in intractable pain studies ever given at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London,England, he began his professional career as the Director of Neurology at the City of Hope National Medical Center. Working with an interdisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, psychiatrists , anesthesiologists, pharmacologists and physical medicine specialists, as well as neurophysiological researchers, Dr. Agnew and his colleagues developed the basic treatment models confirmed by published clinical studies on which most chronic pain treatment programs in this country are based.
Dr. Agnew is a founding member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Western U.S.A. Pain Society, the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, as well as the California Pain Medicine Association, on whose boards of directors he has served. He was appointed to the faculty of The USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, in 1976, has served has served on the board of directors, as well as president of the Los Angeles Society of Neurology and Psychiatry. In 1986 he was invited to head the Pain Department at the St. Francis Medical Center in Santa Barbara, where he maintains a consulting practice in neurology and pain medicine.
An author of twenty-four publications in neurology and pain medicine, Dr. Agnew was chosen as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Medicine in 1995, one of twelve so honored. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Neurology. He has been invested as an Officer of the Society of St. John (Order of Knights Hospitalier) for his long-standing work in the Episcopal Church. He is a senior consultant to the Society of Industry Leaders in neurology and pain medicine of Vista Research, has been elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary society for scientific research and is a founding partner and Treasurer of Phoresus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Santa Barbara.