Pain Management Physician Stephen Barkow

Stephen H. Barkow M.D., DABPM

Dr. Stephen Barkow is the Founder of Orange County Pain Management and practiced medicine for over 20 years. He drew from a variety of disciplines and alternative medicine options to best help heal his patients.

It was his mission to identify the source of pain, give effective treatments and help set realistic goals, so that his patients could achieve as fulfilling a lifestyle as possible.

“While I’m deeply rooted in Western medicine, I also take a holistic look at the human body and often ask my patients to look at their daily habits, movements and nutrition patterns to see if we can target their pain in a comprehensive manner.”

With an impeccable track record and credentials, he was repeatedly recognized for his work in the Pain Management field. Dr. Barkow frequently lectured on the latest approaches in the field. He is also the founder of IllumiNutri, an all-natural nutritional line designed for pain management patients.

We are committed to continuing his legacy at Orange County Pain Management.


  • Over 20 years of experience
  • Dual board certified in Pain Management
  • Board certified in Anesthesiology
  • Board certified in Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Assistant Professor at University of California at Irvine Medical Center
  • Advanced Clinical Instructor for the International Spine Intervention Society
  • Four-Time Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association
  • Named a Top USA Doctor by US News and World Report
  • Given the Patient’s Choice Award by


Undergraduate studies:
  • State University of New York, College at Buffalo, graduated Summa Cum Laude
Graduate studies:
  • University of California, San Diego, Degree of Medicine
  • Internship in Internal Medicine at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
  • Residency in Emergency Medicine at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
  • Anesthesiology Residency at UCLA Westwood in Los Angeles
  • Pain Management Medicine Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center
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