Chandler Pain Management Doctor

Tristan Pico - Pain DoctorDoctor Tristan Pico is fellowship trained in both Interventional Pain Management and Anesthesiology.

While the excitement of the operating room was difficult to leave, he found he wanted more personal interaction with his patients. This, paired with his desire to treat pain led him to the field of pain management, which not only provides the opportunity to connect with his patients during their time of greatest difficulty, but also alleviate their suffering. There is a great diversity of treatment options for patients who suffer with chronic pain. While a resident in Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama,

Dr. Pico learned many different techniques to treat both acute and chronic pain. His training at MD Anderson, the nation’s premier cancer treatment facility, helped him master the most advanced pain treatment techniques that can be offered to patients.

Dr. Pico is an advocate of providing patients with a wide array of treatments to ensure that pain treatment is tailored to each patient’s unique pain profile.Dr. Pico witnessed the devastating consequences of pain during his grandfather’s battle with colon cancer. At MD Anderson, he learned that pain is a highly personal experience and does not affect any one person in the same way. All patients who endure pain on a day-to-day basis can have their lives immeasurably improved with advanced pain treatment. Dr. Pico was raised in Glendora, California and will reside in Mesa, Arizona with his wife and three children.
Pain Doctor Certified


Post Graduate Training

2009-2010 Fellowship – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX
Interventional Pain Management fellowship, July 1st 2009 – June 30th 2010

  • Multidisciplinary chronic pain service with broad exposure to cancer and non-cancer patients in inpatient and outpatient settings
  • ntrathecal pump, spinal cord stimulator, peripheral nerve stimulator trials and implants
  • Kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, plasma-mediated ablation of spinal column tumors
  • Trigeminal, stellate, celiac plexus, lumbar sympathetic, superior hypogastric, and ganglion impar blocks and neurolysis
  • Facet injections, medial branch nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablations
  • Sacroiliac joint blocks and strip lesioning using radiofrequency ablation
  • Transforaminal, translaminar, and caudal epidural steroid injections
  • Greater and lesser occipital, supraorbital, suprascapular, ilioinguinal nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablations
  • Extensive experience with management of opioid and non-opioid analgesics, adjuvants
  • Glenohumeral, acromioclavicular, knee, hip, bursa, bicipital tendon injections

2006-2009 Residency – University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham AL
Anesthesiology residency, June 30th 2006 – June 30th, 2009

  • Extensive experience with acute and chronic pain management
  • Performed numerous interscalene, supraclavicular, axillary, femoral, sciatic, and popliteal nerve blocks and catheters using both ultrasound guidance and nerve stimulation
  • Performed numerous transforaminal, interlaminar, facet, medial branch, sacroiliac, and greater trochanteric bursa steroid injections
  • Selected for liver transplant team CA-1 through CA-3 years

2005-2006 Internship – Baptist Health System, Birmingham AL
Transitional Medicine internship, June 15th 2005 – June 20th 2006

  • General Surgery and Emergency Medicine provided extensive suturing experience
  • Rotations in Cardiology, Radiology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care

Medical Doctorate

2001-2005 University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham AL
Doctor of Medicine, June 4th 2005

Bachelor of Arts

1997-2001 Claremont McKenna College, Claremont CA
BA in Biology and Economics, Cum Laude, May 13th 2001

1997-1998 University of California, Los Angeles
Study in Biology and Economics

1994-1997 Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara CA
Study in Biology

Publications and Research Involvement

Pico T and Hamid B. Decision Making in the Cancer Pain Setting — Beyond the WHO
Ladder. Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. In Publication.

Chen L, Bosworth CA, Pico T, Collawn JF, Varga K, Gao Z, Clancy JP, Fontenberry JA,
Lancaster Jr JR, Matalon S. Detanonoate and Nitrated Lipids Increase Chloride Secretion
Across Lung Airway Cells. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2008 Feb 28

Pico T. Ultrasound-guided Ilioinguinal Nerve Blockade. Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia
Residents Research Conference 2008

Board Certification

2009 Anesthesiology Written Boards

Awards and Honors

  • 2009 Recipient of ASRA Attendance Grant for productivity and work ethic – MD Anderson
  • 2008 Selected for Education Committee – UASOM
  • 2006 Selected for Liver Transplant Team – UASOM
  • 2002 Finalist Medical Student Research Day – UASOM
  • 2002 NIH Research Grant Recipient – UASOM
  • 2002 Peacock Fellow in Anatomy Instruction – UASOM
  • 2002 Lewis Jeffers Scholarship – UASOM
  • 2001 Baird Memorial Scholarship – UASOM
  • 2001 Benjamin & Roberta Russell Scholarship – UASOM


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