Lars R. Newsome, M.D.
Board Certified in Pain Management
Board Certified in Anesthesiology
Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Newsome received his undergraduate degree at Columbia University in New York, and graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing his anesthesiology residency and fellowship at Emory University he remained on the faculty for three years as an assistant professor of anesthesiology before moving his practice to San Diego.

Dr. Newsome specializes in interventional pain management and anesthesiology. He offers a variety of procedures to manage pain, such as lumbar, thoracic
 and cervical epidural steroid injections, facet injections, radiofrequency ablation,
 intrathecal drug delivery and neuromodulation.

American Board of Anesthesiology

Critical Care Medicine-Subspecialty

American Board of Anesthesiology-
Pain Medicine-Subspecialty

Facet Injections

Fluoroscopically Guided Epidural

Steroid Injections

Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems

Joint Injections

Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks

Percutaneous Intradiscal Nucleoplasty

Peripheral Nerve Blocks

Provocative Discography

Spinal Cord Stimulator

American Medical Association

California Medical Association

Associate Examiner, American Board of Anesthesiology

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 1979

National Medical Fellowship Award 1979

Kaiser Foundation Award of Merit 1990

Emory University, Anesthesiology Faculty Member of the Year 1986

Roger Kasendorf, D.O.
Board Certified Pain Medicine
Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Roger Kasendorf, DO, is a top physiatrist in the La Jolla, CA, area, providing state-of-the-art pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation services for superior, effective treatment of a wide array of issues affecting the musculoskeletal system. Recognized as a leading specialist in the management of chronic pain, Dr. Kasendorf is committed to providing the most advanced care for patients at his practice on Genesee Avenue in La Jolla. His close affiliation with Scripps Memorial Hospital ensures patients have ready access to cutting-edge therapeutic options aimed at assessing and treating their unique health needs.

Dedicated to providing patient-centered care based on each patient’s condition, medical history, personal goals, and other factors and objectives, Dr. Kasendorf offers an array of care options, including osteopathic manipulation, arthritis management, acute and chronic pain management, cancer pain management, regenerative medicine, electrodiagnostics (EMG) and rehabilitation services.

Dr. Kasendorf completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, followed by medical training at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, a medical internship at Plainview Hospital on Long Island, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Nassau University Medical Center in NY. After completing his residency, he served as medical director for his pain management and rehabilitation clinics in New York before moving to the San Diego area, where he served as associate program director for the Long Beach Medical Center before opening his practice in La Jolla.

Dr. Kasendorf is committed to expanding his knowledge and skills in the areas of pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and he holds board certifications in both pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation from the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has also lectured extensively about the topics of chronic and acute pain management.

In addition to caring for patients at his private practice, Dr. Kasendorf maintains an affiliation with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He welcomes new patients, and his practice accepts most major medical insurance plans.

David A. Petersen, M.D., FAAOS
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon


Dr. David Petersen is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He joined the San Diego Spine & Joint Center in 2014 and, along with his team of nurses and healthcare providers, manages and oversees his patients’ care from the pre-operative to post-operative process.

Dr. Petersen went to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, completing his residency there in 1994. While in the Navy, he worked at the Pensacola Naval Hospital and Naval Reserves Medical School, as well as general medical officer and assistant emergency department director at Orlando Naval Hospital with the rank of Lieutenant.

His research includes radio biochemistry, articular cartilage regeneration study, cadaveric pedicle screw study, and extensive spine biomechanics research performed at USF as part of a PhD mentor program. He conducts product evaluation for numerous spine companies and has approximately 20 patents in spine surgery.

Dr. Petersen’s goal is that each of his patients receives the highest quality medical care with a seamless experience in the continuum of care at Paradise Valley Hospital.

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