Dr. Bonakdar is the Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and a member of the Scripps Green Hospital Pain Management (ad hoc) and Physician Wellness Committees. He also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and is the current president of the American Academy of Pain Management.
After completing his family medicine residency he completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at Scripps Clinic with a focus on integrative pain management. He has additionally completed the UCLA Acupuncture Course for Physicians and a Richter Fellowship in Southeast Asia, where he studied acupuncture, Tai Chi and mind-body practices. His current clinical and research interests include integrative approaches to chronic disease management with a focus on pain management and metabolic disease/obesity. He is currently involved in the development of a database of clinically tested dietary supplements.
He is the editor of the H.E.R.B.A.L. Guide: Dietary Supplement Resources for the Clinician. Lippincott; contributing author for Integrative Medicine 3rd Edition (ed. David Rakel MD) and the in progress Oxford Weil Integrative Guide to Pain Management.