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Whether you're curious about his qualifications, experience, background, or what goes into his deep commitment to caring for patients in his local community, here's some things you might like to know about your personal pain doctor. You can also learn more about his special approach known as the Pain Unlayering Protocol.

Dr. Brian Lai M.D wearing black scrubs looking at camera -- interventional pain physician Santa Monica - West Lost Angeles


Dr. Brian Lai is an elite medical professional who has trained and practiced at the highest levels following outstanding academic achievements. After graduating from Stuyvesant High School, an elite science-based school in New York City, he graduated with Honors from Dartmouth College with a degree in Biophysical Chemistry. He went on to study medicine at Drexel University, earning Honors in Clinical Skills with his medical degree.

After medical school, he completed a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at the world-class University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lai is licensed to practice in California, New York and Pennsylvania.  He has been practicing for more than 10 years, has performed thousands of procedures, and holds multiple accreditations, including board certification by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

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Dr. Brian Lai is highly rated by patients for his patient-centered treatment philosophy. He personally diagnoses, treats, and follows up with every patient.


When you come to see Dr. Lai at Specialty Pain Care, you will have him as part of your treatment every step of the way. From your initial consultation to your first procedure, Dr. Lai personally provides you with the highest quality medical care.

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Dr. Brian Lai seated outdoors in Santa Monica California


Dr. Lai believes that physicians need to adapt to the changing ways people live and the type of medical support they need.


When appropriate, Dr. Lai integrates telehealth visits for patients' convenience.

He is dedicated to continuing professional education and is constantly learning and updating his skills on the newest technologies and techniques to provide the very best care for his patients.


Dr. Lai is committed to working with patients in his local community who share a motivated mindset to heal and get active again. He believes in working with other community physicians to provide his patients with world-class care.


Dr. Lai is very active in multiple societies including ASRA Pain Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiology. Through these societies, he collaborates with leaders in the field, bringing knowledge and best practices back to his patients at Specialty Pain Care.

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Dr. Brian Lai and husband Daniel walk dogs in Santa Monica park


Dr. Lai lives in Santa Monica with his husband, Daniel, and their two dogs, Keelah and Sayuri.

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