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Synovation Medical Group aims to restore function and richness to patients’ lives, giving them control over their pain and reducing their reliance on medications through collaborative, multidisciplinary pain management programs that are unavailable elsewhere. Synovation Medical Group strives to be a leader in pain management by starting with the premise that treatments must be innovative, ethical, and efficient.

In 1990, Dr. Clayton Varga founded Synovation Medical Group to share his vision to serve patients and community as the leaders in pain management. Since then, Synovation Medical Group has grown to more than 20 locations, and has offered leading integrated multidisciplinary patient care through our unified group of physicians and specialists in pain management.

Fellowship Opportunities

Synovation Medical Group is accepting applications from Physiatrists, Neurologists and Anesthesiologists for a one-year comprehensive pain management fellowship. This is a true multidisciplinary program that will provide the fellow with broad-based experience in the management and treatment of acute and chronic pain. The fellow will become well-versed in the medical, behavioral, rehabilitative, and interventional aspects of pain management. The fellow will be well-trained in most of the common interventional procedures, including cervical and lumbar ESI, nerve blocks, facet blocks, medial branch blocks, radiofrequency ablations, and spinal cord stimulation.

The fellow will work with anesthesiologists, neurologists, physiatrists, psychologists, and therapists to gain expertise from the various disciplines. The training experiences are based on direct involvement in patient care under direct faculty supervision and instruction.

Fellows are required to be at a Synovation Medical Group clinic during regular duty hours (7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). The Fellow will also be a part of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) committee and present 1 CME topic throughout the fellowship year. offers paid fellowship positions in our practice locations to new physicians in search of completing their training in a pain management focused setting. We employ professionals of many disciplines; please contact fellowships@localhost to learn what types of opportunities we have available.

Army PaYS

PaYS (Partnership for Youth Success) was developed to help the Army attract, train and deploy talented young people who want to serve their country, but also want to secure their future success after military service. It connects Soldiers to potential employers by providing two guaranteed job interviews and possible employment once their service is complete. Participating soldiers develop leadership, valuable technical skills, and experience while employers reach a pool of highly skilled, motivated and professional candidates to fill their personnel needs.

Free Public Pain Resources

Synovation also provides Pain Support Group Services for our patients and the public, which educate people on pain management skills, communication and assertiveness skills, sleep, pacing, anxiety, depression, relationships, and provide a connection to and support from other patients who are experiencing similar chronic pain symptoms.

  • Educational lecture series (Lectures are local, free — all on website — in Pasadena)
  • Introduction to Mindfulness (free Zoom seminars)

Clinical Research

Clinical research and trials are the foundation of medical advances. Synovation’s clinical research department explores innovative ways to improve human function and quality of life, prevent and treat conditions that cause pain, decrease opioid use, decrease healthcare utilization, and improve the treatment of chronic pain.

Clinical trials may explore new medicines or combinations of therapies, new surgical procedures, new medical devices, or how to use existing treatments in new ways. To provide the best care for our patients, we also engage in clinical research projects that help develop best practices to advance the practice of pain management.

Synovation has created new multidisciplinary programs, after testing those programs to assess efficacy and comparing them to the current standard of care. Our clinical research is performed ethically, responsibly, and professionally.

To learn more, ask our providers about Synovation’s clinical research studies, call 626-799-2572, or email research@localhost.