Resume

Appointments

Medical Director, Founder, Bay Area Integrative Orthopedics (2010 – Present)
San Francisco, CA

Photo of Dr. Lee Wolfer at Spinal Diagnostics and Treatment Center

Dr. Lee Wolfer at Spinal Diagnostics and Treatment Center

Staff Physician, Spine, Sports and Wellness Medicine (2008 – Present)
Chiromedical Group, Inc
San Francisco, CA

Staff Physician, Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine (2008 – Present)
Spinal Diagnostics & Treatments Center
Daly City, CA

Physiatrist, Spine Center (2006 – 2007)
Kaiser Permanente
Richmond, CA

Physiatrist, Spine & Sports Medicine; Pain Medicine (2004 – 2006)
Chief, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, St. Luke’s Hospital
San Francisco, CA

Education

Spinal Diagnostics & Treatments Center (2007 – 2008)
Fellow, Interventional Spine
Daly City, CA

Center for Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (2003 – 2004)
Fellow, Spine and Sports Medicine
Chicago, IL

Harvard Medical School (2000 – 2003)
Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Boston, MA

California Pacific Medical Center (1999 – 2000)
Intern, Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA

University of California, San Francisco (1996 – 1999)
U.C. Berkeley/U.C. San Francisco Joint Medical Program (MS/MD)
Medical School
San Francisco, CA

University of California, Berkeley (1991 – 1996)
U.C. Berkeley/U.C. San Francisco Joint Medical Program (MS/MD)
Master’s Degree, Health and Medical Sciences
Berkeley, CA

University of California, Berkeley (1982 -1987)
Bachelor’s of Science, Nutritional Sciences
Berkeley, CA

Board Certifications and Medical Licensure

  • State of California Licensed Physician: 2004 – Present
  • Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: 2004
  • Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sub-speciality certification Pain Medicine: 2005
  • Board-Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sub-speciality certification, Sports Medicine: 2008.
  • Medical Acupuncture, MD Certification, Harvard Medical School
  • Certificate of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Curtin University, Perth Australia

Awards

University of California, Berkeley (1987)
Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa

Dean’s Award for Community Service (2003)
Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Highest honor given to a Harvard resident for outstanding community service.

Harvard Medical School and Department of PMR Exemplary Leadership Award (2001 – 2002)
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Outstanding contributions to PMR.

Aventis Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident’s Scholarship Program (2000 – 2001)
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Outstanding Junior resident.

Finalist, Henrik Blum Award for Social Action (1995 – 1996)
UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Outstanding community service to disability community.

Walter H. Perker Memorial Scholarship, (1994 – 1995, 1995 – 1996)
UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Commitment to a medical career with emphasis on public health.

Departmental Fellowship, (1995 – 1996)
UCB – UCSF Joint Medical Program. Outstanding medical student of the year.

Newhouse Fund Scholarship (1993 – 1994, 1994 -1995, 1996 – 1997)
UC Berkeley. For academic achievement.

Career Development Grant (1992 – 1993)
American Association of University Women, AAUW

American Medical Association(AMA)-Medical Student Community Service Grant (1991)

American Medical Association(AMA)-Medical Student Section Policy Promotion Grant (1991)

Presentations

Practical management of low back pain: The Physiatric Perspective Women In Medicine(June 30th, 2009)
National Meeting Provincetown, MA

Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection: A Systematic Review of the Evidence(July 25th, 2009)
International Spine Intervention Society ISIS), Toronto, Canada

Cervical Whiplash(August 15th, 2009)
American Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (AAOM), Denver, CO

Functional Anatomy of Lumbar Spine (Dec 2008)
American Academy of Orthopedic Medicine, Denver, CO

Exercise and Low Back Pain (Jan 2006)
Presidio Sports Medicine Lecture Series, San Francisco, CA

Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome (Jan 2006)
Grand Rounds, St. Luke’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA

Making it Work: Women in Interventional Spine (Oct 2005)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National meeting, Philadelphia, PA

Stroke Rehabilitation (Oct 2005)
Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA

Interpretation of Post-discectomy MRI (Oct 2005)
St. Luke’s Hospital, Spine Multidisciplinary Rounds, San Francisco, CA

Nutraceuticals and Pain Management (Sep 2005)
American Academy of Pain Management, National conference, San Diego, CA

EMG and Common Neuromuscular Conditions of the Upper Extremity (Jul 2005)
Grand Rounds, St. Luke’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA

Update on Genetics and Low Back Pain (June 2005)
St. Luke’s Hospital, Spine Multidisciplinary Rounds, San Francisco, CA

Lumbar Facet Syndrome (May 2005)
Orthopedics/Radiology Grand Rounds, St. Luke’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA

Baastrup’s Sign: ¡§Kissing Spine¡¨ (March 2006)
St. Luke’s Hospital, Spine Multidisciplinary Rounds, San Francisco, CA

Introduction to Low Back Pain (Mar 2005)
Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program, University of San Francisco (USF), San Francisco, CA

What is Physiatry?: Introduction to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Jan 2005)
Grand Rounds, St. Luke’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA

Osteoporosis and Exercise (Sep 2004)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National meeting, Phoenix, AZ

Exercise and Low Back Pain: Update on the Evidence (Jan 2004)
Grand Rounds, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Biomechanics of Throwing (Nov 2003)
Annual Meeting, Illinois Athletic Trainer’s Association

Biomechanics and Pathokinesiology (2003)
Resident’s Lecture Series, 10 weeks: Spine, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hip, Knee & Foot/Ankle.
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Presenter, Spine and Sports Journal Club (Weekly, Jul 2003 – Jun 2004)
CSSOR/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Core Strengthening for Athletes (Mar 2003)
1st Annual MIT Athletics Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Update on Low Back Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment (Apr 2002)
Physician’s Quarterly Meeting, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA

Invited Consensus Member, 1996 Third Paralympic Congress (Aug 1996)
Forging A New Disability Paradigm -Defining a Human Rights Agenda Inclusive of People with Disabilities: A World Congress on Disability. Atlanta, GA

Publications

Tim Ferriss, Feature article on Wolfer L. Reversing Injuries. In, The 4-Hour Body:An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. Crown Pub, 2010

Derby R, Wolfer L. Targeting Pain Generators. Herkowitz et al, the 6th edition of Rothman-Simeone:The Spine. In press

Derby R. Wolfer L. Summers J. Does Discography cause accelerated progression of degeneration in the lumbar spine SpineLine. 2010 Mar/April:26-30.

Derby R, Wolfer L, Lee JE, Landers M, Kim BJ, Lee SH. Chap.7 Discography, Advanced Concepts In Lumbar Degenerative Dsk Disease, ed. J.L.Pinheiro-Franco, A.R.Vaccaro, E.C.Benzel, H. Mayer Dilivros, Brazil, 2010, p.81-108

Manchikanti L, Glaser SE, Wolfer L, Derby R, Cohen SP. Systematic Review of Lumbar Discography as a Diagnostic Test for Chronic Low Back Pain Pain Physician. 2009 May-Jun;12(3):541-59.

Depalma MJ, Lee JE, Peterson L, Wolfer L, Ketcum J, Derby R. Are outer annular fissures stimulated during diskography the source of diskogenic low-back pain? An analysis of analgesic diskography data. Pain Med. 2009 Apr;10(3):488-94.

Derby R, Lee JE, Lee SH, Wolfer L. Analgesic Discography: Comparison of addition of local anesthetic to routine lumbar provocation discography.International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS). 2008 (Abstract submitted).

Wolfer L, Derby R, Chen Y. The painful, degenerated intervertebral lumbar disc: Update on basic science research. International Spine Intervention Society Newsletter, 2008, vol 6(1):9-18.

Derby R and Wolfer L. Betamethasone: friend (soluble), foe (particulate) or neither.Letter to the Editor. Pain Medicine. 2008 (In Press).

Derby R, Baker R, Wolfer L and Depalma M. Analgesic Discography: Can analgesic testing identify a painful disc?SpineLine. North American Spine Society. 2008 Nov/Dec:17-24.

Wolfer LR, Derby R, Lee JE and Lee SH. Systematic review of lumbar provocation discography in asymptomatic subjects with a meta-analysis of false-positive rates.Pain Physician 2008. Jul-Aug; 11(4):513-38.

Wolfer L, Derby R, Chen Y. The painful degenerated disc: Update on basic science. International Spine Intervention Society Newsletter, 2008, vol 6(1):9-18.

Kang, CH, Lee SH, Derby R, Wolfer L et al. Can the MRI accurately predict concordant pain provocation during provocative disc injection? International Spine Intervention Society Newsletter, 2008, vol 6(1):19-28.

Karli D and Wolfer L. General Spine Fitness. In: Lennard T, ed. The Spine and Sports, Elsevier, 2005.

Wolfer L. Creating opportunities for community service. In: Mentations, Harvard Medical School Alumni Magazine, Office of Diversity and Community Partnership, 2004.

Wolfer L. and Ivy C. Educating Physiatry Residents on Disability History, Legislation, Universal Access and Advocacy: A Pilot Study. Poster Presentation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, Annual Meeting 2004.

Wolfer L. Hand and wrist ganglia. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine: Study Guide, 2003.

Wolfer L. Kienbock’s disease. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine: Study Guide, 2003.

Community Service

Volunteer, Weekly Healthy Dancer’s Clinic, Oberlin Dance Company (ODC) (2006 – Present)
San Francisco, CA

Volunteer, Race Medical Staff, SF Marathon (July 29th, 2007)
San Francisco, CA

Race Medical Staff, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Jul 2003 – Jun 2004)
Chicago Marathon, Chicago Half-Marathon, Chicago 10K and Chase Challenge 10K

Charity Participant, Master’s Women’s Single Scull (Oct 2003)
2003 Head of the Charles Regatta. Raised funds for AccesSportAmerica, a high-challenge sports program for people with disabilities

Charity Participant, Master’s Women Single Scull, 2002 Head of the Charles Regatta (Oct 2002)
Leading individual fundraiser for Community Rowing Inc’s Adaptive Recreation Program. *Sole medical resident recipient of Harvard Medical School’s Outstanding Community Service Award for this event.

Women’s Health Medic and Health Educator (Feb 1989 – Nov 1989)
Berkeley Free Clinic, Berkeley, CA. Provided primary gynecological care to low-income and homeless women, counseled clients on AIDS prevention, STDs and contraception.

CPR/First Aid Instructor (May 1988 – Sept 1989)
American Red Cross, Berkeley, CA. Taught CPR/1st Aid for UC Berkeley Outdoor Adventures.

Project Co-Coordinator and Teacher, Cornucopia Program (Aug 1986 – May 1987)
Cornucopia: UC Berkeley Community Nutrition Project. Trained UCB undergraduates to teach basic nutrition, biology, and health sciences in Berkeley elementary schools.

Committee Appointments

Standards Committee, International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS) (4/07 – Present)

Vice Chair, Osteoporosis Special Interest Group (Sep 2004 – Nov 2006)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Secretary, Osteoporosis Special Interest Group (Sep 2003 – Nov 2004)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physician Representative, Adaptive Sports and Recreation Steering Committee (May 2002 – May 2003)
Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA

Resident Representative, American College of Graduate Medical Education (May 2002 – Jun 2003)
Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA

Chairperson and Founder, Curriculum Committee (Dec 2000 – Jun 2003)
Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA

Secretary, Resident’s Physician Council (Nov 2000 – Nov 2001)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Resident Physician Council

Class representative, Curriculum Committee (Jun 1994 – May 1995)
UC Berkeley – UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program, Berkeley, CA

Professional Society Membership

  • International Spine Intervention Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • United States Rowing Association
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation