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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Dr. Peter Barelka, Pain Management Physician

Peter Barelka, MD Peter Barelka, MD, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with majors in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Russian Language, and a minor in Chemistry. He attended Georgetown University Medical School, following which he completed the Georgetown Transitional Medical Internship. He attended Stanford University for residency in Anesthesiology remaining there for Pain Medicine Fellowship.

Additionally, he served as a Sergeant in both the active duty US Army and reserve forces with deployments to Haiti and Europe. He joined the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in 2008. He works both as a Clinical Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine Physician. He has interests in CRPS / Neuropathic Pain, etiologies of Chronic Low Back Pain, and ultrasound guided chronic pain procedures. He is co-chair of the VAPAHCS Pain Committee.

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