Robert Bonakdar MD, FACN, FAAFP
Dr. Robert Bonakdar MD, FACN, FAAFP is the Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and is a member of the Scripps Green Hospital Pain Management Task Force as well as the systemwide Opioid Stewardship Commiitee. He is the co-editor of the Oxford University Press textbook of Integrative Pain Management. Prior to medical school, Dr. Bonakdar received a Richter International Fellowship where he studied Eastern mind-body practices in Southeast Asia. After completing his medical training, he completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at Scripps Clinic with a focus on integrative pain management. He has a strong interest in nutrition and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, co-director of the Scripps Natural Supplements Conference – now in its 16th year and author of the HERBAL Guide: Dietary Supplement Resources for the Clinician. He cofounded the nutritional pain management certification course which attempts to train clinicians to increasingly utilize dietary intervention as a legitimate pain management tool and written on Obesity Related Pain which attempts to broaden understanding of how metabolic and nutritional factors can promote pain. In 2018, Dr. Bonakdar was invited to present to the congressionally mandated Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force as well as at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at their workshop on non-pharmacological approaches to pain.