Dr. Helm has been practicing interventional pain management since 1982. Dr. Helm is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine and of the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Helm is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP), the only certifying agency which tests the ability to perform interventional pain procedures. Dr. Helm is also an examiner for FIPP.
Dr. Helm is honored to be president of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and to be Vice President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Dr. Helm is the Interventional Pain Management representative on the Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare in California.
Dr. Helm has published extensively on interventional pain management issues, has lectured internationally and taught pain management procedures.
Dr. Helm has been active in the effort, both on a State and a National basis, to ensure that patients have access to those pain procedures which have been proven effective and to medication. Dr. Helm has had the honor of working with FBI and DEA agents to assist them in discriminating between practitioners who are prescribing medications for a legitimate medical purpose and those who supplying medications used for abuse or diversion.
Dr. Helm graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Helm did an internship in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and a residency in Anesthesiology at UCLA.Dr. Helm is also is the Medical Director of the Pacific Coast Pain Management Center (www.pcpmc.com) in Orange County, California.