Dr. Clifford Baker and Dr. David Tom established NovaSpine Pain Institute to provide a center of excellence for spine, arthritis care and chronic pain management. The practice focuses on compassionate, comprehensive care that is specific to each patient’s unique condition.  

Dr. Baker specializes in interventional spine and pain management and utilizes the most advanced techniques in interventional spine treatments and injections, including Radiofrequency Ablation, Spinal Cord Stimulators, and Kyphoplasties.  

After receiving his undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Arizona, Dr. Baker continued to do research in microbiology at the University of Arizona and was awarded a NASA Space grant to study the effects of microgravity on the immune system.  He then received his Medical Degree at the University of Arizona in 2010 and went on to Loma Linda University Medical Center for his Internship and Residency in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  During his internship in Internal Medicine, he was honored with the “Internal Medicine Resident of the Year Award” for his compassionate care and work ethic.  He also served as Chief Resident during his residency and served on several committees to improve the residency program and education training for future residents.  Subsequently, he completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Interventional Spine & Pain Management which involves extensive training in all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders and painful conditions.  

The distinction of being an ACGME Board-Certified Pain Management physician is important for patients to understand.  There are many practicing physicians in pain management who are not Board-Certified and thus have not gone through the necessary training and rigorous standards for testing that are required by the ACGME Board.  Our physicians at the NovaSpine Pain Institute are all ACGME-Board Certified in good standing.  

Dr. Baker is actively engaged in the community, having served at the Commitment to Underserved People Program (CUP), providing health care services to underserved communities. He devoted his time, expertise, and support to patients and their families suffering from Alzheimer's disease at the Alzheimer's Association of Tucson.  Dr. Baker is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM & R), American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), and International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS). 


Areas of Specialty 
Interventional Spine & Pain Management  

Interventional Pain Management Fellowship 
Loma Linda University Medical Center 
Loma Linda, AZ 
Lime Linda University Medical Center 
Loma Linda, CA 
Doctor of Medicine 
University of Arizona College of Medicine 
Tucson, AZ 
Bachelors of Science, Microbiology 
University of Arizona 
Tucson, AZ 
Honors & Awards 
Chief Resident, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2008 

Internal Medicine Resident of the Year Award
Loma Linda University Medical Center, 2006 

Clara & Oliver Springer Scholarship, 2003 & 2004 

Recipient of NASA Undergraduate Research Space Grant, 1998 


Arizona Sports Medicine Society Lecture Program, Spinal Cord Stimulators- Evidence and Indications, Rio Vista Recreation Center, February 2012. 

NASA Undergraduate Space Grant National Conference, Analyzing the Effects of Microgravity on the Development of the Immune System, 1999.



Not all fellowship training programs and "board certifications" are equal.  The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the responsible for setting and maintaining the standard of medical training in the United States.

It is often difficult to differentiate between "pain doctors" as many list that they are board certified and may or may not have completed an ACGME recognized fellowship training program.

Consider checking to see if your pain doctor is board certified by the ACGME in Pain Medicine to ensure that you are receiving care from a doctor who has trained at the highest level available in the United States.

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) in Pain Medicine OR by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Pain Medicine

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ABPMR Doctor Search (Select Pain Medicine)

  • Fellowship trained at an ACGME accredited program


List of ACGME Accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship Programs