John A. Villanueva, MD, FAAPMR

Pain Management located in Burbank, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

John Villanueva, MD, FAAPMR, is an exceptional physician practicing in Burbank of Southern California, and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Villanueva is a part of an elite group of physicians serving the greater Los Angeles area who is double board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in both his primary specialty and the subspecialty of pain medicine. Dr. Villanueva is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and is recognized by his fellow physicians and surgeons as a trusted expert in interventional pain management and as an outstanding physician.

In addition to his standing as a leading practitioner in his field, Dr. Villanueva is also a renowned media personality, as host and producer of “Happy Health Radio,” a featured guest on HGTV and CBS, and as an accomplished pianist and vocalist with more than 10,000 followers on YouTube. Dr. Villanueva has also attracted a number of celebrity clients to his practice, but this hasn’t changed his fundamental belief in providing the highest quality of care for every patient, no matter what their background.

An Ivy League-educated physician, Dr. Villanueva earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Cornell University in New York. He followed this by receiving his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, during which he received the William Knobloch Merit Scholarship and the David E. Rogers Research Fellowship from the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Villanueva completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and his fellowship in pain management at the Department of Anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Villanueva specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, a challenging field that requires considerable expertise in neuromusculoskeletal function and the subtleties of the pain experience. He believes that masking chronic pain does little to benefit patients long-term, and he makes every effort to discover the root causes of their condition so he can provide treatments that help heal as well as relieve his patients’ symptoms. Dr. Villanueva also makes use of the most advanced forms of technology and the latest scientific evidence to ensure his patients receive an unrivaled standard of treatment.

Not content with being just an extraordinary physician, Dr. Villanueva volunteers in social justice advocacy groups, contributes his medical expertise to free clinics and medical missions, and volunteers with the Cornell Alumni Club of Los Angeles, which encourages underprivileged young people to pursue higher education and take up professional careers. Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Villanueva does find time to keep himself fit and healthy, enjoying outdoor pursuits in the beautiful surroundings of Southern California.

Education & Training

Dr. John Villanueva, M.D., FAAPMR, is part of an elite group of physicians serving the Greater Los Angeles area who are double boarded and certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in BOTH his primary specialty and the subspecialty of Pain Medicine.


Voted TOP DOCTOR – Los Angeles Magazine & Pasadena

Magazine 2018. Super Doctors “Rising Stars” – Los Angeles Times 2019


Pain Management, Dept. Anesthesiology, Thomas Jefferson

University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) – ACGME accredited


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University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneaoplis, MN)


CORNELL University, Dept of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Arts & Sciences (Ithaca, NY)