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Biography of Jim Gagné, MD

Education. I grew up in upstate New York. After graduating from high school, I moved to New York City to attend Columbia University, where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received other academic awards. I attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. I completed the first two years of postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, wrapping up my final residency year at Kaiser in Santa Clara, California. I've lived in Los Angeles since 1977.

Certification. I am certified by the boards of three specialties: the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the American Board of Pain Medicine.

Experience. After residency I joined the UCLA Pain Control Unit as Clinic Medical Director. In 1982, I began practicing internal medicine in Glendale at HCMG, Inc., a medical group that specialized in patients with HMO insurance. In 1988 I opened a private practice with my wife, Dr. Mary Hardy. In addition to practicing internal medicine, I was Medical Director of Glendale Adventist Drug and Alcohol Services. I left private practice in 1998 to become Physician In Charge of the Department of Addiction Medicine at Kaiser, followed by a position as Medical Director of the Care Center Rehabilitation & Pain Management program in Encino. For several years I practiced pain medicine one day a week in the Department of Rehabilitation at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. I taught medical students at the USC Keck School of Medicine from 2000-2008.

In June 2002, I joined the Verdugo Internal Medicine group in Glendale CA. I deeply enjoyed getting to know the hundreds of people I treated for over a decade. Unfortunately, internal medicine did not pencil out financially, and I closed my internal medicine practice in February 2014.

In 2005 and 2006 I was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Verdugo Hills Hospital.

I've been an expert reviewer for the Medical Board of California and have been an expert witness on a few occasions. My fifteen minutes of fame was testifying as an expert witness at the Anna Nicole Smith trial in August 2010.

Current practice. I see patients with chronic pain and problems with drugs or alcohol on Tuesdays in Glendale and Fridays in Pasadena.

I also see patients in addiction medicine settings such as the Canyon at Peace Park, a private recovery program in Malibu, and Harmony Place in Woodland Hills.

How do you pronounce my name? I have a French name, because my great-great-grandfather came from Canada in 1880. Say "Gone-YAY!" (rhymes with "Monet"). I kid people that the easiest way to remember my name is you're happy when I leave ("Yay! he's gone.").

Contact information. Call during business hours at (818) 790-4300, fax (818) 790-4301.


Last updated Sun, May 31, 2015

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