David J. Kohns, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
*Spine Interventionalist*


Recognizing that we all have something to contribute to society, I am dedicated to helping individuals with painful conditions discover their own success. While being in pain can present with difficult challenges, it can also offer unique opportunities. Through a host of coping strategies, corrective exercises, medications, interventional procedures, and the use of a multidisciplinary team approach I seek to guide individuals to better manage their lives. I am board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Management.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan Spine Program, I completed both an ACGME accredited Interventional Pain Fellowship and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at the University of Michigan. My medical school training was in Iowa at Des Moines University where I received specialized training in osteopathic manual medicine. Previously, I worked as a physical therapist where I gained hands-on experiences assisting patients with various conditions from neurorehabilitation to professional athletic enhancement. I have received additional training on the integration of mind body influences on various painful conditions. My research interests are in centralized (widespread) pain and health system approaches to the management of patients with chronic pain.

Areas of Practice

  • Back
  • Neck
  • Spine musculoskeletal
  • Lumbar degenerative disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica sacroiliac pain
  • Fibromyalgia/centralized pain


Medical School or Training

Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center, 2010


University of Michigan, Physical Med & Rehab, 2014


University of Michigan, Pain Anesthesia, 2015

Board Certifications

Pain Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehab