Matthew J. Bair

Matthew J. Bair, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine


Dr. Bair is a Core Investigator for the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, an attending physician in the Inpatient Medicine Service at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, and Regenstrief Research Scientist. Dr. Bair’s research is focused on affective disorders (e.g. depression and anxiety), chronic pain, and developing strategies to improve pain management in the primary care setting. His long-term goal is to develop and test pain management therapies that combine pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments.

Dr. Bair currently serves as editorial board member for the journals Pain Medicine and Pain Practice and deputy editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine. 

He has conducted a randomized controlled trial to compare a combination of pain treatments, including algorithm-based analgesics, pain self-management, and cognitive behavioral therapy, versus usual care. This was the first of many interventions for chronic pain treatment of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans.

Dr. Bair teaches implementation research methods and evidence-based medicine to medical residents, fellows, and IUPUI junior faculty.  In 2013, Indiana University medical students selected him as “Outstanding Educator” and in 2014, he received an Indiana University Teaching Award for his instruction in the Student Outpatient Clinic.


affective disorders in chronic pain  |  implementation research  |  medical education


(317) 988-2058 

General Internal Medicine
VA Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center 1481 W 10th Street, 11H
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Titles & Appointments

  • Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
  • Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center