Dr. Mete Akin holds a position of Medical Director of Pain Services and Clinical Associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Sibley Memorial Hospital. He joined the Department in December of 2016. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and board eligible in Pain Medicine, and currently directs inpatient and outpatient pain medicine services primarily at Sibley.
Dr. Akin grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where he attended Carnegie Mellon University. After completing several years of post-graduate research in molecular biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, he went to medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Miami, FL, and obtained his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the Temple University branch of Allegheny Health Network and Uiversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) both in Pittsburgh, PA. He has authored several papers in the field of public health, and has presented dozens of research projects at Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine conferences domestic and international.
Dr. Akin currently provides inpatient and outpatient consultations, procedures and follow up care to patients suffering from many types of acute, chronic, and cancer related pain conditions. He has extensive experience in a variety of interventional pain procedures including epidural and peripheral nerve injections. dorsal column stimulators, discography, kyphoplasty, sympathetic and hypogastric ganglion blocks, radiofrequency ablation, genicular nerve ablation, as well as medication management. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, he often used physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and other adjuvants.
In addition to clinical duties, much of his time is spent in administration and improving hospital policies and procedures as it pertains to pain management. He currently serves as physician champion for the Physical Therapy CUSP committee. He also is chairman of the hospitals pain committee, which defines current hospital-wide pain assessment and intervention policies, aimed at improving the overall pain experience for inpatients. Dr. Akin is also establishing peri-operarive management strategies for patients who are scheduled to have surgery and are at high risk of difficult pain control due to pre-existing high opioid tolerances. Lastly, he is currently the only provider in the Johns Hopkins SOM division of Pain Medicine who manages Buprenorphine and Methadone assisted therapy and opioid use disorders via a multi-disciplinary approach.