Michael Erdek, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Pain Medicine and Pain Research; Program Director of Pain Fellowship

Dr. Michael Erdek has been on faculty in the Pain Division at Johns Hopkins Hospital since 2002. He is currently an Associate Professor and holds joint appointments in the Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine and the Department of Oncology. He sees patients at both the Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center and the Kimmel Cancer Center Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic.

Dr. Erdek treats patients with many types of chronic pain, including cancer pain, failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and neuropathic pain disorders. He also sees patients with difficult-to-treat spasticity from conditions such as multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. Treatment options available to patients include medication, spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, intraspinal drug infusion, and nerve blocks, among others. Teaching patients about their pain and pain management is also an important aspect of Dr. Erdek’s treatment plan.

Dr. Erdek has a particular interest in the treatment of cancer pain. He speaks globally and publishes widely on this subject, as well as on neuromodulation, a form of treatment in which devices such as nerve stimulators and intraspinal drug infusion pumps are used to manage advanced pain conditions.

Another area of interest for Dr. Erdek is bioethics. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in bioethics. He plans to use this training to integrate cancer care and end-of-life care. With this degree, he intends to pursue a joint appointment on the Berman Institute faculty and work across disciplines to teach and speak about quality-of-care and end-of-life issues.

Education: Dr. Erdek attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to pursue residency training in both General Surgery (Geisinger Medical Center, 1995) and Anesthesiology (University of Florida, 1998) and fellowships in Pain Medicine and Critical Care Medicine (both at Johns Hopkins, 1998–2000).