Dr. Eellan Sivanesan is Director of Neuromodulation and faculty of the Johns Hopkins University-School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He treats patients with chronic back, joint, abdominal, pelvic, headache, facial, neuropathic, cancer, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-amputation, and other pain conditions at the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. He performs fluoroscopically and ultrasound-guided interventions such as injections of peripheral nerves, spine, muscles, joints, thermal radiofrequency ablation, pulsed radiofrequency ablation, and various chemodenervation procedures.

Dr. Sivanesan is an expert in advanced neuromodulation and minimally invasive spine techniques, which he uses to treat a range of chronic pain conditions. He is a regularly invited national and international speaker on these topics. He is specialized in all modalities of spinal cord stimulation including the latest waveforms and technologies. He is also an expert in Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, craniofacial stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery. He has introduced numerous new pain treatment modalities to The Johns Hopkins Health System, including minimally invasive lumbar decompression, indirect decompression device/interspinous spacers, temporary peripheral nerve stimulation, ‘wireless’ spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, restorative neurostimulation, and multiple other neuromodulation and minimally invasive spine advancements.

Dr. Sivanesan serves on the editorial boards of Regional Anesthesia and Pain MedicinePain Medicine (Section-Neuromodulation and Minimally Invasive Spine), Frontiers of Pain Research, and Neuromodulation. He is also an Ad-Hoc reviewer for Nature Communications, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Neuromodulation, Physical Therapy, Pain Practice, Pain Reports, Translational Neuroscience, European Journal of Pain, Bioelectronic Medicine, Cancer Reports, Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology and multiple other pain and neuromodulation journals. He also serves on committees of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).

Dr. Sivanesan’s neuromodulation and cancer pain research is driven by his mission to discover new pain treatments to help his patients at the Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center and all patients suffering from pain across the globe. His lab is particularly interested in the use of targeted electrical stimulation (e.g., spinal cord stimulation) for painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and cancer-related pain.  His work has been published in the LancetAnesthesiologyNeuromodulationRegional Anesthesia and Pain MedicineJournal of Clinical AnesthesiaInfection Control & Hospital EpidemiologyJournal of Pain & Palliative Care PharmacotherapyPain ReportsPain MedicineAnesthesia and AnalgesiaNeuroscience BulletinMolecular Pain, and featured on the covers of Anesthesia & Analgesia and Neuromodulation.

Education: After graduating from The University of Oklahoma with a dual bachelors of science in Biochemistry and Zoology, Dr. Sivanesan stayed near his childhood home and completed medical school at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-College of Medicine. He then completed an anesthesiology residency (clinical scientist track) and pain medicine fellowship at The University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine. After this clinical training, Dr. Sivanesan completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral research fellowship for clinician scientists. Dr. Sivanesan has received research awards from The National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), The Thompson Family Foundation, and The Foundation of Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER).


Funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Dr. Sivanesan’s neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins aligns with his clinical practice as he investigates the effects of spinal cord stimulation. His lab is particularly interested in the use of neuromodulation for cancer pain and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Work in the Sivanesan Neuromodulation Laboratory (SNL) focuses on developing electrical stimulation therapies for treating neuropathic pain conditions and discovering novel applications for patients suffering from painful conditions.

Lab Website: Sivanesan Neuromodulation Laboratory (SNL)

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The Johns Hopkins Pain Clinic
Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center
Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
601 North Caroline Street, Suite 3062
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-7246
Fax: 410-367-2047

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