Dr. Eellan Sivanesan is Director of Neuromodulation and faculty of the Johns Hopkins University-School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain 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 specialized in all modalities of spinal cord stimulation including the latest technologies such as High Frequency stimulation, Burst stimulation, and High-Density stimulation. 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, and multiple other neuromodulation and minimally invasive spine advancements.

Dr. Sivanesan serves on the editorial boards of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine (Section-Neuromodulation and Minimally Invasive Spine) and Frontiers of Pain Research. He is also an Ad-Hoc reviewer for Neuromodulation, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Neuromodulation, Physical Therapy, Anesthesia and Analgesia Case Reports, Pain Practice, Pain Reports, 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. 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 on the cover of Anesthesia and Analgesia.

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Lab Website: Sivanesan Neuromodulation Laboratory (SNL)

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)-T32 postdoctoral research fellowship for clinician scientists in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) at the Johns Hopkins University. 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).

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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

Appointment Information for Dr. Sivanesan: 410-955-PAIN (7246)

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