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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed joined the faculty of the Anesthesiology Department at the University of Wisconsin in 2014 to provide Chronic Pain Medicine Services as part of the Interventional Pain Program. He received his medical training at Assiut University Medical School in Egypt, completed a master’s degree in Public Health, research fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, and residency in anesthesiology and pain management fellowship at University of Cincinnati. As part of the Interventional Pain Program, Dr. Abd-Elsayed evaluates patients at the Pain Clinic, and when an interventional pain treatment is appropriate, performs procedures at the Madison Surgery Center.


In addition to his work as a pain specialist, Dr. Abd-Elsayed is an active clinical investigator. Current studies include the use of opioids, genetic variations leading to different individual response to opioids, and the use of neuromodulation and peripheral nerve stimulators for the management of neuropathic pain. He also has research interests in fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and headaches, and is leading a study called "CREATE" to help CRPS patients. Over the course of his career, he has received numerous research grants, published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and authored several editorials and book chapters. He has presented at more than 60 international and national conferences and has earned more than 15 awards at the state and national levels. In addition, he has served as a reviewer for more than 20 journals and as an editor to several journals.


"Dr. Al," as he likes to be called, is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA). He was named among the Leading Physicians of the World and America's Best Physicians in 2016.



Pain Management

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Anesthesiology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Anesthesiology

Pain Medicine, University of Cincinnati Hospitals, Cincinnati, OH

Clinical Research, Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Residency University of Cincinnati Hospitals, Cincinnati, OH
Internship Assiut University Hospitals, Assuit State, Egypt
University of Cincinnati Hospitals, Cincinnati, OH
Medical School Assiut University, Assiut State, Egypt, 2000

Languages Spoken

English, Arabic
Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Blood Patch
  • Botox® Muscle Injection
  • Bursa Injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks
  • Cranial Nerve Blocks
  • Facet Joint Injections/Median Branch Blocks
  • Intercostal Nerve Blocks
  • Intrathecal Pump Trial and Implant
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Blocks
  • Pars Fracture Injections
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Sacral Lateral Branch Blocks
  • Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial and Implant
  • Sympathetic Ganglia Blocks (Stellate, Celiac, Hypogastric, Lumbar, Ganglion impar)
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Trigeminal Nerve Blocks
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Joint Steroid Injection
  • Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Ultrasound-Guided TAP Blocks
PubMed Articles
Furstein J Abd-Elsayed A Sadhasivam S . TAP block following colostomy closure in pediatric patients: Are we really changing the outcome? J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Feb 8;
[PubMed ID: 28209415]
Abd-Elsayed A Mascha EJ Yang D Sessler DI Duncan A . Hyperinsulinemic normoglycemia decreases glucose variability during cardiac surgery. J Anesth. 2016 Dec 21;
[PubMed ID: 28004200]
Abd-Elsayed A Grandhi R Sachdeva H . Lack of electrical interference between spinal cord stimulators and other implanted electrical pulse devices. J Clin Anesth. 2016 Dec;35:475-478
[PubMed ID: 27871577]
Lee S Abd-Elsayed A . Some Non-FDA Approved Uses for Neuromodulation in Treating Autonomic Nervous System Disorders: A Discussion of the Preliminary Support. Neuromodulation. 2016 Dec;19(8):791-803
[PubMed ID: 27339825]
Anderson B Abd-Elsayed A . Pain as the main presenting symptom in a patient with Elizabethkingia infection. J Clin Anesth. 2016 Nov;34:302
[PubMed ID: 27687396]
Elsharkawy H Abd-Elsayed A El-Hadi S Provencio J Tetzlaff J . Fluctuating Electrocardiographic Changes Predict Poor Outcomes After Acute Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Ochsner J. 2016 Fall;16(3):225-9
[PubMed ID: 27660569]
Lee S Abd-Elsayed A . Some Non-FDA Approved Uses for Neuromodulation: A Review of the Evidence. Pain Pract. 2016 Sep;16(7):935-47
[PubMed ID: 26603822]
Grandhi RK Lee S Abd-Elsayed A . Does Opioid Use Cause Angiogenesis and Metastasis? Pain Med. 2016 Jun 26;
[PubMed ID: 27346886]
Abd-Elsayed A . Lead through needle technique for placing spinal cord stimulator leads: a novel alternative to the loss of resistance technique. J Clin Anesth. 2016 May;30:8
[PubMed ID: 27041255]
Anderson B Abd-Elsayed A . Is a negative urine drug screen truly negative? J Clin Anesth. 2016 May;30:1
[PubMed ID: 27041251]
Anderson B Abd-Elsayed A . Muscular edema presenting as severe neuropathy/CRPS. J Clin Anesth. 2016 Feb;28:92
[PubMed ID: 26462625]
Abd-Elsayed A Schiavoni N Sachdeva H . Efficacy of spinal cord stimulators in treating peripheral neuropathy: a case series. J Clin Anesth. 2016 Feb;28:74-7
[PubMed ID: 26395919]
Abd-Elsayed A Elsharkawy H Sakr W . A severe interaction between Tizanidine and Ciprofloxacin. J Clin Anesth. 2015 Dec;27(8):698
[PubMed ID: 26138629]
Abd-Elsayed AA Ikeda R Jia Z Ling J Zuo X Li M Gu JG . KCNQ channels in nociceptive cold-sensing trigeminal ganglion neurons as therapeutic targets for treating orofacial cold hyperalgesia. Mol Pain. 2015 Jul 31;11:45
[PubMed ID: 26227020]
Abd-Elsayed AA Grandhi R Sachdeva H . Effective Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia by Neurostimulation. Ochsner J. 2015 Summer;15(2):193-5
[PubMed ID: 26130986]
Abd-Elsayed AA Guirguis M DeWood MS Zaky SS . A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Epidural Clonidine vs Bupivacaine for Pain Control During and After Lower Abdominal Surgery. Ochsner J. 2015 Summer;15(2):133-42
[PubMed ID: 26130975]
Elsharkawy H Salmasi V Abd-Elsayed A Turan A . Identification of location of nerve catheters using pumping maneuver and M-Mode-a novel technique. J Clin Anesth. 2015 Jun;27(4):325-30
[PubMed ID: 25837495]
Elsharkawy H Abd-Elsayed AA Karroum R . Management challenges in the passing-through technique using a fogarty catheter to remove an endobronchial foreign body from an infant. Ochsner J. 2015 Spring;15(1):110-3
[PubMed ID: 25829892]
Kashy BK Abd-Elsayed AA Farag E Yared M Vakili R Esa WA . Amputation as an Unusual Treatment for Therapy-Resistant Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Type 1. Ochsner J. 2015 Winter;15(4):441-2
[PubMed ID: 26730230]
Abd-Elsayed AA Wehby AS Farag E . Anesthetic management of patients with intracranial aneurysms. Ochsner J. 2014 Fall;14(3):418-25
[PubMed ID: 25249809]