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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. 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).



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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Anesthesiology

Professional Certifications and Education


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
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]
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]
Hasan-Ali H Abd El-Mottaleb NA Hamed HB Abd-Elsayed A . Serum adiponectin and leptin as predictors of the presence and degree of coronary atherosclerosis. Coron Artery Dis. 2011 Jun;22(4):264-9
[PubMed ID: 21383620]
Hasan-Ali H Maghraby MH Fouad AA Abd-Elsayed A . Corrected QT dispersion improves diagnostic performance of exercise testing in diagnosing coronary artery disease. East Mediterr Health J. 2010 Jan;16(1):75-81
[PubMed ID: 20214162]
Metwalley KA Farghalley HS Abd-Elsayed AA . Congenital hydrocephalus in an Egyptian baby with trisomy 18: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2009 Nov 9;3:114
[PubMed ID: 19946592]
Ahmed SH Daef EA Badary MS Mahmoud MA Abd-Elsayed AA . Nosocomial blood stream infection in intensive care units at Assiut University Hospitals (Upper Egypt) with special reference to extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing organisms. BMC Res Notes. 2009 May 6;2:76
[PubMed ID: 19419535]
Shalaby MM Abdalla MA Aboul-Ella HA El-Haggagy AM Abd-Elsayed AA . Single puncture percutaneous nephrolithomy for management of complex renal stones. BMC Res Notes. 2009 Apr 20;2:62
[PubMed ID: 19379503]
Maximous DW Abdel-Wanis ME El-Sayed MI Abd-Elsayed AA . Preoperative gemcitabine based chemo-radiotherapy in locally advanced non metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Int Arch Med. 2009 Mar 27;2(1):7
[PubMed ID: 19327152]
Saleh Y El-Oteify M Abd-El-Salam AE Tohamy A Abd-Elsayed AA . Safety and benefits of large-volume liposuction: a single center experience. Int Arch Med. 2009 Feb 2;2(1):4
[PubMed ID: 19187536]
Wasfi E Kendrick B Yasen T Varma P Abd-Elsayed AA . Penetrating eyelid injury: a case report and review of literature. Head Face Med. 2009 Jan 14;5:2
[PubMed ID: 19144194]
Abass K Saad H Abd-Elsayed AA . The first case of isolated facial cutanenous leishmaniasis in a Down syndrome infant: a case report and review of the literature. Cases J. 2009 Jan 6;2(1):13
[PubMed ID: 19126205]
Wasfy IA Wasfy EIa Aly TA Abd-Elsayed AA . Ophthalmic medicolegal cases in Upper Egypt. Int Arch Med. 2009 Jan 2;2(1):1
[PubMed ID: 19121208]
Hasan-Ali H Maghraby MH Mosad E Abd-Elsayed AA . Pattern and possible contributing factors to dialysis-associated arrhythmia in young patients. East Mediterr Health J. 2009 Sep-Oct;15(5):1313-22
[PubMed ID: 20214147]
Nashed SG Rageh TA Attallah-Wasif ES Abd-Elsayed AA . Intraneural injection of corticosteroids to treat nerve damage in leprosy: a case report and review of literature. J Med Case Rep. 2008 Dec 9;2:381
[PubMed ID: 19068123]
Wasfi EI Pai P Abd-Elsayed AA . Patient satisfaction with cataract surgery. Int Arch Med. 2008 Oct 25;1(1):22
[PubMed ID: 18950523]