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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

Blood Patch

Botox ® Muscle Injection

Bursa Injections

Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections

Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation

Cranial Nerve Blocks

Facet Joint Injections/Medial Branch Blocks

Intercostal Nerve Blocks

Intrathecal Pump Trial and Implant


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

Spine Injections

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


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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Anesthesiology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Anesthesiology
Pain Medicine

Pain Medicine, University of Cincinnati Hospitals, Cincinnati, OH

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

Languages Spoken

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.
PubMed Articles
Abd-Elsayed A Falls C Luo S Radiofrequency Ablation for Treating Headache: a Follow-up Study. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2020 Mar 12;24(4):15
[PubMed ID: 32166480]
Capuco A Urits I Hasoon J Chun R Gerald B Wang JK Kassem H Ngo AL Abd-Elsayed A Simopoulos T Kaye AD Viswanath O Current Perspectives on Gut Microbiome Dysbiosis and Depression. Adv Ther . 2020 Mar 4;
[PubMed ID: 32130662]
Abd-Elsayed A Wireless Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Peripheral Neuralgias. Neuromodulation . 2020 Mar 3;
[PubMed ID: 32128933]
Manchikanti L Centeno CJ Atluri S Albers SL Shapiro S Malanga GA Abd-Elsayed A Jerome M Hirsch JA Kaye AD Aydin SM Beall D Buford D Borg-Stein J Buenaventura RM Cabaret JA Calodney AK Candido KD Cartier C Latchaw R Diwan S Dodson E Fausel Z Fredericson M Gharibo CG Gupta M Kaye AM Knezevic NN Kosanovic R Lucas M Manchikanti MV Mason RA Mautner K Murala S Navani A Pampati V Pastoriza S Pasupuleti R Philip C Sanapati MR Sand T Shah RV Soin A Stemper I Wargo BW Hernigou P Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) Therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders: Evidence-Based Policy Position Statement of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). Pain Physician . 2020 Mar;23(2):E85-E131
[PubMed ID: 32214287]
Urits I Smoots D Franscioni H Patel A Fackler N Wiley S Berger AA Kassem H Urman RD Manchikanti L Abd-Elsayed A Kaye AD Viswanath O Injection Techniques for Common Chronic Pain Conditions of the Foot: A Comprehensive Review. Pain Ther . 2020 Feb 27;
[PubMed ID: 32107725]
Urits I Smoots D Anantuni L Bandi P Bring K Berger AA Kassem H Ngo AL Abd-Elsayed A Manchikanti L Urman R Kaye A Viswanath O Injection Techniques for Common Chronic Pain Conditions of the Hand: A Comprehensive Review. Pain Ther . 2020 Feb 25;
[PubMed ID: 32100225]
Abd-Elsayed A Gyorfi MJ Ha SP Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation for Long-term Control of Refractory Meralgia Paresthetica. Pain Med . 2020 Feb 5;
[PubMed ID: 32022852]
Stearns LM Abd-Elsayed A Perruchoud C Spencer R Hammond K Stromberg K Weaver T Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems for Cancer Pain: An Analysis of a Prospective, Multicenter Product Surveillance Registry. Anesth Analg . 2020 Feb;130(2):289-297
[PubMed ID: 31567325]
Xing B Abd-Elsayed A The Effect of Preoperative Opioid Dosage on Postoperative Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Knee Surgery. Pain Physician . 2020 Jan;23(1):73-85
[PubMed ID: 32013281]
Abd-Elsayed A Fischer M Dimbert J Fiala KJ Prescription Drugs and the US Workforce: Results from a National Safety Council Survey. Pain Physician . 2020 Jan;23(1):1-6
[PubMed ID: 32013274]
Hughes MC Abd-Elsayed A Implantable Medical Devices: A New Frontier for Security. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth . 2019 Dec 5;
[PubMed ID: 31901466]
Abd-Elsayed A Pahapill N Successful Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Headaches With Occipital Nerve Stimulation: A Case Report. Neuromodulation . 2019 Nov 22;
[PubMed ID: 31755627]
Zhao L Manchikanti L Kaye AD Abd-Elsayed A Treatment of Discogenic Low Back Pain: Current Treatment Strategies and Future Options-a Literature Review. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2019 Nov 9;23(11):86
[PubMed ID: 31707499]
Karri J Navarro SM Duong A Tang T Abd-Elsayed A Exploration of Gender-Specific Authorship Disparities in the Pain Medicine Literature. Reg Anesth Pain Med . 2019 Nov 2;
[PubMed ID: 31678960]
Nadherny W Anderson B Abd-Elsayed A Perioperative and Periprocedural Care of Patients With Intrathecal Pump Therapy. Neuromodulation . 2019 Oct;22(7):775-780
[PubMed ID: 30378724]
Afifi AM Schwarze ML Stilp EK Orne J Smith JP Abd-Elsayed AA Anderson BM Salem A Macdonald CL Israel JS "Like a Normal Person Again": A Qualitative Analysis of the Impact of Headache Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg . 2019 Oct;144(4):956-964
[PubMed ID: 31568311]
Nadherny WC Anderson B Abd-Elsayed A Periprocedural Considerations for Patients with Gastric Electrical Stimulators. Neuromodulation . 2019 Aug;22(6):680-683
[PubMed ID: 31353795]
Abd-Elsayed A Pocket Fill During Intrathecal Pump Refill: Is it a Frequent Occurrence? Neuromodulation . 2019 Aug;22(6):761
[PubMed ID: 31353753]
Orhurhu V Akinola O Grandhi R Urits I Abd-Elsayed A Radiofrequency Ablation for Management of Shoulder Pain. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2019 Jul 10;23(8):56
[PubMed ID: 31292738]
Orhurhu V Urits I Grandhi R Abd-Elsayed A Systematic Review of Radiofrequency Ablation for Management of Knee Pain. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2019 Jul 8;23(8):55
[PubMed ID: 31286282]