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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 Gyorfi MJ Ha SP Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation for Long-term Control of Refractory Meralgia Paresthetica. Pain Med . 2020 Nov 7;21(7):1433-1436
[PubMed ID: 32022852]
Abd-Elsayed A Hughes M Narel E Loebertman MD The Efficacy of Radiofrequency Ablation for Pain Management in Patients with Pre-Existing Hardware at the Site of Ablation. Pain Ther . 2020 Oct 8;
[PubMed ID: 33034012]
Gupta M Abd-Elsayed A Knezevic NN Improving care of chronic pain patients with spinal cord stimulator therapy amidst the opioid epidemic. Neurol Sci . 2020 Oct;41(10):2703-2710
[PubMed ID: 32367326]
El-Naggar AO Reis CL Hatheway JA Schmidt TE Pico TC Sanapati MR Abd-Elsayed A Patel AS Calodney A Johanek L Tan Y McCammon S Using Lower Amplitudes to Maintain Effective High Dose Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy (SCS Dosing Pilot Study). Neuromodulation . 2020 Sep 18;
[PubMed ID: 32946181]
Strand NH Abd-Elsayed A Shumsky PM Freeman JA Kukulski ML Wie CS Epidural Blood Patch Procedure in Patients with Lymphoma or Leukemia: Is There a Risk of Cancer Seeding? Pain Med . 2020 Sep 11;
[PubMed ID: 32918480]
Gress K Charipova K An D Hasoon J Kaye AD Paladini A Varrassi G Viswanath O Abd-Elsayed A Urits I Treatment recommendations for chronic knee osteoarthritis. Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol . 2020 Sep;34(3):369-382
[PubMed ID: 33004154]
Karri J Orhurhu V Wahezi S Tang T Deer T Abd-Elsayed A Comparison of Spinal Cord Stimulation Waveforms for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Pain Physician . 2020 Sep;23(5):451-460
[PubMed ID: 32967388]
Wahezi S Yerra S Rivelis Y Sitapara K Gonzalez D Downie S Jain R Deer T Abd-Elsayed A Gulati A Sonographically Guided Percutaneous Sectioning of the Coracohumeral Ligament for the Treatment of Refractory Adhesive Capsulitis: Proof of Concept. Pain Med . 2020 Aug 31;
[PubMed ID: 32869096]
Karri J Singh M Orhurhu V Joshi M Abd-Elsayed A Pain Syndromes Secondary to Cluneal Nerve Entrapment. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2020 Aug 21;24(10):61
[PubMed ID: 32821979]
Tolba R Wickboldt AT Peairs A Mohamed HE Storey M Abd-Elsayed A Dorsal root ganglion stimulation for the treatment of severe intractable pain related to obturator nerve entrapment neuropathy: A case report. Clin Neurol Neurosurg . 2020 Aug 6;198:106138
[PubMed ID: 32823185]
Deer TR Sayed D Pope JE Chakravarthy KV Petersen E Moeschler SM Abd-Elsayed A Amirdelfan K Mekhail N ASPN COVID Workgroup. Emergence From the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Care of Chronic Pain: Guidance for the Interventionalist. Anesth Analg . 2020 Aug;131(2):387-394
[PubMed ID: 32452905]
Abd-Elsayed A Wireless Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Peripheral Neuralgias. Neuromodulation . 2020 Aug;23(6):827-830
[PubMed ID: 32128933]
Abd-Elsayed A Pahapill N Successful Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Headaches With Occipital Nerve Stimulation: A Case Report. Neuromodulation . 2020 Aug;23(6):881-882
[PubMed ID: 31755627]
Gharibo C Sharma A Soin A Shah S Diwan S Buenaventura R Nampiaparampil DE Aydin S Bakshi S Abdi S Jha SS Cordner H Kaye AD Abd-Elsayed A Candido KD Knezevic NN Atluri S Wargo BW Sanapati MR Datta S Hirsch JA Manchikanti L Rajput K Triaging Interventional Pain Procedures During COVID-19 or Related Elective Surgery Restrictions: Evidence-Informed Guidance from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). Pain Physician . 2020 Aug;23(4S):S183-204
[PubMed ID: 32942785]
Abd-Elsayed A Karri J Utility of Substandard Face Mask Options for Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Anesth Analg . 2020 Jul;131(1):4-6
[PubMed ID: 32243300]
Abd-Elsayed A Abdallah R Falowski S Chaiban G Burkey A Slavin K Guirguis M Raslan AM Development of an Educational Curriculum for Spinal Cord Stimulation. Neuromodulation . 2020 Jul;23(5):555-561
[PubMed ID: 32282109]
Abd-Elsayed A Luo S Falls C Transversus Abdominis Plane Block as a Treatment Modality for Chronic Abdominal Pain. Pain Physician . 2020 Jul;23(4):405-412
[PubMed ID: 32709175]
Hughes MC Abd-Elsayed A Implantable Medical Devices: A New Frontier for Security. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth . 2020 Jun;34(6):1703-1704
[PubMed ID: 31901466]
Manders L Abd-Elsayed A Mandatory Review of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Before Issuance of a Controlled Substance Results in Overall Reduction of Prescriptions Including Opioids and Benzodiazepines. Pain Physician . 2020 Jun;23(3):299-304
[PubMed ID: 32517396]
Urits I Smoots D Anantuni L Bandi P Bring K Berger AA Kassem H Ngo AL Abd-Elsayed A Manchikanti L Urman R Kaye AD Viswanath O Correction to: Injection Techniques for Common Chronic Pain Conditions of the Hand: A Comprehensive Review. Pain Ther . 2020 Jun;9(1):143-144
[PubMed ID: 32236888]