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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

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


University Hospital
(608) 263-8100 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
Madison Surgery Center
(608) 287-2200 | (888) 703-2778 | Map
Pain Management Clinic
(608) 263-9550 | | Map
Madison Surgery Center
(608) 287-2990 | | Map
UW Health Specialty Clinic - Sauk Prairie
(608) 643-6060 | | Map

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
Nadherny WC Anderson B Abd-Elsayed A Periprocedural Considerations for Patients with Gastric Electrical Stimulators. Neuromodulation . 2019 Jul 29;
[PubMed ID: 31353795]
Abd-Elsayed A Pocket Fill During Intrathecal Pump Refill: Is it a Frequent Occurrence? Neuromodulation . 2019 Jul 29;
[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]
Abd-Elsayed A Fiala K Care Disparities in Chronic Pain. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2019 May 1;23(6):36
[PubMed ID: 31044317]
Abd-Elsayed A Fiala K How Much Anesthesia Research Has Academia in the United States Contributed in the Past 50 Years? Ochsner J . 2019 Spring;19(1):5-6
[PubMed ID: 30983894]
Abd-Elsayed A Nguyen S Fiala K Radiofrequency Ablation for Treating Headache. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2019 Mar 4;23(3):18
[PubMed ID: 30830462]
Abd-Elsayed A Fiala K Nguyen S VanderWood J Safety and Efficacy of Radiofrequency Ablation of the Medial Branch Nerves with Preexisting Spinal Hardware. A Case Series and Review of Literature. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2019 Feb 21;23(2):11
[PubMed ID: 30790068]
Orhurhu V Urits I Orman S Viswanath O Abd-Elsayed A A Systematic Review of Radiofrequency Treatment of the Ankle for the Management of Chronic Foot and Ankle Pain. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2019 Jan 19;23(1):4
[PubMed ID: 30661127]
Abd-Elsayed A Fiala K The Status of Pain Research in Academia and how We Are Doing in the United States. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2019 Jan 19;23(1):5
[PubMed ID: 30661120]
Abd-Elsayed A Jackson M Gu SL Fiala K Gu J Neuropathic pain and Kv7 voltage-gated potassium channels: The potential role of Kv7 activators in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Mol Pain . 2019 Jan-Dec;15:1744806919864256
[PubMed ID: 31342847]
Abdelmalak BB Abd-Elsayed AA Dalton JE Abdelmalak JB Lawrence JP Doyle DJ Schreiber MJ Sear JW The association between preinduction arterial blood pressure and postoperative cardiovascular, renal, and neurologic morbidity, and in-hospital mortality in elective noncardiac surgery: an observational study. J Hypertens . 2018 Nov;36(11):2251-2259
[PubMed ID: 30044311]
Nadherny W Anderson B Abd-Elsayed A Perioperative and Periprocedural Care of Patients With Intrathecal Pump Therapy. Neuromodulation . 2018 Oct 31;
[PubMed ID: 30378724]
Hoffman LM Abd-Elsayed A Burroughs TJ Sachdeva H Treatment of Occipital Neuralgia by Thermal Radiofrequency Ablation. Ochsner J . 2018 Fall;18(3):209-214
[PubMed ID: 30275783]
Abd-Elsayed A Albert CA Fischer M Anderson B Naloxone Academic Detailing: Role of Community Outreach Teaching. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2018 Aug 27;22(11):72
[PubMed ID: 30151695]
Trawicki MC Zuegge KL Volz LM Abd-Elsayed AA An Intervention to Improve Medical Student Perception of Observation and Feedback During an Anesthesiology Clerkship. Ochsner J . 2018 Summer;18(2):159-163
[PubMed ID: 30258298]
Duncan AE Sessler DI Sato H Sato T Nakazawa K Carvalho G Hatzakorzian R Codere-Maruyama T Abd-Elsayed A Bose S Said T Mendoza-Cuartas M Chowdary H Mascha EJ Yang D Gillinov AM Schricker T Hyperinsulinemic Normoglycemia during Cardiac Surgery Reduces a Composite of 30-day Mortality and Serious In-hospital Complications: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Anesthesiology . 2018 Jun;128(6):1125-1139
[PubMed ID: 29537981]
Zhao L Kaye AD Kaye AJ Abd-Elsayed A Stem Cell Therapy for Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head: Current Trends and Comprehensive Review. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2018 May 3;22(6):41
[PubMed ID: 29725783]
Zhao L Kaye AD Abd-Elsayed A Stem Cells for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Comprehensive Review. Pain Physician . 2018 May;21(3):229-242
[PubMed ID: 29871367]
Abd-Elsayed A Lee S Jackson M Radiofrequency Ablation for Treating Resistant Intercostal Neuralgia. Ochsner J . 2018 Spring;18(1):91-93
[PubMed ID: 29559878]