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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Rudin came to UW Health from Johns Hopkins in 2001.  He directed the UW Health Pain Management Clinic for 11 years.  An active clinician, teacher, author and researcher, he has served on national and statewide task forces developing guidelines for chronic pain management.  He has specialty interests in the management of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and other hypermobility disorders, chronic pain conditions in general, and electrodiagnostic testing.

Dr. Rudin has been recognized for his "understanding, compassion and appreciation of quality of life issues for patients," as well as for excellence in teaching, mentorship and clinical care.  He has served as president of the Medical Staff Board of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and as president of the Midwest Pain Society.  


Pain Management

Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine (Inpatient Hospitalist)

Botox (botulinum toxin) injections for dystoria and spasticity


Chronic Low Back Pain

Chronic Neck Pain

Chronic Pain Conditions

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Electromyography/Nerve Conduction Study (EMG/NCS) for Pain Management


Intravenous Lidocaine Infusion for chronic pain

Joint Injections

Joint Pain

Low Back Pain

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Musculoskeltal Back Pain

Painful Neuropathies

Peripheral Nerve Blocks

Tilt Table Test

Trigger Point Injections

Ultrasound-guided injections


Pain Management Clinic
(608) 263-9550 | | Map
Rehabilitation Hospital
(608) 592-8100 | | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Pain Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Residency Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
Internship Francis Scott Key Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Medical School Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

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

Dr. Rudin’s research interests include chronic pain disorders, particularly Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia and spinal conditions, and outcomes of pain rehabilitation.

PubMed Articles
Laursen K Sehgal N Poliak-Tunis M Rudin NJ Kim P Regarding Modulation of Central Sensitization Following Trigger Point Anesthetization in Patients with Chronic Pain from Whiplash Trauma. Pain Med . 2018 Apr 1;19(4):815-816
[PubMed ID: 29092067]
Turk DC Vierck CJ Scarbrough E Crofford LJ Rudin NJ Fibromyalgia: combining pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches to treating the person, not just the pain. J Pain . 2008 Feb;9(2):99-104
[PubMed ID: 17936075]
Harden RN Rudin NJ Bruehl S Kee W Parikh DK Kooch J Duc T Gracely RH Increased systemic catecholamines in complex regional pain syndrome and relationship to psychological factors: a pilot study. Anesth Analg . 2004 Nov;99(5):1478-85; table of contents
[PubMed ID: 15502052]
Rudin NJ Evaluation of treatments for myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. Curr Pain Headache Rep . 2003 Dec;7(6):433-42
[PubMed ID: 14604502]
Rudin NJ Chronic pain rehabilitation: principles and practice. WMJ . 2001;100(5):36-43, 66
[PubMed ID: 11579799]
Harden RN Bruehl S Galer BS Saltz S Bertram M Backonja M Gayles R Rudin N Bhugra MK Stanton-Hicks M Complex regional pain syndrome: are the IASP diagnostic criteria valid and sufficiently comprehensive? Pain . 1999 Nov;83(2):211-9
[PubMed ID: 10534592]
Bruehl S Harden RN Galer BS Saltz S Bertram M Backonja M Gayles R Rudin N Bhugra MK Stanton-Hicks M External validation of IASP diagnostic criteria for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and proposed research diagnostic criteria. International Association for the Study of Pain. Pain . 1999 May;81(1-2):147-54
[PubMed ID: 10353502]