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Pain Medicine Fellowship

The Pain Medicine Fellowship based out of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital has trained fellows who occupy leadership positions as Division Directors and Research Directors for pain and anesthesiology nationally, as well as clinician leaders in private practice across the United States. We provide a clinically-oriented, multidisciplinary, and ACGME accredited training environment with outstanding faculty that continue Johns Hopkins Hospital's rich history for excellence in patient care, research, and teaching. We annually accept four fellow positions for a one-year, intensive interventional pain medicine fellowship that stresses expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of pain and the development of independent clinical decision making.

Class of 2015-2016, Pain Medicine Fellowship
Clockwise from top left: Andrew Lehn, Zafeer Baber, Tina Doshi, Sandy Christiansen

Quick Facts

  • Accredited by: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • ABA Certified: Yes
  • Duration of Program: 1 Year fellowship Program
  • Positions Available: 4
  • Application enrollment date(s) or deadline: Applications accepted Feb 1st through May 31st
  • Applicant Qualifications: Completion of an ACGME accredited residency program, most often in Anesthesiology, PMR, Psychiatry, or Neurology
  • We participate in the NRMP Match.

Program Overview and Curriculum

Training emphasizes analysis and management of clinical and research problems, as well as innovation using practical solutions such as procedural, pharmacotherapeutic, physiatric, and/or mind/body therapies.  Fellows gain insight and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain from a variety of perspectives including anesthesiologists, neurologists and physiatrists. We also closely work with neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and oncologists who have expertise in pain management.

Fellows receive an individualized interventional experience that equals or exceeds other fellowships in the number of procedures, diversity, and complexity of cases, including sympathetic nerve blocks (all categories), neurolytic techniques, facet blocks, radio frequency and pulsed RF ablation, spinal cord stimulation, implantable intrathecal pumps, epidural steroid injections, peripheral nerve blocks, discography IDET, and percutaneous decompression (nucleoplasty). Exposure to CT guided procedures will also be included. Fellows receive additional education through lectures, clinical care, procedural interventions and quality/research projects. Weekly educational sessions include lectures in clinic, oncology and spine conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, and multidisciplinary pain conferences. Fellows are expected to feel comfortable leading a pain care team and fostering a high level of communication and collaboration with the various specialists on the service. Pain fellows achieve a longitudinal care experience with patients suffering from chronic pain over the course of their one year in fellowship training.

Fellows' clinical time includes outpatient and inpatient pain consultation services. Fellows spend a majority of the clinical experience at the Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center (BPTC) in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. Here, four consultation rooms facilitate clinical encounters and six PACU beds serve recovering patients. Two procedure rooms host fluoroscopy for x-ray guided interventions as well as ultrasound guided interventions. Chronic pain (non-malignant), cancer pain, and pediatric pain patients are examined and treated in the BPTC. Inpatient consultations permit coordination of care and therapeutic interventions in collaboration with other disciplines. Finally, rotations lasting 1-2 weeks integrate fellows with other services within the hospital: the Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Palliative Care, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Psychiatry.

Fellow typically pair with one attending during clinic days, during which consultation and procedural (interventional) elements of patient care under the direct supervision of the pain faculty member. A graduated progression of leadership and clinical decision making occurs during subspecialty training. The program anticipates that fellows grow into more independent clinical decision makers with respect to both the pharmacotherapeutic and interventional management of pain patients as training progresses.

Research Opportunities

We encourage fellows to participate in ongoing clinical investigations and laboratory research relevant to their interests and careers. Fellows have access to the wealth of resources within the Division of Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, and Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as other Hopkins entities such as the Bloomberg School of Public Health. For current fields of interest, please see faculty profile pages.

Faculty who participate in clinical training:


For administrative questions, please contact program coordinator Shanita Andrews at

Michael Erdek, MD, Program Director
Michael Erdek, MD
Program Director

Pain Medicine Fellowship
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
550 N. Broadway, Suite 301
Baltimore, Maryland 21287
410-955-1818 or 410-614-2792


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