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Eellan Sivanesan, M.D.

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  • Director of Neuromodulation - Pain Medicine Division
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years), Geriatrics (55+ years)



Abdominal Pain, Back Pain, Cancer Pain, Chronic Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Facial Pain, Head Pain, Interventional Pain Management, Joint Pain, Neck Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management, Pain Medicine, Pelvic Pain, Postherpetic Neuralgia, Sciatica, Shingles Pain, Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy, Spinal Pain, Stomach Pain more

Research Interests

Neuromodulation-Spinal Cord Stimulation; Cancer Pain; Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy; Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation; Peripheral Nerve Stimulation; Intrathecal Drug Delivery; Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-7246
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-7246
1800 Orleans St.
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Dr. Eellan Sivanesan is Director of Neuromodulation and faculty of the Johns Hopkins University-School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine. He treats patients with chronic back, joint, abdominal, pelvic, headache, facial, neuropathic, cancer, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-amputation, and other pain conditions at the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. He performs fluoroscopically and ultrasound guided interventions such as injections of peripheral nerves, spine, muscles, joints, thermal radiofrequency ablation, pulsed radiofrequency ablation, and various chemodenervation procedures.

Dr. Sivanesan is an expert in advanced neuromodulation and minimally invasive spine techniques, which he uses to treat a range of chronic pain conditions. He is specialized in all modalities of spinal cord stimulation including the latest technologies such as High Frequency stimulation, Burst stimulation, and High-Density stimulation. He is also an expert in Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, craniofacial stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery. He has introduced numerous new pain treatment modalities to The Johns Hopkins Health System, including minimally invasive lumbar decompression, indirect decompression device/interspinous spacers, temporary peripheral nerve stimulation, ‘wireless’ spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, and multiple other neuromodulation and minimally invasive spine advancements.

Dr. Sivanesan serves on the editorial boards of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine (Section-Neuromodulation and Minimally Invasive Spine) and Frontiers of Pain Research. He is also an Ad-Hoc reviewer for Neuromodulation, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Neuromodulation, Physical Therapy, Anesthesia and Analgesia Case Reports, Pain Practice, Pain Reports, and multiple other pain and neuromodulation journals. He also serves on committees of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).

Funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Dr. Sivanesan’s neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins aligns with his clinical practice as he investigates the effects of spinal cord stimulation. His lab is particularly interested in the use of neuromodulation for cancer pain and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Work in the Sivanesan Neuromodulation Laboratory (SNL) focuses on developing electrical stimulation therapies for treating neuropathic pain conditions and discovering novel applications for patients suffering from painful conditions. His work has been published in the Lancet, Anesthesiology, Neuromodulation, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, Pain Reports, Pain Medicine, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Neuroscience Bulletin, Molecular Pain, and on the cover of Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Education: After graduating from The University of Oklahoma with a dual degree in Biochemistry and Zoology, Dr. Sivanesan stayed to attend medical school at The University of Oklahoma. He completed his clinical training at The University of Miami with a residency in Anesthesiology and a clinical fellowship in Pain Medicine where he was the recipient of multiple academic accolades. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship investigating neuromodulation mechanisms at The Johns Hopkins University. He has received research awards from The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), The Thompson Family Foundation, and The Foundation of Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER).

Appointment Information for Dr. Sivanesan: 410-955-PAIN (7246)

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  • Director of Neuromodulation - Pain Medicine Division
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

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  • MD; University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Medicine (2012)


  • Anesthesiology; Jackson Memorial Hospital (2016)


  • Pain Medicine; Jackson Memorial Hospital (2017)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology (Anesthesiology) (2017)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology (Pain Medicine) (2017)

Research & Publications


Lab Website: Sivanesan Neuromodulation Laboratory (SNL)

Technology Expertise Keywords

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Clinical Trial Keywords

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Contact for Research Inquiries

Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center
Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
601 North Caroline Street, Suite 3062
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Activities & Honors


  • International Neuromodulation Society (INS)
  • North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
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