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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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Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Eellan Sivanesan is faculty of the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine. He treats patients with chronic back, joint, abdominal, pelvic, headache, 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, muscles, joints, thermal radiofrequency ablation, pulsed radiofrequency ablation, and various chemodenervation procedures.

Dr. Sivanesan also utilizes advanced neuromodulation techniques 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, and intrathecal drug delivery. Additionally, he is an expert in minimally invasive spine procedures such as vertebral augmentation and stenting, minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD), and indirect/spacer decompression. He is a committee member of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).

Dr. Sivanesan’s neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins aligns with his clinical practice as he investigates the mechanisms of spinal cord stimulation. The goal of this multidisciplinary work is to develop optimal stimulation therapies for treating neuropathic pain conditions and discover novel applications for patients suffering from painful conditions, particularly cancer-related pain conditions (e.g. chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy). His work has been published in the Lancet, Anesthesiology, Neuromodulation, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Molecular Pain, Pain Reports, Neuroscience Bulletin, Pain Medicine, Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 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.

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


  • 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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