M-Irfan Suleman, M.B.B.S.

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  • Director of Pediatric Chronic and Interventional Pain Program
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine


Anesthesiology, Chronic Pain, Interventional Pain Management, Pediatric Anesthesia, Pediatric Chronic Pain, Pediatric Interventional Pain Management ...read more


The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

1800 Orleans St.
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, Suite 6323
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Dr. M-Irfan Suleman is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include pediatric anesthesia and pediatric pain management, and he is a nationally and internationally recognized physician in these fields. 

He serves as the director of pediatric regional anesthesia and the director of pediatric chronic pain interventional management at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He is also the medical director of the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Suleman completed his anesthesiology residency training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and received an Excellence in Pediatric Anesthesia 2008 Award at his graduation. He completed his pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH)/UAMS in 2009. He continued to work as a pediatric anesthesiologist at ACH, where he developed a pediatric regional anesthesia program and served as its director.

As his interest in pediatric pain grew, Dr. Suleman decided to expand his skills further to include multidisciplinary chronic pediatric pain management and chronic pediatric interventional pain management. He completed his pediatric pain fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard University.

Dr. Suleman completed a teaching scholar program and is actively involved in teaching residents, fellows and faculty. He was awarded the Dean’s Resident Teaching Award in 2013.

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  • Director of Pediatric Chronic and Interventional Pain Program
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MBBS; Medicine and Surgery; Sindh Medical College (1993)


  • Anesthesiology; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (2008)
  • Anesthesiology; University of Louisville Hospital (2005)


  • Pain Medicine; Harvard Medical School (2014)
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology (Anesthesiology) (2011)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology (Pediatric Anesthesiology) (2014)

Additional Training

  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Arkansas

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Suleman is working on various projects for pediatric pain, with a focus on discovering new techniques for postoperative pain control in children.

Selected Publications

Suleman MI, Akbar Ali AN, Kanarek V, Li M, Patel A. “Ultrasound guided in-plane penile nerve block for circumcision: a new, modified technique suggests lower anesthetic volume and narcotic use.” Middle East J Anesthesiol. 2016; 23:647-53.

Suleman M, Edala T, Abraham E, Apuya J, Siddiqui M. “Non-trigger anesthesia management in a patient with Leigh’s syndrome presenting for dental rehabilitation.” Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. 2015 Dec; 5(6): e28804.

Suleman MI, AkbarAli A, Siddiqui M, Alfonso W. “A shared operative field and the dispute – is there a way out?” Middle East Journal of Anesthesiology. 2015 Jun;23(2):257-9.

Suleman MI. “Ultrasound-guided penile nerve block for circumcision: a new, modified technique. Anesthesiology News. 2015 May;41(5).

Dilley JD, Siddiqui, MS, Dassinger, S, Suleman, MI. “Central line placement in the presence of a ventriculo-atrial shunt.” Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society. 2015 Jan;111(8):162.

Activities & Honors


  • Dean’s Resident Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins, 2013
  • Excellence in Pediatric Anesthesia Award, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2008


  • American Society of Anesthesiology
  • Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine

Patient Ratings & Comments

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