Dr. Shravani Durbhakula joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine, in 2017. She sees patients at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Blaustein Pain Treatment Center in East Baltimore as a member of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. She specializes in the interventional treatment of chronic pain states, including both neuropathic and cancer pain.
She firmly believes in a multi-modal approach that simultaneously addresses the physiologic, physical, and psychological components of pain through a combination of therapies. In addition, she performs a comprehensive evaluation of her patients, as pain is rarely attributed to a single cause, and takes pride in educating patients about their condition. She is invested in combating the opioid crisis and educating physicians about safe medication prescribing practices.
Dr. Durbhakula performs the full variety of interventional pain procedures from epidural steroid injections to radiofrequency ablations, and takes special interest in neuromodulation techniques. These include spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pump placement for patients with pain that is refractory to various treatments. She also has extensive experience with ketamine infusions and is equipped to provide intra-discal injection of stem cells to appropriate candidates.
Dr. Durbhakula has written chapters in major academic textbooks on spinal cord stimulation and the use of ultrasound. In addition, she is involved in large-scale clinical-research trials to test the efficacy of novel procedures such as cooled sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablations. She has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally on the topics of neuromodulation, ketamine for pain management, and the opioid crisis.
Finally, she is committed to the betterment of both her patients and the world at large. She was awarded a Regan Fellowship by Operation Smile for global outreach, and takes interest in serving the local Baltimore community through involvement in local organizations.
Dr. Durbhakula grew up in Princeton, NJ and graduated at the top of her class from Villanova University. She then stayed in the Philadelphia area, graduating from Drexel University College of Medicine and completing Anesthesiology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She moved to Chicago to complete her Interventional Pain Management fellowship at University of Illinois, where she served as chief fellow.