Dr. Michael Erdek is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Berman Institute of Bioethics.
Dr. Erdek received his undergraduate medical education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Walter Lewis Croll Scholar. He trained in surgery and in anesthesiology prior to completing his subspecialty training in pain medicine and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Erdek has been appointed to the Polyanalgesic Consensus Panel, which formulates international recommendations for intraspinal drug delivery. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and scientific posters in the field of interventional pain medicine. Dr. Erdek has lectured nationally and internationally and as a visiting professor at several academic medical institutions.
He is board certified in pain medicine and in anesthesiology. Dr. Erdek’s society memberships include the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of several journals and has received the National Pancreas Foundation's Compassionate Care Award for his work with cancer pain patients.
Dr. Erdek's clinical interests center around interventional pain management, particularly the assessment and interventional treatment of cancer pain, intrathecal therapy for refractory spasticity, and the use of spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion stimulation for treatment of neuropathic pain and refractory ischemic vascular disease. His bioethics interests include the compassionate provision of end-of-life care and the ethical and societally responsible use of pain medication.