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Mark Christopher Bicket, M.D.

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Director of Pain Fellowship Program, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

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


Expertise: Anesthesiology, Back Disorders, Back Pain, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Chronic Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Degenerative Disc Disease, Disc Pain, Epidural Injections, Herniated Disc, Interventional Pain Management, Joint Injection: Hip, Joint Injections, Joint Pain, Knee Arthritis, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Nerve Blocks, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management, Pain Medicine, Postherpetic Neuralgia, Radiofrequency Ablation for Pain Control, Sciatica, Shingles Pain, Spinal Pain, Thoracic Disc Herniation, Ultrasound more


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 North Wolfe Street 550 Bldg Rm 301 ACCM Pain Med Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 North Wolfe Street JHOC 3062 Anesthesiology CCM Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Mark C. Bicket is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Boarded in anesthesiology and chronic pain medicine, Dr. Bicket focuses his clinical expertise and research in interventional pain management. His research goal is to improve treatment options for patients with chronic and persisting pain. 

Dr. Bicket obtained his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of medicine, completed an anesthesiology residency at Johns Hopkins, and performed a pain management fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He currently serves as the Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program and Director of the Divisional Safety and Quality Assurance Program. 

His research and work has been published in BMJAnesthesiology, Anesthesiology Clinics, Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and The Spine Journal, among others. His research has also been the subject of national news media including the New York Times, NBC News, and other international venues. 

He also attends in the operating rooms, with an emphasis on care under the enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) and obstetrical anesthesiology services. He actively serves on national committees with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the American Pain Society (APS). more


  • Director of Pain Fellowship Program, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Director of Quality and Safety, Division of Pain Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine



  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2010)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology (2014)


  • Massachusetts General Hospital / Pain Medicine (2015)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology-General (2015)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Pain Management (2015)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Bicket's research efforts focus on clinical outcomes and health services for acute and chronic pain, with the goal of improving quality and safety of analgesic therapy, including prescription opioids.

His research team also examines non-opioid pain medication and non-pharmacological analgesics, and works to improve the quality of evidence based summaries for pain medicine.

Clinical Trial Keywords

Opioid prescribing, acute pain, chronic pain, interventional pain management, epidural steroid injections, crps, complex regional pain syndrome

Selected Publications

Bicket MC, Hurley RW, Moon JY, Brummett CM, Hanling S, Huntoon MA, van Zundert J, Cohen SP. The Development and Validation of a Quality Assessment and Rating of Technique for Injections of the Spine (AQUARIUS). Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2016 Jan-Feb;41(1):80-5. doi: 10.1097/AAP.0000000000000337.

Bicket MC, Horowitz JM, Benzon HT, Cohen SP. Epidural injections in prevention of surgery for spinal pain: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Spine J. 2015 Feb 1;15(2):348-62. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.10.011. Epub 2014 Oct 13.

Bicket MC, Gupta A, Brown CH 4th, Cohen SP. Epidural injections for spinal pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating the "control" injections in randomized controlled trials. Anesthesiology. 2013 Oct;119(4):907-31. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e31829c2ddd.

Bicket MC, Mao J. Chronic Pain in Older Adults. Anesthesiol Clin. 2015 Sep;33(3):577-90. doi: 10.1016/j.anclin.2015.05.011.

Bicket MC, Chakravarthy K, Chang D, Cohen SP. Epidural steroid injections: an updated review on recent trends in safety and complications. Pain Manag. 2015;5(2):129-46. doi: 10.2217/pmt.14.53.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Core Faculty, Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow of the Year, American Society of Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (ASRA)


  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • American Pain Society

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Oversupply of pain pills after surgery helps fuel opioid epidemic, Reuters (August 2, 2017)

Opioids Aren’t the Only Pain Drugs to Fear, New York Times (September. 4, 2017)

How Doctors Have Contributed to—and Can Help Reverse—the Opioid Epidemic, Wall Street Journal (September 14, 2017)

How Many Opioid Pills Do You Need After Surgery?,  Wall Street Journal (January 29, 2018)

Patient Ratings & Comments

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