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Mark Christopher Bicket, M.D.
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 ...read more
Mark C. Bicket, MD, PhD is a physician, investigator, and educator specializing in pain medicine and focusing on the opioid crisis. He analyzes and implements methods to address the opioid crisis, teaches the next generation of pain medicine leaders, and cares for patients with pain, all to transform individual and population pain care. His research has led to the growing appreciation that surgical prescribing contributes to the broader opioid crisis, work that has shaped clinical practice and influenced policy makers. He recently led Johns Hopkins in creating a new system-wide pain management policy, impacting millions of patients receiving care there every year. He also directs the nationally recognized Pain Medicine Fellowship Program and Pain Medicine Quality and Safety at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he trains and mentors fellows, residents, and medical students while treating patients in East Baltimore.
Dr. Bicket speaks with communities across the nation about the opioid crisis and serves on committees for the National Academy of Medicine, the Delaware Division of Public Health, and numerous professional organizations. His research and work has been published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), British Medical Journal, JAMA Surgery, Anesthesiology, Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and The Spine Journal, among others. He also attends in the operating rooms, with an emphasis on care under the enhanced recovery after surgery and obstetrical anesthesiology services. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
Dr. Bicket received a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation from Johns Hopkins University. He also performed a pain management fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and maintains board certifications in both pain medicine and anesthesiology from the American Board of Anesthesiology.
- 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
Centers & Institutes
- MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2010)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology (2014)
- Massachusetts General Hospital / Pain Medicine (2015)
- American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology-General (2015)
- American Board of Anesthesiology / Pain Management (2015)
Research & Publications
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 KeywordsOpioid prescribing, acute pain, chronic pain, interventional pain management, epidural steroid injections, crps, complex regional pain syndrome
Bicket MC, Long JJ, Pronovost PJ, Alexander GC, Wu CL. Prescription Opioid Analgesics Commonly Unused After Surgery: A Systematic Review. JAMA Surg 2017;152(11):1066-1071. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0831.
Bicket MC, White E, Pronovost PJ, Wu CL, Yaster M, Alexander GC. Opioid Oversupply After Joint and Spine Surgery: A Prospective Cohort Study. Anesth Analg 2019;128(2):358-364. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000003364.
Bicket MC, Murimi IB, Mansour O, Wu CL, Alexander GC. Association of new opioid continuation with surgical specialty and type in the United States. Am J Surg 2019 Apr 15. pii: S0002-9610(19)30127-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2019.04.010.
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.
Academic Affiliations & Courses
Graduate Program Affiliation
Core Faculty, Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness
Activities & Honors
- Committee Member, Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain, National Academies of Medicine
- North American Pain School, International Association for the Study of Pain
- 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 Academy of Pain Medicine
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)