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Eellan Sivanesan, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Specializes in: Adults (18+ years), Adolescents (12-18 years), Geriatrics (55+ years)


Expertise: Back Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Head Pain, Neck Pain, Pain Management, Postherpetic Neuralgia, Sciatica, Shingles Pain, Spinal Pain more

Research Interests: Neuromodulation-Spinal Cord Stimulation; Peripheral Nerve Stimulation; Intrathecal Drug Delivery; Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)


The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

1800 Orleans St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-1822


Dr. Eellan Sivanesan joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine in 2017. He treats patients with chronic back, joint, abdominal, pelvic, headache, neuropathic, cancer, and other pain conditions at the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. He performs fluoroscopically or ultrasound guided interventions such as injections of peripheral nerves, muscles, joints, thermal radiofrequency ablation, pulsed radiofrequency ablation, and various chemodenervation procedures.

Dr. Sivanesan also utilizes various neuromodulation therapies to treat a range of chronic pain conditions. He is well versed with all modalities of spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation (trigeminal, occipital, other), and intra-thecal drug delivery. He is a committee member of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) and contributing member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).

Dr. Sivanesan’s neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins aligns with his clinical practice as he investigates the effects of spinal cord stimulation on the brain. The goal of this multidisciplinary work is to develop optimal stimulation therapies for treating neuropathic pain conditions and discover novel applications for patients suffering from painful conditions. His research is currently funded by a NIH training grant designed to develop clinician-scientists with plans for transition to independent funding. His work has been published in the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, and on the cover of Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Education: After graduating from The University of Oklahoma with a dual degree in Biochemistry and Zoology, Dr. Sivanesan stayed to attend medical school at The University of Oklahoma. He completed his clinical training at The University of Miami with a residency in Anesthesiology and a clinical fellowship in Pain Medicine where he was the recipient of multiple academic accolades. more


  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine



  • MD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Medicine (2012)


  • Jackson Memorial Hospital / Anesthesiology (2016)


  • Jackson Memorial Hospital / Pain Medicine (2017)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology (2017)
  • Pending/Scheduled / Pain Medicine

Research & Publications

Activities & Honors


  • International Neuromodulation Society (INS)
  • North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
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