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Al-Kaisy, Adnan - clinical lead and consultant in pain medicine and neuromodulation


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Adnan-Al-Kaisy, clinical lead and consultant in pain medicine and neuromodulation


Secretary tel: 020 7188 8877

Area of expertise: pain medicine and neuromodulation

Languages spoken: English and Arabic

  • Biography

    Adnan Al-Kaisy is currently clinical lead of the pain management and neuromodulation centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in chronic pain medicine at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool. He has a fellowship in chronic pain management at University of Toronto Hospital, Canada.

    Adnan has an international reputation as a leading expert in pain management and has extensive experience in working toward the advancement of electrical neuromodulation techniques within this specialty.

    He led the first multicenter and multinational study on the safety and efficacy of 10kHz SCS in the management of failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). He has subsequently clinically pioneered the use of this novel therapy in the management of different chronic pain conditions including the feasibility study on chronic back patients without prior surgery. Adnan has successfully designed groundbreaking research including a randomised double blind placebo control study examining different frequency in the management of FBSS. He is the innovator of a number techniques including transgrade dorsal root ganglion stimulation using monopolar electrical stimulation.

    Adnan continues to teach and lecture on essential and pioneering topics in pain management in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is the chair of the biannual London Spine Pain Symposium at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.

  • Education and training

    • Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice, World Institution of Pain 2009
    • FPMRCA, Royal College of Anaesthetists, England 2007 
    • Honorary Research Associate, Neurological Science/Walton Centre 1998
    • Fellowship in Pain, Toronto University, Canada 1997
    • National Board of Medical Examiners, USA 1995
    • FRCA, Royal College of Anaesthetists, England 1994
    • MB Ch B, Basrah University, Iraq 1983
  • Specialist interests

    • Management of spine and neuropathic pain
    • Neuromodulation – spinal cord stimulation for failed back surgery syndrome
    • Nerve lesion
    • Sacral nerve stimulation for bowel and bladder functional disorder
  • Research interests

    • High cervical spinal cord stimulation
    • Discovery of new biomarkers or biosignatures to aid further research and drug discovery
  • Awards

    • Hospital Doctor Award, 2001 
    • Best Free Paper Competition, Society of Anaesthesia “respirator effects of low dose bupivacaine interscalene block”, 1997
    • Registrars Prize, Best Free Paper Competition, Society of Anaesthetists “capnography and the laryngeal mask airway”, 1995