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Smith, Thomas - consultant in pain medicine


Consultant profiles

Thomas Smith

Area of expertise: chronic pain treatment and clinical research.



  • Biography

    Thomas Smith is a full-time consultant in pain medicine who has worked and trained in Australia, the UK, Germany and the USA.

    His practice spans a full spectrum of pain medicine, including surgical neuromodulation procedures and pain blocks, pain medicines, and pain management (psychology and physical therapy based).

    He is passionate about improving chronic pain treatment options and strongly promotes the use of multidisciplinary teams for complex pain problems. Dr Smith has a broad clinical research portfolio. He also teaches and lectures on chronic pain.

  • Education and training

    • Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, October 2007
    • United Kingdom Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) in Anaesthetics awarded September, 2001
    • Completion of 12 months sub-specialty training in pain management recognised by The Royal College of Anaesthetists, February, 2001
    • Fellowship of The Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) awarded September, 1998
    • RCA Final Exam - May/June 1998
    • Doctorate in Medicine (MD) awarded by the University of Kiel, Germany, October, 1997
    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) awarded with Honours by Monash University Medical School, Melbourne, December, 1990
  • Specialist interests

    • Spinal pain
    • Neuropathic (nerve) pain
    • Headache and facial pain
    • Spinal cord stimulation/neuromodulation
    • Clinical research
  • Awards

    • MBBS Medical Degree – Honours
    • MD (Medical Doctorate): Cum Laude (Honours)
  • Research interests

    • Spinal cord stimulation
    • Headache
    • Neuropathic pain

    (In addition to published work below, Dr Smith is involved as an investigator in multicentre European trials of potential new therapies.)

  • Publications

    Recent publications include:

    • Sustained effectiveness of 10 kHz high-frequency spinal cord stimulation for patients with chronic, low back pain: 24-month results of a prospective multicenter Study. PAIN MEDICINE. Adnan Al-Kaisy, Jean-Pierre Van Buyten, Iris Smet, Stefano Palmisani, David Pang and Thomas Smith
      Pain Medicine Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 347–354, March 2014
    • High-frequency spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of chronic back pain patients: results of a prospective multicenter European clinical study. Van Buyten JP, Al-Kaisy A, Smet I, Palmisani S, Smith T
      Neuromodulation. 2013 Jan-Feb;16(1):59-65
    • A six-year retrospective review of occipital nerve stimulation practice - controversies and challenges of an emerging technique for treating refractory headache syndromes. Stefano Palmisani, Adnan Al-Kaisy, Roberto Arcioni, Tom Smith, Andrea Negro, Giorgio Lambru, Vijay Bandikatla, Eleanor Carson, Paolo Martelletti
      The Journal of Headache and Pain 2013, 14:67 (6 August 2013)
    • Emerging treatment for chronic migraine and refractory chronic migraine
      Luana Lionetto, Andrea Negro, Stefano Palmisani, Giovanna Gentile, Maria Rosaria Del Fiore, Marco Mercieri, Maurizio Simmaco, Thomas Smith, Adnan Al-Kaisy, Roberto Arcioni, Paolo Martelletti
      Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs Sep 2012, Vol. 17, No. 3, Pages 393-406
    • Interventional Therapies for Back Pain. Tom Smith and Adnan Al-Kaisy.  Chapter 11 pp 107-114 in: Back Pain. Editors Andrew Souter, Roman Cregg, Sam Chong. Oxford University Press. 2012

    Publication resulting from MD (medical doctorate) research:

    • Smith T, Moratin P, Wulf H: Smaller Children have greater bupivacaine plasma concentration after ilioinguinal block
      British Journal of Anaesthesia 1996:76:452-454