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Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy

Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy


Consultant in pain medicine

Specialises in the management of spine pain and spinal cord stimulation.


Dr Al-Kaisy is a consultant in pain medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

He received Bachelor of Medicine (MB) from the University of Bashrah, Iraq in 1983 before being awarded a fellowship with the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK in 1994. He completed a Fellowship in Pain at the Toronto University, Canada in 1997 and was named honorary research associate for neurological science at the Walton Centre in 1998.

He went on to a Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK in 2007 before completing a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice from World Institution of Pain in 2009.

He 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.

Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy led the first multicentre and multinational study on the safety and efficacy of 10kHz spinal cord stimulation in the management of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). Since then, he has clinically pioneered the use of this novel therapy to manage different chronic pain conditions including the feasibility study on chronic back patients without prior surgery.

He has successfully designed ground-breaking research, including a randomised double-blind placebo control study examining different frequency in the management of FBSS. He is the innovator of various techniques such as transgrade dorsal root ganglion stimulation using monopolar electrical stimulation.

He 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’.

Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy was voted Hospital Doctor of the Year for the category of pain management in 2001.


  • Spine pain.
  • Leg pain.
  • Neuropathic pain.
  • Joint pain.
  • Refractory migraine headache and cluster headache.

Procedures/ treatments

  • Spinal cord stimulation for back pain.
  • Spinal cord stimulation for neuropathic pain.
  • Epidurolysis for back and leg pain.
  • Lumbar facet joint injections/denervation.
  • Trigeminal ganglion block/radiofrequency for facial pain and trigeminal neuralgia.
  • Occipital nerve stimulation for refractory migraine headache and cluster headache.

Special/ research interests

Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy has special interest in neuromodulation, the management of spine pain by pioneering cutting-edge implant technology, and research interest in high cervical spinal cord stimulation and the discovery of new biomarkers or biosignatures to aid further research and drug discovery.

Membership of professional bodies

  • World Institution of Pain.
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists.
  • Pain Society.
  • International Association for the Study of Pain.
  • The International Neuromodulation Society.
  • Neuromodulation Society of United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia.
  • The American Society of Regional Anaesthesia.
  • British Medical Association.
  • Medical Protection Society.
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, USA.

Practice locations

Guy’s Hospital.

St Thomas’ Hospital.

Language(s)English, Arabic