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Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy

Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy


Consultant in pain medicine

Dr Al-Kaisy 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.

Adnan led the first multicentre and multinational study on the safety and efficacy of 10kHz spinal cordstimulation 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.

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’.

He was voted Hospital Doctor of the Year for the category of pain management in 2001.

Special interests

Neuromodulation: management of spine pain by pioneering cutting-edge implant technology.


  • 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


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

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
Language(s)English, Arabic