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Dr Arun Bhaskar

MBBS, MSc, FRCA, FFPMRCA, FFICM, FIPP

Consultant in Pain Medicine

Specialty
Fixed Price Packages

About

  • Biography icon plus

    Dr Arun Bhaskar is a leading consultant in pain medicine in London, who holds a special interest in complex pain, including neuropathic pain, cancer pain, visceral and pelvic pain, pain interventions and neuromodulation. He also holds a particular interest in opioid management in complicated cancer pain and opioid dependence and its management in the pain patient population.

    Dr Bhaskar is the President-elect of the British Pain Society and has served two terms as an elected member of the Council of the British Pain Society and also chairs the Communications Committee. He is also the Hon. Secretary of the Neuromodulation Society of UK and Ireland and the Chairman of the UK Section, World Institute of Pain. Dr Bhaskar is currently the Co-chair of the Committee for the Cancer Pain Management Guidelines; he is also the Co-chair of the Neuromodulation Guidelines Committee. He does also represents UK as Councillor at the European Pain Federation and is a member of the European Pain Federation Task Force on Cancer Pain Management. Dr Bhaskar is the Co-chair for the OPEN Consensus group for Opioid Analgesic Dependency.

    Dr Bhaskar started his consultant career at The Christie in Manchester where he has been involved with several clinical trials in cancer pain and neuropathic pain in cancer, including chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain and developed novel techniques for interventional treatment of pain. He is currently based at the Pain Management Centre, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Dr Bhaskar is on the faculty and examiner for many courses, including the European Pain School and the World Institute of Pain and regularly mentors colleagues nationally and internationally. He publishes extensively, writes regularly on pain matters and serves as peer reviewer and section editor in several reputable journals.

  • Clinical interests icon plus

    Complex pain issues, Neuropathic pain, Cancer pain, Neuromodulation, Opioid management, Second opinion.
  • Publications icon plus

    Dr Bhaskar has been contributing author to various textbooks and journals including book reviews and articles; also peer reviewer and editorial member for several articles on pain & palliative care and anaesthesia for various organisations including NICE, NIHR, F1000 as well as several journals.

    Section: Editor for Cancer Pain in Journal of Observational Pain Medicine (JOOPM)

    Regular: Column in European Pain News, Newsletter for European Pain Federation

    Regular: Column in Pain News, Newsletter for British Pain Society

    on the Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Opioid Analgesic Dependence”. Journal of Addiction Medicine – accepted for publication January 2018

    Co-author of “ Consensus and Controversies between Pain and Addiction Experts

    Co-author of “Social and Cultural Influences on Pain, Pain Behaviour and Treatment” in pain

    News – Summer Edition 2018

    Author of Book Chapter “Endoscopic Ultrasound-guided Coeliac plexus Block” – Landmark
    Paper in Pain – Oxford University Press – accepted for publication March 2018

    Co-author of “ Chronic Postsurgical Pain and Cancer: The catch of surviving the unsurvivable”
    - Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care – accepted for publication December 2017

    Co-author of “Consensus Statement on the use of Corticosteroids for Neuraxial Procedures in
    the UK” - British Pain Society/ Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthesia - December 2017


    unsurvivable”-Accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care June 2018

    Anniversary of British Pain Society Special Edition April 2017
    Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists accepted March 2017

    Spring Edition 2017
    joint: a Retrospective Cohort Study”. Pain Practice – March 2017
    rational argument for the development of topical analgesics”.Journal of Pain Research – December 2016.

    in Pain News – Winter Edition 2016
    Pain Management” Second Edition by Jaypee publications, 2016.

    News – Summer Edition 2016
    in Pain News – Spring Edition 2016
    Anaesthesia – April 2016

    Therapeutic Targets – Elsevier – April 2015
    Asscociation) Issue No. 4 Vol 20 – October 2014
    publication of British Pain Society – summer edition
    Anaesthesia, Critical care & Pain, British journal of Anaesthesia – April 2014
    Critical care & Pain, British journal of Anaesthesia – February 2014
    Pain Management, Oxford University Press – February 2014
    Complex Cancer Pain Management, Oxford University Press – February 2014

    Co-author of “Chronic Post-surgical Pain and Cancer: The catch of surviving the

    Author of “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”. Pain News – 50th

    Author of “50 years of British Pain Society”. Transmitter – Newsletter of Faculty of

    Co-author of “History of British Pain Society”. European Pain News

    Co-author of “The Effect of Peripheral Neuromodulation on Pain from Sacroiliac

    Co-author of “Skin matters! The role of keratinocytes in nociception: a

    Co-author of “Social Media for Professionals in Pain Medicine: Part three – Apps, Bots and Wearables”

    Book chapter on “Pain Management in Ca Lung” as contributing author for the book - “Symptom Oriented

    Co-author of “Social Media for Professionals in Pain Medicine: Part two – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly” in Pain

    Co-author of “Social Media for Professionals in Pain Medicine: Part one – an introduction and Twitter”

    Co-author of “Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy” in BJA Education, British journal of

    Co-author of “Pain and Suffering in Cancer Patients” in Modern Believing – April 2015

    Co-author of book chapter “Use of Topical Capsaicin for Pain Relief” in TRP Channels as

    Author of “Interventional Management

    of Cancer Pain – a Significantly Under-utilised Treatment modality in the


    United Kingdom” in Journal of BIDA (British International Doctors)

    Co-author of “Localized neuropathic pain—5% lidocaine

    medicated plaster as a first line treatment and as add-on therapy:


    literature review and personal experience” in Minerva Medica June 2014

    Co-author of “Analgesic Effects of Topical Ketamine” in Minerva Anestesiologica May 2014

    Author of “Strong Opioids in

    Post-operative Pain Management: how we brought about change in practice


    and change in culture” – Professional Perspectives in Pain News,

    Co-author of “Cancer Pain Management Part 2: Interventional Management” in Continuing Education in

    Co-author of “Cancer Pain Management Part 1: General Principles” in Continuing Education in Anaesthesia,

    Author of the chapter “Pelvic pain” Oxford Handbook on Practical Management of Complex Cancer

    Co-author of the chapter “Sympathetic Blocks in Cancer Pain” Oxford Handbook on Practical Management of


    Co-author of the review article “Experience in using the high concentration capsaicin patch in the management of neuropathic pain” –
    Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders (2013) 6 (5) 287- 297 DOI:10.1177/1756285613496862

    Author of “Interventional Management of Cancer Pain” Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care – accepted for publication December 2011; published March 2012

    Treatments: A Perspective from the British Pain Society Endorsed by the UK Association of Palliative Medicine and the Royal College of General 2010

    Author of “Local management of localised neuropathic pain” Reviews, British Journal of Pain

    Co- author of “Cancer Pain:

    Part 1: Pathophysiology; Oncological, Pharmacological, and Psychological

    Practitioners”. Pain Medicine Volume 11 Issue 5, May

    Expert contributor for “Good Practice Guidelines: Management of Cancer Pain” by the British Pain Society.



    Pain Management” by Jaypee publications.

    Book chapter on “Pain Management in Ca Lung” as contributing author for the book - “Symptom Oriented

Practice locations

NHS base

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

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