Patient–Centered & Focused on Managing Pain

Dr. Anil Sharma, MD

Dr. Anil K Sharma is the founder and President of Spine & Pain Centers of New Jersey and New York.  He received his fellowship training in Pain Management at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Sharma has been consistently recognized for excellence throughout his career in medicine.  After graduating as Valedictorian of his class from MGM Medical College, he received the esteemed Robert Dripps Award for Best Resident at Monmouth Medical Center, where he continues today as Director of Pain Management.  Subsequently, Dr. Sharma was named Best Graduating Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic.  His elite status was confirmed by his rating as a “Top Doc” by New Jersey Monthly magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013 and he was profiled on the front cover in 2014.

Dr. Sharma specializes in the use of minimally invasive techniques to treat spinal disorders.  He has performed over 40,000 spinal procedures in his 20 years of clinical practice. His expertise ranges from diagnosing difficult and rare cases, to pinpointing the source of back, neck and other chronic pain conditions.   He is a leading practitioner of state-of-the- art techniques.  He has been on the faculty of several national and international spine meetings and has taught other pain physicians complex and difficult procedures.  He has also overseen numerous cadaver courses aimed at teaching new and innovative technologies for treating spinal disorders.

Dr. Sharma is a published author and experienced educator in spine care.  He has written chapters in textbooks and has recently published several review articles in major spine journals.  He recently published several clinical guidelines through the North American Spine Society.  Dr Sharma is a very active member of North American Spine Society as well as International Spine Intervention Society and sits on several key committees.

Dr. Sharma is affiliated with most of the area’s major medical centers.  As testimony to his high level of devotion, compassion and competency, Dr. Sharma’s many patients include medical colleagues and their families, and countless referrals from current and former patients who have found relief of spinal pain through his care.

 

Education

Fellowship - Pain Management

  • 7/94 to 9/95 - The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio - Award for Best Graduating Fellow

Residency - Anesthesiology

  • 7/91 to 6/94 - Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey

Chief Resident

  • 1993-1994 - Robert D. Dripps Award for Best Graduating Resident - Award for Outstanding Services as Chief Resident

Internship -  Internal Medicine

  • 7/90 to 6/91 - Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, New York

Medical School

  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, India - Valedictorian

 

Professional highlights

  • NJ Monthly - “Top Doctor in Pain Management " 2011, 2012, 2013 and was profiled on the front cover in 2014
  • International Spine Intervention Society - Vice-Chairman of the standards committee involved in writing appropriate use criteria (AUC), systematic review for spinal procedures
  • North American Spine Society Editorial Board - appointed 2008
  • New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians - President 2007 -  2009
  • New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians - Board Member 2009 - 2013
  • North American Spine Society Clinical Guidelines Committee -  2007 - present
  • Director of Pain Management, Monmouth Medical Center - March 2003 - present
  • International Spine Intervention Society - Chairman for 2013 Annual Meeting

 

Board certifications

  • American board of anesthesiology
  • Certificate of added qualifications in pain management
  • American board of pain medicine

 

Specialty interest

  • Treatment of complex spinal pain using the most advanced minimal invasive techniques.

 

Publications

  • Co–Author: “Interventional Pain Management- a practical approach” chapters written on IDET and Radiofrequency Denervation - ISBN # 978 81 8448 319 2
  • Co-Author: “Symptom Oriented Pain Management” chapter written on discogenic pain - ISBN-10: 9350257971
  • Co-Author: North American Spine Society Clinical Guidelines “Diagnosis and Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy From Degenerative Disorder” 2010
  • Author: International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS) Practice Guidelines for Spinal Diagnostic and Treatment Procedures chapters: Thoracic Disc Stimulation, Thoracic Medial Branch Blocks, Thoracic DRG Neurotomy and Thoracic Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy.
  • Author: North American Spine Society publication Spineline May/June 2011:  Spinal Injections and Anticoagulants
  • Author: North American Spine Society publication Spineline Dec/Jan 2011:  Radiofrequency Denervation
  • Co-Chairman: North American Spine Society Review and Recommendation Statements for Discography. 2012
  • Co-Author: North American Spine Society Clinical Guidelines Lumbar Disc Herniation 2012

 

Presentations

“Functional Anesthetic Discography” March 8, 2010 Symposium presentation

Cleveland Clinic’s 12th Annual Pain Management Symposium, Coronado, CA.

Cadaver Course and Faculty Speaker March 9, 2010

Cleveland Clinic’s 12th Annual Pain Management Symposium, Coronado, CA.

“Medial Branch Block and Radiofrequency Comprehensive Literature Review” Faculty Speaker August 8-10, 2011 ISIS 19th Annual Scientific Meeting, Chicago, IL.

“Discogenic Pain” and cadaver workshop. International faculty FIPP exam course, March 10th, 2012, Mumbai, India

“Validity of Lumbar Discography” Faculty Speaker July 18th 2012 ISIS 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas , NV.

“Complications of Discography” Faculty Speaker July 18th 2012 ISIS 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas , NV.

“Current Review of Anticoagulants and Spinal Injections” Faculty Speaker July 18th 2012 ISIS 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

“Evidence Based Medicine Course” Faculty Speaker July 17th 2012 ISIS 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

“Evidence Based Medicine Pre-Conference Course” Faculty, 24th Annual Meeting , North American Spine Society, Dallas, TX

"Systematic review of Fluoroscopic guided interlaminar epidural steroid injection" Faculty speaker July 2014 ISIS 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

"Fundamentals of evidence Based Medicine" Course instructor, November 2014 North American Spine Society Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, California.

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