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Pain Management
25 years of experience

Dr. Mohjir Baloch is a consulting Doctor of Pain Management that currently practices at The Chiswick Medical Centre. His patients know him as a doctor who listens to their concerns and takes the time and effort to explain their options, procedures, and answer their questions, something that sets him apart from many other doctors.

Dr. Baloch began his medical training with an MBBS from the Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Medical School at the University of London in 1997. He proceeded to receive medical training from the Royal Free Hospital, Royal London Hospital, and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital rotations. After completing his general medical training, Dr. Baloch went on to receive specialty training in anaesthetics and pain medicine.

Dr. Baloch has several professional society affiliations as well, including membership in the Royal College of Anaesthetics, the Association of Anaesthetics, the British Pain Society, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, and the Faculty of Pain Medicine. 

Dr. Baloch’s particular pain management interests focus on interventional pain medicine, and he is active on the lecture circuit on these topics both domestically and internationally. He is also very interested in teaching and training pain management concepts to others and organizes an ultrasound-guided pain intervention course for international participation through the Royal College of Physicians.  

For patients suffering from acute or chronic pain, whether from sports injuries, spine disorders, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other conditions, the pain relief options that Dr. Baloch can offer can be a godsend. These include ultrasound-guided pain injections, patch therapy for nerve pain, trigger point injections, and much more. An appointment with Dr. Baloch can be the first step towards living with less pain and having a better quality of life.

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Anaesthetics
Recommended by 2 specialists
25 years of experience
Neuromodulation, Pain Management, Regenerative Medicine + 1more

Dr Norman Kufakwaro is a Consultant in Pain Medicine with training from Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia as well as Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital. Dr Kufakwaro is specialized in managing various chronic pain conditions using the latest techniques, and he has a special interest in spinal, nerve, cancer, abdominal and pelvic pain as well as chronic headaches.

Throughout his training, he has gained experience in complex procedures such as spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal pumps, dorsal root ganglion stimulation and disc pain procedures.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

Dr Norman Kufakwaro is a pain consultant who trained at Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia and Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital. His training included complex pain procedures including spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, intrathecal pumps as well as procedures for disc pain.His main interests are spinal pain, sciatica, nerve pain, cancer pain, chronic headache, abdominal and pelvic pain. He specialises in management of a wide array of chronic pain conditions using latest techniques in pain management


  • Non-invasive back pain management
  • Wearable Peripheral Neurostimulation,
  • Radiofrequency and Neuromodulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Injections
  • Cancer pain management
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Dr Shaheen Khan

Dr Shaheen Khan

1.26 miles

Dr Shaheen Khan

1.26 miles
Palliative Medicine
19 years of experience
Pain Management

Dr Shaheen Khan is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. He also has honorary contracts at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust. His areas of expertise include: Pain management and complex symptom control; Advance care planning; Patient safety and risk management; Postgraduate medical education and Service development and clinical leadership. Dr Khan provides a broad range of expertise in the management of medical problems within the context of serious illness. He treats patients in a holistic manner, working closely with their clinical teams, relatives and carers. Dr Khan supports patients with any serious illness, including cancer and other serious illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems, and neurological disorders.

He graduated from Kings, Guy's and St. Thomas' Medical School in 2003, having also been awarded a first class honours degree in BSc Neuroscience in 2000. He completed the MSc in Palliative Care from Kings' College London in 2010, and in 2011 he obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership. Dr. Khan is committed education and training and is the Training Programme Director for the KHP Palliative Medicine StR training programme in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. He runs regular courses and seminars for medical practicioners community and hospital staff on a range of topics including pain control, medications safety and advance care planning.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Complex symptom control
  • Pain management
  • Advance care planning
  • Patient Safety & Risk Management
  • Palliative medicine
  • Palliative care
  • Advanced pain management and symptom control
  • End of life care
  • Cancer and non-cancerous conditions
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Dr Ben Huntley

Dr Ben Huntley

1.79 miles

Dr Ben Huntley

1.79 miles
Pain Management
20 years of experience
Anaesthetics

Dr Benedict Huntley is a Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia. He specialises in whiplash, lower back and neck pain, as well as cancer-related neuropathic and post-surgical pain.

He graduated in medicine from University of Birmingham and was awarded the Arthur Thompson Special Prize for his research. He undertook specialised training in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia at the Bristol School of Anaesthesia. He was given the Head of School Award for Outstanding Achievement for his community work.

He is currently a Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia at Barking, Havering and Redbridge (BHR) University Hospitals NHS Trust, where he is responsible for the modernisation of the Pain Service, recruitment and development of a Pain Management Programme.

He has also worked with colleagues in Palliative Care to develop a referral pathway for patients requiring interventional pain treatments in the management of their complex cancer pain. He has also collaborated with the Haematology team to develop a multidisciplinary approach to patients with complex pain management needs related to their sickle cell disease.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Facet Join Injection 
  • Radiofrequency Denervations and Pulsed Radiofrequency to Nerves 
  • Back Pain 
  • Cancer-related Neuropathic Pain 
  • Chronic Neck Pain 
  • Chroninc Pain 
  • Neck Pain 
  • Post-Surgical Pain 
  • Whiplash 

 It is important that HCA is transparent about our relationship with those doctors who provide us with clinical guidance on delivering the best possible care to patients and operating our hospitals safely and efficiently. We set out here some of the ways in which we work together and the amount we pay this doctor for such services.

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Pain Management
Offers video consultation
Recommended by 2 specialists
23 years of experience
Anaesthetics, Neuromodulation, Regenerative Medicine + 2more

Important note with regard to the COVID 19 Pandemic:

We understand how it feels to be locked-in during this difficult and stressful time. To support patients we are offering video consultations to all patients at flexible times at short notice and this is authorised by all insurance providers. Our team also offers physiotherapy via video consultations and we are able to offer interventions quickly for 'low risk' patients at safe premises in London. We will risk assess all patients prior to this.

Dr. Ramaswamy is a consultant in Anaesthesia, Pain Management and Neuromodulation at St Bartholomew’s and Royal London Hospital and is the clinical lead for in-patient pain managent at Royal London Hospital as well as for the Newham MSK collaboration. He is the Undergraduate and Postgraduate education lead at Bart’s Health and Queen Mary University of London. He also holds a honorary visiting senior lecturer position at the University of Edinburgh. He is a course director for the MSc in Pain management at the University of Edinburgh.

He earned his MD in Anaesthesia (Medal scholar) from one of the premier postgraduate medical educational centres, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India.

He received further anaesthetic training from The South East Scotland rotation in the UK after which he earned a certificate of Specialist Training in Anaesthesia and Pain Management in 2014. He also took an Advanced Pain Fellowship in London, at Imperial Healthcare.

During his work, he involves himself with outpatients as well as inpatients alongside clinics, as well as complex pain ward rounds and various interventions. Dr. Ramaswamy, over the years has gained vast experience in managing different acute pain as well as chronic pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, post-surgical pain, chronic musculoskeletal (such as Fibromyalgia) and neuropathic pain, headache, facial pain, abdomen-pelvic pain, sports injury, whiplash injury and cancer pain.

During the consultation, Dr.Ramaswamy devises a treatment plan centred on the patient's interests and needs. He is a strong advocate of educating the patient about their condition and advices them regarding self-management approaches, which should help patients manage their pain in the longer term. He also offers advice on pain medications and on pain interventions as deemed appropriate. He is part of a larger multidisciplinary team comprising of a wide array of specialists including orthopaedic surgeons and allied specialists such as physiotherapists. He regularly seeks their input to offer the best available expert treatment for his patients.

Through his top-notch intervention skills, he offers simple and complex pain procedures. These include Cervical and Lumbar facet joint/ medial branch injections, Epidural/ root block (all spinal levels including cervical- thoracic and lumbar levels, Radiofrequency treatment to medial branch/ nerve roots (all spinal levels) or peripheral nerves, complex pain interventions such as splanchnic nerve block, Ultrasound-guided interventions (both anaesthetic nerve blocks and complex pain interventions including MSK interventions), Regenerative medicine, Advanced Laser therapies including discectomy and Neuromodulation (including spinal cord stimulation and peripheral neuro-stimulation).

His intervention expertise spans from X-ray guided to ultrasound interventions and for various general as well as an orthopaedic anaesthetic procedures with specific proficiency in ultrasound-guided nerve blocks such as inserting nerve catheters.

Medico-legal expertise: https://www.pain-expert.org/team/dr-shankar-ramaswamy/

Dr Ramaswamy has received training in medico-legal report writing and is familiar with Civil procedure protocols including CPR part 35 and PD 35 protocol. He has experience in writing reports and can provide detailed insights into causality, prognosis, assessing capacity to work understanding specific roles, assess ability to function and also comment on prospect of achieving pain relief. He can offer medicolegal appointments at short notice and produce a report with a quick turn around time. He sees patients for personaly injury claims and criminal negligence claims.

He has expertise in preparing reports for a variety of conditions including (but not limited to)-

·       Personal injury

·       Road traffic accidents and injuries

·       Whiplash injury

·       Head, neck and spinal injuries

·       Musculoskeletal disorders

·       Soft tissue and muscular injuries

·       Sports injuries

·       Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

·       Work related and industrial injury

·       Anaesthetic related injury and complications

For medico-legal enquiries and bookings:

Consultation sites: Multiple clinic sites across central and east London and Kent

Secretary: Julie Summers-Frost

Email: office@pain-expert.org

Website: https://www.pain-expert.org/team/dr-shankar-ramaswamy/

Telephone: 01603 418594

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Pain Management
Recommended by 1 specialist
32 years of experience

Dr Deane Halfpenny is a consultant in Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine, who has a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge with particular areas of expertise including; non-surgical management of spinal pain and injury, myofascial pain syndromes, sports injury, CRPS and neuropathic pain.

Having graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, Dr Halfpenny completed his specialist training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He took training posts as a lecturer and advanced pain trainee and was awarded the FFPMRCA. He took up a consultant post in 2001 and established multidisciplinary services in the management of pain both within the NHS and private sector.Dr Halfpenny works closely with multi-professional colleagues both within the private sector and other leading medical institutions. These include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, cognitive psychologists and personal trainers. His approach is to understand the mechanisms behind pain and the effect on individuals. He provides patients with personal programmes that address lifestyle, exercise and techniques aimed at pain reduction in a holistic manner.

Dr Halfpenny is also a keen sportsperson, having competed as a gymnast at a national level in South Africa. This enables him to have an invaluable insight into the management of pain in both the professional and amateur sporting arena.

Dr Halfpenny works closely with a number of sports physicians and has helped numerous leading sportsmen and women return to competitive sport at international levels. He is also clinical lead for the London Orthopaedic Clinic and is directly involved in governance and Care Quality Commission roles. He has continued to provide innovation to his clinical practice having established regular multidisciplinary pain clinics in addition to providing cutting edge interventional therapies including the use of orthobiologicals (PRP and stem cell treatments).


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Neck Pain Injections/Interventions
  • Nerve Root Injection
  • Orthobiologic Treatment for Arthritis and Sports Injuries
  • Persistent Post-Surgical Pain Conditions
  • PRP Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Injection
  • Ultrasound-Guided Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Intra-Articular and Soft Tissue Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Radiofrequency
  • Viscosupplement Injections
  • Acute Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Pain Medicine
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Conditions
  • Hypermobility
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle Inhibition
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Myofascial (soft tissue) Pain Syndromes
  • Occupational/Work Related Upper Limb Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sciatica and Disc Prolapse
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinopathies
  • Whiplash Hypermobility


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Palliative Medicine
23 years of experience
Pain Management

Vinnie specialises in the multidisciplinary, holistic management of people facing or affected by a life limiting illness. He also provides symptom control services to people affected by treatment for existing conditions, including where that treatment is aimed at cure. His particular clinical interests include pain management and anticipatory care planning. Vinnie’s services are provided free of charge to HCA patients. 

Vinnie’s primary medical qualification is from Leeds University, where he also completed
a degree in Psychology in relation to Medicine. He developed his interest in palliative medicine after seeing the difference that this type of care can make to the lives of those affected by a life-limiting illness. 

Vinnie has several years' experience as a consultant in palliative medicine in NHS
hospitals, hospices and the community in and around London and, between 2014 and 2020, uniquely in the independent sector, was employed directly by The London
Clinic to lead the provision of their in-house palliative care service. Under Vinnie’s leadership, the end of life care service was rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as ‘outstanding’ in 2017.   

In 2020, Vinnie left to take up his current position as consultant in palliative medicine
at HCA, based mainly between The Harley Street Clinic, LOC (Leaders in Oncology Care) and The Wellington Hospital. 

Vinnie and the rest of the HCA team work closely with nursing, medical and allied healthcare professionals across the London facilities and liaise with teams in the community and in other hospitals, to ensure that people receive the care that they need, wherever they are. Vinnie's services are available to people with any underlying disease or illness (whether cancer or non-cancer), at any stage of that illness. 

Vinnie has held senior clinical governance roles and maintains an interest in medical governance. He has a longstanding interest and expertise in medical ethics and law, completing a Masters degree in medical ethics and law in 2006. He has lectured widely on palliative care, and in medical ethics and law, to doctors, students and allied health professionals. 

In addition to his role at HCA , Vinnie is employed in the fitness to practise directorate of the General Medical Council (GMC) and as an ad hoc specialist adviser in end of life care by the CQC. 

Outside of work, Vinnie's interests include running, photography, reading (in particular
science fiction and contemporary Japanese fiction), and taking an active role in family life.  


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

Palliative care

End of life care

Symptom control

Supportive care

Palliative care of cancer

Palliative care of non-cancer conditions

Pain management

Advance and Anticipatory Care Planning

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Pain Management
Anaesthetics

Dr Gubbay is a Consultant in Pain Management and Anaesthesia. He graduated from Leeds University Medical School in 2001 with degrees in medicine and psychology in relation to medicine. He completed his postgraduate training in Anaesthesia and Critical Care through the Central London School of Anaesthesia, followed by his postgraduate training in pain medicine at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. During his training, Dr Gubbay also undertook two years of research at the Royal Marsden where he developed an interest in cancer pain. Dr Gubbay is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists UK, a member of the British Pain Society, and a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Dr Gubbay is proficient in several interventional pain procedures including epidurals, nerve root blocks, medial branch blocks, and trigger point injections. He has exceptional skills in the use of ultrasound for procedures ensuring a wide range of techniques. He is also a keen acupuncturist.

Dr Gubbay specialises in managing a wide range of acute and chronic pain conditions. These incorporate chronic head and neck pains including whiplash injuries, spine and musculoskeletal pain, rotator cuff injuries and leg pain from sciatica, abdominal pain, and pelvic and abdominal visceral pain. He also has an interest in nerve pain, phantom pain, trigeminal neuralgia, pain after shingles and CRPS. From his research experience, Dr Gubbay has an interest in cancer pain and opioids rationalisation for non-malignant pain.

Through his passion for education, Dr Gubbay is the clinical supervisor for anaesthetic trainees undertaking their pain modules, whilst being actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. He also lectures locally, nationally and internationally and has been published widely in anaesthesia and pain journals.

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Dr Thomas Smith

Dr Thomas Smith

1.79 miles

Dr Thomas Smith

1.79 miles
Anaesthetics
32 years of experience
Pain Management
27 years of experience