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Ajay D. Wasan, MD, MSc
Pain Specialist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

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Research Narrative:

Dr. Wasan is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He is the Director of the Section of Clinical Pain Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  He is board certified in Pain Medicine and completed fellowship training in interventional pain medicine in the Anesthesiology Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  He is also board certified in psychiatry and completed a residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins.  In his clinical work, he sees patients at the Brigham and Women’s Pain Management Center, a multidisciplinary pain treatment center.  He has particular expertise in the psychiatric co-morbidities of chronic pain and in the use of opioids, neuropathic pain medications, psychotropic medications, and interventional procedures. 

Dr. Wasan also directs a clinical research program and coordinates the efforts of five other faculty members. This includes clinical trials, qualitative studies, and neuroimaging studies.  The Section of Clinical Pain Research is funded from a diversity of sources, such as NIH, industry, and private foundations.  Dr. Wasan has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts.  These are in the general area of pain outcomes research, and cover topics such as opioid treatment, CAM treatment, interventional treatments, neuropathic pain assessment, and the impact of psychiatric factors on pain response.