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Pain Specialists Australia Director and Co-Founder Dr Nick Christelis holds two specialist medical qualifications (Fellowships) in pain medicine: one from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA), for which he received with a Merit Award and the other, from the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FFPMRCA) in London (UK).

Dr Christelis is trained in all aspects of pain medicine including interventional pain medicine techniques. His expertise covers most types of chronic pain like spinal pain and neuropathic pain, which is proving difficult to treat by other specialists. He is also specialised in advanced pain interventional techniques like nerve and joint blocks, epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation and other advanced neuromodulation techniques. He has particular expertise in managing lumbar pain and sciatica, neck, shoulder and arm pain, facial pains/headaches and pelvic pain.

He undertook his medical training in his home South Africa, before moving to the United Kingdom, where he completed his specialist training in pain medicine and anaesthesia at London’s prestigious Imperial School of Anaesthesia.

He worked as a pain consultant for 2 years in the pain management unit at The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London before moving to Melbourne in 2009 to take up appointments as Consultant in Pain Medicine, Head of Pain Service, and Anaesthetist at The Alfred Hospital. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University, and a Visiting Pain Specialist in a number of Melbourne hospitals.

He has published much pain-relevant research, and is a reviewer for the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA). His research extends to an Alfred-Monash based collaboration focused on translational pain, and he teaches extensively in pain medicine both to his patients and to training pain doctors.

Dr. Christelis practices 100% in the field of pain medicine. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Pain medicine
  • Anaesthesia
  • Chronic Pain

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