IASP-ISSP Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Pain Management Program

The IASP-ISSP Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Pain Management Program, a partnership between the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the Indian Society for the Study of Pain (ISSP), will bring together experts from multiple specialties to provide a unique education and training experience for health-care professionals in India.  This program is supported by Janssen.

The program will provide an interactive, participatory, educational experience for health-care workers interested in pain management. The curriculum will include fundamentals of pain physiology and pathophysiology and practical concepts of the assessment, diagnosis, and interdisciplinary management of acute and chronic pain conditions. In small-group sessions, it will to cover topics relevant to day-to-day clinical practice and provide learning materials and tools to help manage patients with a broad spectrum of pain conditions. The courses will takes place over five months, with three two-day in-person sessions at two sites -- Delhi and Mumbai. 

  • First Session: Pain Mechanisms and Assessment
    • Mumbai - March 7-8, 2017
    • Delhi - March 10-11, 2017
  • Second Session: Clinical Pain States: Diagnosis, Psychosocial Evaluation and Management
    • Delhi - May 2-3, 2017
    • Mumbai - May 5-6, 2017
  • Third Session: Evidence-Based Guidelines, Interventional Therapies and Multimodal Management
    • Delhi - July 11-12, 2017
    • Mumbai - July 14-15, 2017
IASP-ISSP Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Pain Management Program IASP-ISSP Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Pain Management Program



Dr. Srinivasa N. Raja, (Program Chair) Director of Pain Research, Division of Pain Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Medicine, United States
Dr. Ralf Baron, Head of the Division of Neurological Pain Research and Therapy and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet Kiel, Germany
Dr. Robert Edwards, Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School, and Clinical Psychologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, United States

Local Program Coordinators:


Chair: Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Co-Chair: Dr. G.P. Dureja, Delhi Pain Management Centre


Chair: Dr. Preeti Doshi, Vice President, ISSP, Jaslok Hospital
Co-Chair: Dr. Parmanand Jain, Tata Memorial Hospital

Indian Advisory Board

Dr. BB Mishra, President, ISSP; Dhanwantri Hospital
Dr. Geeta Joshi, President Elect, ISSP; The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute
Dr. Muralidhar Joshi, Hon. Secretary, ISSP; Joshi’s Institute of Pain
Dr. P. Vijayanand, Hon. Treasurer, ISSP; Sri Ramakrishna Pain Management Institute
Dr. Pradeep Jain, Gangaram Hospital 
Dr. Ashok Saxena, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for physicians in India who desire to pursue pain management as part of their career goal and who specialize in one of the following fields: anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, orthopaedic surgery, psychiatry, psychology, or rehabilitation medicine.

How to Apply

Thank you to all who applied. The application deadline was January 25, 2017, and no additional applications will be accepted.

Program acceptance announcements will be made by February 8, 2017.  

Please send questions about the application process via email to IASPDesk@iasp-pain.org.

Registration and Travel

All selected candidates will be asked to pay a registration fee of US$300. This fee covers the costs of meals and all on-site activities and workshops for the program. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from their selected site location (Delhi or Mumbai) and accommodations during the program.  All registered program participants must be IASP members.