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Dr Alan Fayaz
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  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • Department of Targeted Intervention
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I am a substantive consultant in Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care at the University College London Hospital NHS Trust; my clinical interests include the management of patients with neuropathic pain, and pain relating to complex neurological disease. Over the past two years I have helped establish the UK’s first ever specialist (joint) pain and neurology clinic at my Healthcare Trust, and also developed a specialist multidisciplinary clinic, offering one-stop-shop access to pain medicine, physiotherapy and psychology for patients with complex bio-psycho-social needs.


I studied preclinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge and clinical medicine at Imperial College London. I subsequently completed specialist training in General Medicine, at various sites across the Imperial School network in West London. During my training, I arranged a secondment to the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, in Belgium, where I practiced Internal Medicine and Palliative Care. After achieving Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, I completed seven years of specialist training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Barts and the London Schools, before undertaking Advanced Pain Training at Barts Health NHS Trust, and Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trusts. In 2012 the Faculty of Pain Medicine awarded me with the Examination Prize, for achieving the top score at the FFPMRCA examination. I have also been awarded the Nuffield Gold Medal, from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, for my performance in the primary FRCA examination.

Research Summary

My research interests include: chronic pain epidemiology, treatment of chronic neuropathic pain, and the emerging role of cannabinoids in pain medicine. In 2017, Imperial College London awarded me a Doctorate in Medical Research MD(Res), following submission of my Thesis. Publications from my Doctorate include a contemporaneous assessment of the prevalence of chronic pain in the United Kingdom, published in the British Medical Journal. This paper has been cited over 190 times since publication in 2016, and boasts an altmetric score in the top 5% of all research outputs scored to date. I am one of the founding members of PERC@UCH; Pain Education and Research Centre. Current projects include the role of lidocaine in functional abdominal pain, perioperative pain reduction and the role of cannabis and psychedelic in pain medicine.

Teaching Summary

I have strong links with undergraduate and postgraduate education. I have worked with the Faculty of Pain Medicine, and Mercy Ships to deliver EPM (Essentials of Pain Medicine) training to healthcare Professionals in Africa. I am the lead for pain education at UCH and in this remit have formally integrated pain medicine training into the undergraduate curriculum with an online module entitled Essentials of Pain Medicine. At a national level, I am the Regional Lead for EPM in London; and present on various topics pertaining to peri-operative or chronic pain management at various conferences around the country, including annually at the Royal College of Anaesthetists update day.

29-JAN-2020 – 28-JAN-2023 Honorary Associate Professor Targeted Intervention UCL, United Kingdom
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