Srinivasa N. Raja, M.D. is Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology and Director of Pain Research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Raja received his residency training in Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and post-doctoral training at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, Charlottesville.
Dr. Raja’s clinical interests include management of chronic neuropathic pain states, such as persistent post-surgical pain, postherpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndromes, and post-amputation pain. His recent research efforts are aimed at understanding the peripheral and central mechanisms of neuropathic pain and in identifying novel peripheral targets for alleviating chronic neuropathic pain.
Dr. Raja joined the editorial board of the journal Anesthesiology as an Associate Editor in 1993 and subsequently served as an Editor from 1998-2006. Dr. Raja was a Section Editor for the journal, PAIN, from 2012- 2014 and a member of the FDA scientific advisory panel for CDER (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research). Dr. Raja served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Congress on Pain from 2008-12 and was nominated as the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 15th World Congress on Pain in Buenos Aires in 2014. He was the Chair of NeuPSIG, the neuropathic pain special interest group of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain, from 2014-16. He was appointed as a member of the Federal Pain Research Strategy Steering Committee, 2015 that was charged with coordinating the research efforts in the field of pain across all US federal funding agencies. He was appointed in 2019 as a member of The Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
Dr. Raja and his collaborators have received funding from the National Institutes of Health for their research for nearly 30 years, and have published more than 200 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is an author of 25 editorials, over 60 book chapters, and an editor of five textbooks related to pain medicine. Dr. Raja has been invited as a Visiting Professor to several institutions, including the Benjamin G. Covino Lecture at Harvard University (2007) and the John J Bonica Lecture at the University of Washington (2008). He was the recipient of the Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award from the American Pain Society (2008) and the prestigious John J. Bonica Award from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine in November (2010). He was the recipient of the Donlin M. Long award from Johns Hopkins in 2011 and the James Heavner Basic Science Lectureship Award from the Texas Pain Society, 2016. He was invited as a Plenary Speaker at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society in 2018.