Anil K. Sharma MD

Dr. Anil K Sharma is the founder and President of Spine & Pain Centers of New Jersey and New York.  He received his fellowship training in Pain Management at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

 

Dr. Sharma has been recognized for excellence throughout his career in medicine.  After graduating as Valedictorian of his class from MGM Medical College, he received the esteemed Robert Dripps Award for Best Resident at Monmouth Medical Center, where he continues today as Director of Pain Management.  Subsequently, Dr. Sharma was named Best Graduating Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic.  His elite status was confirmed by his rating as a "Top Doc" by New Jersey Monthly magazine from 2011 to 2019  and he was profiled on the front cover in 2014. Castle Connolly also named him as the top doctor in the NY metro area every year since 2014.

 

Dr. Sharma specializes in the use of minimally invasive techniques to treat spinal disorders.  He has performed over 60,000 spinal procedures in his 27 years of clinical practice. His expertise ranges from diagnosing complicated and rare cases to pinpointing the source of back, neck, and other chronic pain conditions.   He is a leading practitioner of state-of-the-art techniques.  He has been on the faculty of several national and international spine meetings and has taught other pain physicians complex and challenging procedures.  He has also overseen numerous cadaver courses aimed at teaching new and innovative technologies for treating spinal disorders.

Dr. Sharma is a published author and experienced educator in spine care.  He has written chapters in textbooks and has recently published several review articles in significant spine journals.  He recently published several clinical guidelines through the North American Spine Society.  Dr. Sharma is a very active member of the North American Spine Society as well as the International Spine Intervention Society and sits on several key committees.

 

 

Dr. Sharma is affiliated with most of the area's major medical centers.  As testimony to his high level of devotion, compassion, and competency, Dr. Sharma's many patients include medical colleagues and their families, and countless referrals from current and former patients who have found relief of spinal pain through his care.

 

Education

 

Fellowship - Pain Management

  • 7/94 to 9/95 - The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio - Award for Best Graduating Fellow

Residency - Anesthesiology

  • 7/91 to 6/94 - Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey

Chief Resident

  • 1993-1994 - Robert D. Dripps Award for Best Graduating Resident

Internship - Internal Medicine

  • 7/90 to 6/91 - Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, New York

Medical School

  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, India - Valedictorian

 

Professional Highlights

 

Castle Connolly Top Doctors

  • 2014 to 2020

NJ Monthly

  • “Top Doctor” in Pain Management 2011 to 2020

  • Featured on the Front Cover in 2014

International Spine Intervention Society

  • Vice-Chairman of the Standards Committee 2012, 2013

  • Vice-Chairman of Appropriate Use Criteria 2012, 2013

  • Co-Chairman of Annual Conference 2012, 2013

  • Member- Standards Committee 2010- present

  • Member- International Education Committee 2015

North American Spine Society

  • Spine Line editorial Board- 2007-2013

  • Spine Journal- reviewer- 2014

  • Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines Committee—2007-present

New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

  • President 2007 - 2009

New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

  • Board Member 2009 - 2013

Monmouth Medical Center

  • Director of Pain Management 2003 - present 

 

 

Board Certifications

  • American Board of anesthesiology

  • Certificate of added qualifications in pain management

  • American Board of pain medicine

 

Specialty Interest

  • Treatment of complex spinal pain using the most advanced minimally invasive techniques.

 

Publications

 

  1. Co-Author:     Standard’s Division of International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS) Practice Guidelines for “Spinal Diagnostic and Treatment Procedures” 2nd Edition

  2. Co-Author:     “Interventional Pain Management- a practical approach” chapters written on IDET and Radiofrequency Denervation ISBN # 978 81 8448 319 2

  3. Co-Author:     “Symptom Oriented Pain Management” chapter written on Discogenic pain ISBN# 9350257971.

  4. Co-Author:     North American Spine Society Clinical Guidelines “Diagnosis and Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy From Degenerative Disorder” 2010

https://www.spine.org/Documents/ResearchClinicalCare/Guidelines/CervicalRadiculopathy.pdf

  1. Author:            North American Spine Society publication Spineline May/June 2011:  “Spinal Injections and Anticoagulants” http://www.spineline-digital.org/spineline/20110506?pg=5#pg15

  2. Author:            North American Spine Society publication Spineline Dec/Jan 2011:  “Radiofrequency Denervation” http://www.spineline-digital.org/spineline/20111112?folio=30#pg35

  3. Co-Author       North American Spine Society “Review and Recommendation Statements for Discography”

  4. Co-Author       North American Spine Society Clinical Guidelines “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation with Radiculopathy” 2012 https://www.spine.org/Documents/ResearchClinicalCare/Guidelines/LumbarDiscHerniation.pdf

  5. Co-Author North American Spine Society Evidence-Based Guidelines "Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult Isthmic Spondylolisthesis” 2015 https://www.spine.org/Documents/ResearchClinicalCare/Guidelines/Spondylolisthesis.pdf

 

 

 

Presentations

  • “Functional Anesthetic Discography" March 8, 2010, Symposium presentation Cleveland Clinic’s 12th Annual Pain Management Symposium, Coronado, CA.

  • Cadaver Course and Faculty Speaker March 9, 2010, Cleveland Clinic’s 12th Annual Pain Management Symposium, Coronado, CA.

  • “Medial Branch Block and Radiofrequency Comprehensive Literature Review” Faculty Speaker August 8-10, 2011 ISIS 19th Annual Scientific Meeting, Chicago, IL.

  • "Discogenic Pain" and cadaver workshop. International faculty FIPP exam course, March 10, 2012, Mumbai, India

  • "Validity of Lumbar Discography" Faculty Speaker July 18, 2012, ISIS 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

  • "Complications of Discography" Faculty Speaker July 18, 2012, SIS 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

  • "Current Review of Anticoagulants and Spinal Injections" Faculty Speaker July 18, 2012, ISIS 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

  • "Evidence-Based Medicine Course" Faculty Speaker July 17, 2012, SIS 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

  • "Evidence-Based Medicine Pre-Conference Course" Faculty, 24th Annual Meeting, North American Spine Society, Dallas, TX

  • “Systematic review of Fluoroscopic guided interlaminar epidural steroid injection” Faculty speaker July 2014 ISIS 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.

 

  • " Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Medicine" Course instructor, North American Spine Society Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2014, San Francisco.

 

  • "Evidence-based guidelines for spinal injections “ Speaker -International Society of Study of Pain- Annual meeting. February 2015, Indore, India.

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  • “Disc FX “ Speaker-International Society of Study of Pain-Annual Meeting. February 2015, Indore, India.

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  • “ Cadaver course for spinal Injections- Instructor, International Society of study of pain- Annual Meeting, February 2015, Indore, India.

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  • “Needle Placement “ speaker- American society of interventional Pain Management meeting, February, 26th, Orlando, Florida.

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  • "Cadaver course, Endoscopic spine procedures "- Instructor, American Society of Interventional Pain Management meeting, February 27 and 28th, Orlando, Florida.

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  • "Mechanism of Actions - Steroids" Faculty Speaker July 21, 2016, SIS 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans.

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  • “ Radiofrequency ablation – new advancements “ Faculty Speaker, International Society of Study of Pain-Annual Meeting. January 2018, New Delhi.

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