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Consultant in Pain Medicine at the Walton Centre since 2009.
I have a specialist neuropathic pain clinic on Monday afternoon where I offer comprehensive assessment for patients with peripheral and central neuropathic pain and will provide patients with a management plan including pharmacology, topical day case procedures (high dose capsaicin and Botolinum Toxin A injection) and multidiciplinary workup for a psychological based pain management programme or more invasive neuromodulation approaches.
On Tuesaday morning I offer a specialist opioid management clinic where I offer assessment and opioid reduction facilitated via a nurse led clinic and the option of a hospital admission if required. I also offer systematic trials with strong opioids to assess responsiveness before formulating a long term opioid management plan.
Together with our team from the Walton Centre Pain Management Programme I see patients with chronic widespread pain/fibromyaliga and other chronic pain conditions on a Friday and Young Adults once a months.
Areas of interest
Neuropathic pain (Post herpetic neuralgia, post operative and post traumatic nerve injuries, MS pain, Central Post Stroke Pain, Central Pain due to spinal cord injury or syringomyelia); Opioid Management including detoxification, Pain Management (Musculoskeletal Pain and Young Adults), Chronic Widespread Pain and Fibromyalgia.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant in Pain Medicine
The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Foundation Trust
Neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia, Clinical Pharmacology of Pain, Opioid Management
(Additional) Languages spoken
- German - Fluent
Grayston R, Czanner G, Elhadd K, Goebel A, Frank B, Uceyler N, et al. A systematic review and meta-
analysis of the prevalence of small fiber pathology in fibromyalgia. Implications for a new paradigm in fibromyalgia etiopathogenesis. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2018.
Goebel A, Jacob A, Frank B, Sacco P, Alexander G, Philips C, et al. Mycophenolate for persistent complex regional pain syndrome, a parallel, open, randomised, proof of concept trial. Scand J Pain. 2018;18(1):29-37.
Goebel A, Bisla J, Carganillo R, Frank B, Gupta R, Kelly J, et al. Low-Dose Intravenous Immunoglobulin Treatment for Long-Standing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2017;167(7):476-83.
Goebel A, Bisla J, Carganillo R, Cole C, Frank B, Gupta R, et al. A randomised placebo-controlled Phase III multicentre trial: low-dose intravenous immunoglobulin treatment for long-standing complex regional pain syndrome (LIPS trial). Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation. Southampton (UK)2017.
Goebel A, Misbah S, Maciver K, Haynes L, Burton J, Philips C, Frank B, et al. Immunoglobulin maintenance therapy in long-standing complex regional pain syndrome, an open study. Rheumatology. 2013;52(11):2091-3.
Frank B, Serpell MG, Hughes J, Matthews JN, Kapur D. Comparison of analgesic effects and patient tolerability of nabilone and dihydrocodeine for chronic neuropathic pain: randomised, crossover, double blind study. Bmj. 2008;336(7637):199-201.
Courses offered to GPs
Opioid Management Course for a nominal fee of £50 organised via the Pain Relief Foundation. Fee will be refunded after submitted evaluation. For further details see link below.
- Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine College of Anaesthetists of Ireland 2010
- Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists Royal College of Sugeons in Ireland 2005
- Doctor of Medicine Newcastle University 2005
- 3rd State Exam Univeristy of Kiel, Germany 1996
- Felloship Exam Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Australian and New Zealand Collge of Anaesthetists 2007
Reference number 4485117
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Chair of the Neuropathic Pain Specialist Interest Group British Pain Sciety 2014
Affiliations / memberships
- Lower LaneFazakerleyLIVERPOOLL9 7LJ
- 17:00 - 19:00
- 07951 169837
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.