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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Pain medicine
I was appointed as a Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in February 2004, following a Fellowship in Pain Medicine based at St Bartholomew's in London.
I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.
I was Lead Clinician for the Pain Service at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for many years but, since 2017, was appointed as Clinical Director of Musculoskeletal Services at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with responsibility for the management of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Pain Services in Cambridge. I maintain a significant clinical role, based predominately at the NHS Pain Service at CUH, but also run a clinic along with consultant colleagues in pain and palliative medicine at the local Hospice for patients with intractable cancer pain.
I manage all chronic pain conditions in my normal clinical practice but have a particular interest in the management of spinal pain conditions, including neck and back pain, as well as muscular and nerve pain conditions associated with spinal pathology. I run the neuromodulation service at Cambridge along with colleagues in Pain Medicine and Neurosurgery, and regularly insert spinal cord stimulator devices for patients with severe nerve pain conditions.
I enjoy sports and try to keep myself fit by running to and from work at Addenbrooke's Hospital whenever I can. I am a good skier, a dreadful golfer and, more recently, have developed an interest in rock climbing, much to the horror of my family. Although largely self-taught, I play the piano at quite a high level.
Areas of interest
Pain management; chronic pain conditions; back pain; neck pain; nerve pain; neuropathic pain; radicular pain; ; neuromodulation; spinal cord stimulation; abdominal pain; pelvic pain; fibromyalgia; muscular pain conditions; abdominal pain; chronic headache; persistent postoperative pain; scar pain; CRPS; complex regional pain syndrome; post-herpetic neuralgia
Current NHS consultant posts held
Clinical Director MSK Services
Consultant in Pain Medicine & Anaesthesia
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 0QQ
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Antineuropathic analgesic medications
I enjoy sports and try to keep myself fit by running to and from work at Addenbrooke's Hospital whenever possible. I am a good skier, a dreadful golfer and, more recently, have developed an interest in rock climbing, much to the horror of my family. Although largely self-taught, I play the piano at quite a high level.
Recent publications include:
"Chapter 19: Pain and Analgesics" Michael Lee & Mark Abrahams
From: Clinical Pharmacology, 12th Edition. Ed: Bennett, Brown & Sharma 2017.
Diagnosis and treatment of chronic bacterial prostatitis and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: A consensus guideline.
Rees J., Abrahams M., Doble A., Cooper A.
BJU International. 116 (4) (pp 509-525), 2015.
"Chapter 9: Upper GI Cases" Mark Abrahams & Richard Hardwick
From: A Surgeon's Guide to Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care. Ed: Sturgess, Davies & Valchonov 2013
Courses offered to GPs
I regularly lecture or offer seminars on Pain Medicine topics to GPs and other groups.
I provide regular teaching sessions in Pain Medicine to the undergraduate medical students and to Foundation Year postgraduate doctors in Cambridge and am the lecturer in Acute Pain for the Final FRCA Course for the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
The risk of complications is generally very low with procedures in Pain Medicine. I can confirm that I have had no post-operative infections, readmissions, or serious complications in the past few years in my private practice.
Patient-reported outcomes (PROMS) demonstrate very good feedback from patients with all responders surveyed reporting maximum levels of satisfaction in all the domains. In particular, they reported that they were 'Very Satisfied' with my consultation, that I had explained things in a way that they could understand, and that they felt better able to understand and manage their condition after the consultation. I have had no complaints from private patients in the last few years.
- MB ChB University of Glasgow 1992
- FRCA Royal College of Anaesthetists 1999
- Diploma of Anaesthesia Royal College of Anaesthetists 1996
- FFPMRCA Royal College of Anaesthetists 2008
Reference number 3680210
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Secretary Anglian Pain Society 2019
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCST, 2003
Affiliations / memberships
The Neuromodulation Society of the United Kingdom & Ireland
The Royal College of Anaesthetists Faculty of Pain Medicine
The International Association for the Study of Pain
The British Pain Society
The Royal College of Anaesthetists
Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland
The British Medical Association
- Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital
- 18:00 - 21:00
- 01223 309524
- Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital
- 08:00 - 12:30
- 01223 309524
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.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Nina Clarke (secretary)
or contact treating hospital directly:
Spire Cambridge Lea
Nuffield Health Hospital Cambridge