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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Pain medicine
Dr Joseph Azzopardi is a Consultant in Pain Medicine & Anaesthesia at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital. Graduating from the University of Malta in 1993, he received Anaesthesia and Pain training in Dublin and London. In 2000, he was a visiting fellow in Regional Anaesthesia in Uppsala, Sweden. Subsequently in 2002 to 2004, he acquired Advanced Specialist training in Pain Medicine in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia where he developed his interests in Interventional Pain Management, Neuromodulation and Cancer Pain.
Dr Azzopardi is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists UK. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2004. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Dr Azzopardi treats patients with degenerative spine disease, back and neck pain, arm pain and sciatica. He dedicates a significant part of his clinical time managing Cancer Pain and has been actively involved with the development of Multidisciplinary Integrated Cancer Pain Services at Guys and St.Thomas’ Foundation Trust. He also contributes to the Acute Pain Service in Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital.
His clinical interests include Interventional Pain Management therapies, Radiofrequency Ablation, Neuromodulation (Spinal Cord Stimulation & Neuro-axial Drug Delivery) and Advanced Ablative Therapies for Cancer Pain, Post Surgical Pain, Cancer Pain Management & Symptom Control.
Dr Azzopardi also provides Medico-Legal specialist reports and accepts instructions for defendant and claimant personal injury. He has a keen interest in Medical Education and sits on the London Deanery Pain Training Advisory Group Committee. He has until recently been the Educational Supervisor for Advanced Pain Training in Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital.His Anaesthetic interests include Difficult Airway Anaesthesia, Regional Anaesthesia and Anaesthesia in the Developing World. He has been the Lead anaesthetist on numerous charity missions in Ethiopia with Facing Africa and Project Harar.
Areas of interest
Spinal Pain; Neck Pain; Low Back Pain; Radicular Pain; Brachialgia; Sciatica; Cancer Pain; Post-Surgical Pain; Neuropathic Pain; CRPS - Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; Renal Pain; Pelvic Pain; Male Pelvic Pain; Testicular Pain; Visceral Pain; Abdominal Pain; Chronic Pancreatitis; Joint Pain (shoulder, hip, knee, sacroiliac; Headache; Facial Pain; Interventional therapies for Spinal Pain; Radiofrequency ablation therapies for spinal pain and joint pain; Pulsed Radiofrequency therapy; Sympathectomy; Neurolytic blockade for cancer pain; Coeliac Plexus Blockade
Current NHS consultant posts held
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Interventional Pain Management
Joint Pain (shoulder, hip, knee)
Chronic Post Surgical Pain
Neurolytic interventions for Advanced Cancer Pain
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Maltese - Native or bilingual
- Italian - Fluent
- Arabic - Basic
- French - Basic
- MD University of Malta 1993
- FRCA Royal College of Anaesthetists 1999
- FFPMANZCA Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian & NewZealand College of Anaesthetists 2004
- FFPMRCA Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists 2006
- Fellowship in Regional Anaesthesia Akademiska sjukhuset Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden 2001
- Fellowship in Pain Medicine Prince of Wales Hospital - Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2002
- Fellowship in Pain Medicine Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA, Australia 2003
Reference number 4750794
Details of entry to specialist register
- Consultant in Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine, 2005
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Anaesthetists
Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian & NewZealand College of Anaesthetists
British Pain Society
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London Bridge Hospital / SHARD - 0207 307 4000
Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth - 0207 806 4000