Dr. Sukdeb Datta is a internationally recoginized multiple board certified interventional pain management and minimally invasive spine specialist (Diplomat,
American Board of Anesthesiology and Diplomat, American Board of Pain Medicine. He has additionally acquired the Subspecialty Certification in Pain Management awarded by the joint Boards of the American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified by the World Institute of Pain as F.I.P.P. (Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice) and as a D.A.B.I.P.P. (Diplomat, American Board of Interventional Pain Practice) conferred by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians). He has been selected as one of the top 70 Pain Management Physician’s in America.
He has been very active on international, national and local levels in promoting pain medicine. He served two consecutive terms (4 years) on the Board of Directors of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), and is now serving as the Secretary of ASIPP. He served on the Subcommittee on Chronic and Cancer Pain, American Society of Anesthesiologists, as well as the Committee on Pain, American Society of Anesthesiology. He has been nominated on the Faculty 1000 medicine, an international panel of Pain experts who will evaluate critical articles on Pain Management.
Dr. Sukdeb Datta was the Director, Interventional Pain Management Program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. He also served as the Division Chief, Pain Medicine Division within the Department of Anesthesiology and the Program Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University is consistently ranked as one of the top academic institutions in the United States.
He has an active interest in translational pain research and his pastfunded research grant looks at new treatments based on potential mechanisms of neuropathic pain. Increased understanding of the complex interaction between different mechanisms that underlie neuropathic pain is “sorely” needed in order to develop effective new therapies for neuropathic disorders. The superficial dorsal horn (SDH) of the spinal cord is a key region in the neural system subserving nociception, the presumed site of “gating” mechanisms that regulate sensitivity to noxious stimuli, and therefore, is one of the key sites for studies aimed at developing new treatments for neuropathic pain. His research focuses on detailed anatomic studies of different markers of neuropathic pain in the SDH like morphine, cholecystokinin, neurokinin and neuropeptide Y in both normal and neuropathic rats and complex modeling of clinical human neuropathic pain. These experiments may reveal a new strategy for managing intractable neuropathic pain. His funded clinical research interests include therapies for opioid induced bowel dysfunction, correlation of autonomic dysfunction and spinal cord stimulation and the role of pain management techniques in the management of epidural scar tissue formation.
Dr. Sukdeb Datta is an Associate editor of the Pain Physician journal and on the editorial board of the Frontiers in Pain Pharmacology and Therapeutics journal. He has been an invited guest reviewer to journals such as Anesthesiology, Spine, Pain Practice, The Journal of Pain, Pain Medicine and Pain. He has contributed several book chapters to various books and also been interested in evidence based guidelines. He has been involved in the development of evidence based guidelines for management of spinal pain by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Presently, Dr. Datta is intimately involved in the 2010 Guidelines development on the use of opioids by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physician.
Dr. Datta has constantly innovated and one of his articles published in 2004 led to the development of an innovative technique of performing the lumbar sympathetic block named after him (the paradiscal extraforaminal technique of Datta and Pai). He has been invited as Grand Rounds speaker at premier institutes such Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital for Cancer in New York.
Dr. Datta has been listed on the Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America (2002-present), Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2002-present), Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare (2003-2010); Princeton Premier (2009-2010) and as an Outstanding Young Man of America (1998).
To complement his clinical, research and academic activities, Dr. Datta is a well recognized and respected national teacher and educator. Dr. Datta has been invited to serve as faculty at numerous cadaver workshops to demonstrate advanced techniques in interventional pain management by prestigious societies like the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has moderated several scientific sessions in the meetings of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia. Recognizing his premier role in Pain Education, he is one of the members of the Council of Examiners, American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. This Council of Examiners is responsible for planning and implementation of an examination to certify American Physicians in the field of Interventional Pain Management.