After qualifying as a doctor at Sapienza University of Rome in 2005, Dr Stefano Palmisani studied anaesthesiology for four years at University Hospital Sant’Andrea, one of the headquarters of Sapienza University of Rome Medical School. He went on to enhance his knowledge of pain medicine with higher specialist training at Valencia General Hospital before adding to his expertise at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
In 2011, Dr Palmisani was appointed to his current position of Consultant in Pain Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, where today he specialises in interventional pain medicine with a particular focus on minimally invasive endoscopic spine interventions, neuromodulation (alteration of nerve activity) together with clinical research. He is also a member of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Pain Department’s neuromodulation team, which is responsible for performing around 10% of all the UK’s annual neuromodulation procedures.
One of Dr Palmisani’s key initiatives has been the establishment of an endoscopic spine pain interventions service at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, where he carries out endoscopic rhizolysis treatment (nerves are intentionally heat-damaged under direct vision to prevent the relay of signals to the spine) on facet joints and sacroiliac (lower back & buttock) joints.
Currently working at London Bridge Hospital in addition to his main base at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Palmisani is a natural collaborator who is a firm believer in a multi-specialist approach. He plays a key role in a multidisciplinary tertiary referrals facial pain clinic tasked with treating patients with complex facial pains and headache syndromes and he is joint head of a clinic dealing with pelvic pain and urinary disorders.
Dedicated to research and education, he is the author of five journal and book chapters and has had several research articles published in peer-reviewed international journals