A Consultant in Pain Medicine, Dr Ivan Ramos-Galvez came to the UK from Barcelona in 1997. His current NHS practice is at the Royal Berkshire Hospital with a private practice at Spire Dunedin and Circle Hospitals in Reading.
After extensive training in spinal surgery at the Oxford Deanery, he undertook further specialisation in pain medicine. His understanding of the interactions between these complex areas of medicine means he is often called upon to provide an opinion within his clinical practice or as an expert witness where spinal surgery has led to complications.
His range of expertise with regards pain is widespread and his particular areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Spinal Pain
- Chronic and chronic widespread pain
- Chronic Pain Syndromes
- Neuropathic pain
- Pelvic Mesh Pain
- Phantom limb pain and Post Mastectomy Pain Syndrome
- Multi-disciplinary pain management
Dr Ramos-Galvez has developed close links into several other specialisms including spinal surgery and cancer/palliative care and is frequently called upon to treat patients when conventional methods of pain relief have failed.
He extends his knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of the spine to aid in the long-term treatment of patients in pain. Being part of a large trauma department, he has a fundamental and in-depth understanding of how neuropathic pain and CRPS may be triggered by surgery or trauma. This encompasses the multiple surgical techniques used today in this field.
He has a special interest in neuropathic pain and CRPS and has developed a treatment portfolio ranging from simple oral anti-neuropathic agents to neuromodulation.
He has developed a multi-disciplinary unit for the assessment and treatment of patients suffering with fibromyalgia within his practice and incorporates a large spectrum of pharmacological options, as well as rehabilitative programs.
He is a strong advocate and leader in the education of both patients and primary care physicians. He is regularly called on to speak on the widespread impact of chronic pain and the benefits of early management of the disease. He developed a training program for junior doctors in acute pain management in the North Thames (Imperial Deanery) and is a published author of several chapters in internationally acclaimed textbooks of pain medicine as well as journals. He also developed the training program for the management of acute and chronic pain for the Royal College of Surgeons.
When not at work, Dr Ramos-Galvez enjoys spending time with his family, orienteering, hiking, cycling and kayaking. He also likes to relax with a deep, meaningful film that triggers debate, and when time permits indulges in his passion in historical reading.
Languages: Spanish and English