Dr. Nadya Dhanani is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management, specializing in interventional pain management. Her clinical interests include all aspects of pain medicine, and her primary focus is treating spinal and cancer-related pain.

Dr. Dhanani earned her bachelor’s in biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. She completed her internship training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and her residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she served as chief resident. In addition, she was an instructor at Harvard Medical School and served on clinical faculty in the department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Dhanani relocated to Houston to complete her fellowship in pain medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Dhanani has expertise in all aspects of interventional pain management, including:

  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fractures
  • Stellate, celiac plexus, lumbar sympathetic, superior hypogastric and ganglion impar blocks and neurolysis
  • Facet injections, medial branch nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablations
  • Sacroiliac joint blocks and strip lesioning, using radiofrequency ablation
  • Transforaminal, interlaminar and causal epidural steroid injections
  • Greater and lesser occipital, supraorbital and suprascapular nerve blocks
  • Joint and muscle injections
  • Spinal cord stimulator trials and implant

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Nadya M. Dhanani, MD


Graduate School
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Transitional Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Pain Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center


Publication Information

  1. Dhanani NM and Jiang Y. Reply. Olfactory disorders after general anesthesia. J Clin Anesth. 2013 Feb; 25(1):73-4.
  2. Dhanani NM and Jiang Y. Anosmia as a complication of general anesthesia. J Clin Anesth. 2012 May; 24(3):231-3.
  3. Dhanani NM, Caruso TJ, Carinci AJ. Complementary and alternative medicine for pain: an evidence-based review. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2011 Feb; 15(1): 39-46.
  4. Govindarajan A, Rao BS, Nair D, Trinh M, Mawjee N, Tonegawa S, Chattarji S. Transgenic brain-derived neurotrophic factor expression causes both anxiogenic and antidepressant effects. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2006; 103(35): 13208-13.