Washington University Pain Management Center

The Pain Management Center was established to provide relief for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain. We provide our patients individualized treatment and the most advanced services available. The primary goals of treatment include:

  • Decreasing pain
  • Increasing mobility
  • Diminishing dependency on pain medication
  • Decreasing medical complications of pain
  • Decreasing length of hospital stays and frequency of visits
  • Allowing patients to be involved in their own pain management

Our primary office is located on the Washington University School of Medicine Campus. We are on the 10th floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine. This office is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital. We also have a suburban office which is located in Creve Coeur, at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. This office is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

For pain management patients, visit our Pain Management Center at pain.wustl.edu.


Pain Medicine Fellowship

The Department of Anesthesiology and Washington University School of Medicine, together with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, sponsor an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Anesthesiology Pain Medicine. Through this fellowship training program, we are committed to providing top-quality experience to pain management fellowship trainees, with a balanced exposure to acute, chronic, and cancer pain. Washington University Pain Fellowship is a rounded training program with tailored didactics, strong interventional exposures, and a work-life balance. Currently, we have three adult pain fellows per year. We built our program on a collegial/family culture and have a small 1:4 fellow-to-faculty ratio. By training here, you be part of our Washington University Pain family.  

Adult & Pediatric Pain Dual Fellowship

The Department of Anesthesiology and Washington University School of Medicine, together with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, sponsor an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Anesthesiology Pain Medicine. There is now an option for a pediatric-focused track through this training program. The fellow on this combined track will care for both children and adults experiencing acute and chronic pain, and spend half of their time in pediatric pain and other half on adult pain management. The fellow will be eligible to sit for the ABA Pain Board upon completion of his/her training. Currently, we have one adult/pediatric pain fellow per year.  


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Lesley Rao, MD, named chief of pain management division

Lesley Rao, MD, named chief of pain management division
Dr. Rao will lead the clinical and educational responsibilities of the Pain Management Division, serve as the clinical section chief of the Washington University Pain Center, and operate as the director of the Pain Management Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.