Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD


Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD

Appointed: 1988

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Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD
Department: Pain Management
Pain Consultant
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C25
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD
Department: Center for Neuro-Restoration
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C25
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD, clinical interests are pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy and regional anesthesia. He is board-certified in both pain medicine and anesthesiology.

A frequent lecturer at national and international meetings, Dr. Stanton-Hicks has authored more than 130 articles, book chapters and textbooks. Dr. Stanton-Hicks is an active member and committee chairman for numerous national and international professional societies including the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, American Academy of Pain Medicine, the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and the International Association for the Study of Pain (American Pain Society). He also has been the president of many of these organizations including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, the American Academy of Medical Infrared Imaging and the American Neuromodulation Society. In addition, Dr. Stanton-Hicks is Executive Editor of Pain Practice and serves on the editorial boards for Neuromodulation Practice and Pain Physician. He also is a reviewer for Current Review of Pain.

Dr. Stanton-Hicks has been the principal investigator for numerous funded research projects. His primary areas of research are the movement disorder of complex regional pain syndrome (also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy), pharmacologic aspects of pain management and the use of neurostimulation in pain medicine. In 1998, Dr. Stanton-Hicks received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia in recognition of his service to the society and for advancing the practice of pain medicine and regional anesthesia. In addition, Dr. Stanton-Hicks was named Scientist of the Year by the American Hershel Society, and received the William Hobbins M.D. Research Award from the American Academy of Medical Infrared Imaging for his contributions to the practice of pain medicine.

After receiving his medical degree from University of Adelaide Faculty of Medicine in Australia, Dr. Stanton-Hicks completed his internship at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. He completed residencies at Repatriation General Hospital in Adelaide, where he commenced training in orthopedic surgery, and the Royal Melbourne Hospital; Lasarett in Koping, Sweden; and Hammersmith Hospital in London where he completed training in anesthesia. In addition, he completed a fellowship in anesthesia at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Professional Highlights

  • Scientist of the Year, William Hershel Society
  • William Hobbins M.D. Research Award, American Academy of Medicine - Infrared Imaging

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Base Sick Quarters
Surgery & Medicine
Amberley, Queensland Australia
Fellowship - Hammersmith Hospital
London, England WIZOHS United Kingdom
Residency - Lasarett
Anesthesiology & Intensive Care
Koping Sweden
Residency - Repatriation General Hospital
Surgery & Medicine
Melbourne Australia
Residency - Six R.A.A.F. Hospital
Surgery & Anesthesiology
Laverton, Victoria Australia
Internship - Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Medical Internship
Adelaide Australia
Medical School - University of Adelaide Faculty of Medicine
Adelaide Australia
Undergraduate - College of Civil Aviation
Melbourne Australia


  • Royal College of Surgeons of England- Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Pain Medicine

Specialty Interests

back, back neuropathic, Back Pain, back/neck pain, CRP, complex regional pain syndrome, evaluation of back and neck pain, intensive care, interventional pain management, interventional pain management for back and neck pain, Low Back Pain, management of chronic pain, neuromodulation, neuropathic, neuropathic pain, pain, pain management, pain management including spine, Pediatric Pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, regional anesthesia, research, spinal cord stimulation, spine, spine pain

Awards & Honors

  • Lifetime Member Award, American Medical Association
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Society of Regional Anesthesia
  • Scientific Recognition Award, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association
  • Top 35 Physician Recognition in Pain Management, Good Housekeeping, 2003
  • Distinguished Service Award,  European Society of Regional Anesthesiology
  • Innovators Award, Cleveland Clinic
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Additional Training

  • Critical Care Medicine, Sweden
  • Thesis after research Dr. med
  • ABPM board certification
  • International Pain Management, FIPP

Innovations & Patents

  • Septotomy to access spinal canal
  • Peripheral neurostimulator electrode
  • Spinal cord stimulator lead


  • International Association for Study of Pain
  • American Society of Regional Analgesia
  • European Society of Regional Analgesia
  • Neuromodulation Society
  • World Institute of Pain

Treatment & Services

  • Comprehensive Pain Management
  • Management of Back and Neck Pain
  • Neurological Intensive Care
  • Neuromodulation
  • Pain Control
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Medicine
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • Second Opinion Neuropathic Pain
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Scandinavian

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