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Biography

Dr. Ogi Visnjevac is a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic Canada. Dr. Visnjevac has an extensive background in regenerative medicine techniques, ultrasound-based techniques, visceral pain management and cancer pain interventions along with management of common musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain states.

Born in Sarajevo and raised in Toronto, Dr. Visnjevac relocated to St. George’s University in Grenada to obtain his Doctor of Medicine. He went on to complete his residency in anesthesiology in New York before finishing his fellowship in pain management at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. During his time at Cleveland Clinic, he was awarded the Caregiver Award for his compassionate clinical care.

Dr. Visnjevac treats all kinds of pain and is passionate about improving the quality of his patients’ lives. He is particularly interested in interventional headache procedures (nerve blocks in the head and neck to treat craniofacial pain and headaches) and epidurals for acute sciatica. Patients often see a profound reduction in sciatica symptoms if they receive treatment in the first few weeks or months.

A dedicated researcher, Dr. Visnjevac has been published in numerous medical books and journals and presented his findings at conferences across North America. He enjoys working in the community in a primary care setting and truly enjoys building a rapport with his patients. Dr. Visnjevac founded The Central America Relief Project, where he acted as president for ten years. He oversaw donations of medical supplies to Guatemala and El Salvador and managed Canadian volunteers.

Dr. Visnjevac enjoys teaching and inspiring medical students, residents, and other interested students. He regularly gives lectures and teaches clinical workshops and clinical bedside education, which he feels is the most rewarding of the three. Dr. Visnjevac currently holds the role of Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at McMaster University’s Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management.

When he’s not seeing patients, Dr. Visnjevac loves spending time with his wife and kids. One of their favourite destinations is the Toronto Zoo.

Education/Training

Fellowship
Pain Management
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
Residency
Anesthesiology
State University of New York: University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
Doctor of Medicine
University of Western Ontario
Grenada, West Indies
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
University of Western Ontario
Plant Sciences
London, ON

Certifications

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC), Anesthesiology
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology (D.ABA), Anesthesiology
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology (D.ABA), Pain Medicine Subspecialty Board Provider, ACLS

Specialty Interests

  • Interventional headache procedures
  • Epidurals for acute sciatica
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Atypical Facial Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Burning Mouth Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Causalgia
  • Central Pain Syndrome
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical Facet Pain
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Myofascial Pain
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Coccydynia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Causalgia
  • Erythromelalgia
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Herniated Disc
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuropathy – Diabetic
  • Occipital Headache
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Pain
  • Painful Joints
  • Painful Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Pars Fracture
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Regenerative Medicine Techniques
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus) and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spine Pain
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Temporomandibular Disorders
  • Tension Headaches
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
  • Whiplash Injury

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (ASRA)
  • Canadian Pain Society (CPS): Interventional Pain Special Interest Group
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)