Vasudha Goel, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Vasudha Goel

Contact Info

Office Address:
Mayo B522

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 294
Mpls, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Jaden Turner

Administrative Email

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Medical School, Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India, 1999-2004

Residency, Anesthesiology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 2008-2011

Fellowship, Pain Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA, 2011-2012


As an Interventional Pain Management specialist, I enjoy the privilege of working with patients to find avenues to improve their quality of life. I work in a multidisciplinary team diagnosing and managing chronic pain patients using a variety of interventional techniques.


Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Indian Medical Association


Research Summary/Interests

"Comprehensive Pain Institute". Collaborating with oncology, palliative and neurosurgery, to develop the chronic pain implantable electronic device program. Completed a number of successful spinal cord stimulator implants, intrathecal drug delivery system implants. Performed the first peripheral nerve stimulator in the MHealth Fairview system for both cancer and non-cancer chronic pain patients.



Goel, V., Kaizer, A., Patwardhan, A. M., Ibrahim, M., Sivanesan, E., Shankar, H., & DeSimone, D. (2022). Post-operative oral antibiotic use and infection-related complications after spinal cord stimulator surgery. Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society. doi: 10.1111/ner.13325

Goel, V. (in press, accepted ). Polyanalgesic Appropriateness Consensus Conference (PACC): Intrathecal Drug Delivery Guidance on Safety and Therapy Optimization. Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society. 

Goel, V., Kumar, V., Sivanesan, E., Patwardhan, A. M., Ibrahim, M., Darrow, D., & Shankar, H. (2021). Procedure-related outcomes including readmission following spinal cord stimulator implant procedures - a retrospective cohort study. Anesthesia and Analgesia. PMID: 34914642 doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005816

Martin, L. F., Moutal, A., Cheng, K., Washington, S. M., Calligaro, H., Goel, V., Kranz, T., Largent-Milnes, T. M., Khanna, R., Patwardhan, A., & Ibrahim, M. M. (2021). Green Light Antinociceptive and Reversal of Thermal and Mechanical Hypersensitivity Effects Rely on Endogenous Opioid System Stimulation. The Journal of Pain. PMID: 34157406 doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2021.05.006

Goel, V., Patwardhan, A. M., Ibrahim, M., Yang, Y., Sivanesan, E., Banik, R. K., Shannon, C., & Shankar, H. (2021). Industry Payments to Pain Medicine Physicians: An Analysis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Open Payments Program. Pain Medicine (Malden, Mass.), 22(6), 1376-1386. PMID: 33765136 doi: 10.1093/pm/pnaa450

Goel, V., Moran, B., Kaizer, A. M., Sivanesan, E., Patwardhan, A. M., Ibrahim, M., DeWeerth, J. C., Shannon, 4th, C., & Shankar, H. (2021). Opioid Prescriptions by Pain Medicine Physicians in the Medicare Part D Program: A Cross-Sectional Study. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 132(6), 1748-1755. PMID: 33591120 doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005399

Lee, J. Z., Glasgow, A. E., Habermann, E. B., Scott, L., Shen, W. K., Kusumoto, F. M., McLeod, C. J., Goel, V., Kaginele, P., Cha, Y. M., Friedman, P. A., Asirvatham, S. J., & Mulpuru, S. K. (2021). Liposomal bupivacaine during subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation for pain management. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE, 44(3), 513-518. PMID: 33494121 doi: 10.1111/pace.14175

Goel, V., & Shankar, H. (2021). Response to Letter to the Editor Regarding: "Adverse Events and Complications Associated With Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems: Insights From the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) Database". (4th ed., vol. 24, pp. 798). Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society. PMID: 34160872 doi: 10.1111/ner.13418


Teaching Areas

Site Director for the Pain medicine fellowship program, University of Minnesota


Board Certifications

American Board of Anesthesiology