Dr Ravi Agrawal

Anaesthetist, proceduralist and pain medicine fellow.

Of all our health professionals, not many have travelled quite so far and wide in the pursuit of solutions to persistent pain as Dr Ravi Agrawal.

One degree wasn't enough for Ravi. He's completed two degrees in the field of anaesthetics and is months away from completing his second fellowship as a pain medicine specialist. His thirst for knowledge means he's forever learning, both from his mentors and his patients.

MY APPROACH

Pain need not be endured.

"So many people are taught they simply have to 'deal with' their pain. This never felt right to me. Pain is a message. I believe it's important we listen to and learn from it."

My areas of expertise

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Widespread pain

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Abdominal and visceral pain

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Gut microbiome health

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Minimally-invasive pain procedures

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Patient education

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Multidisciplinary care

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Mental health care

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And more...

Experience

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19+ years medical experience

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14+ years anaesthetics experience

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10+ years pain medicine experience

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5+ years performing procedures

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Dr Ravi speaks several languages, including Hindi, English and Gujarati. This is very helpful for patients who find it easiest to communicate in their native language.

My Story

In my early years as a medical doctor, I noticed many of my patients believed they just had to endure pain. This idea that, as humans, we simply had to “endure” pain never quite made sense to me, even as a child. I felt that pain was there for a purpose – to tell us something that would otherwise go unnoticed – and that we ought to pay attention it.

Following my medical training, I found there was a significant gap in my knowledge of pain. I understood acute pain and could treat it well, but I wanted a deeper understanding of chronic pain – pain for which the ‘purpose’ was more difficult to distinguish.

This led me into the field of anaesthetics. Upon completing my degree, I moved to Singapore to complete my first pain fellowship. Evidently, my interest in pain only grew during this time. I went on to complete further studies: a Diploma of Pain Medicine in Ireland and now, a second pain fellowship in Australia. I’ve now also completed an additional two years of advanced clinical training in minimally invasive pain procedures. It’s been a long road and a lot of study, but my passion for pain medicine has carried me through.

I believe my role as a doctor is to help patients (and their families) to better understand their pain and guide them towards the solutions most appropriate for their unique condition. I feel very fortunate to be able to help so many people overcome pain.

My Approach

There are so many factors to consider when it comes to chronic pain. Lifestyle, movement patterns, mental health factors, the gut microbiome; the list goes on and on. The more I learn about pain, the more I lean towards a holistic treatment approach. This usually involves a combination of multidisciplinary care and tailored medical interventions – but always varies depending upon the needs of the patient.

Qualifications

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Medical degree, MBBS, 2000

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Anaesthetist, Doctorate in Medicine, Anaesthesia, MD, 2005

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Pain Specialist, Fellowship Pain Medicine, 2010

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Anaesthetist, Fellow of College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland, 2016

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Diploma in Pain Management, 2016

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Pain Fellow, ANZCA, Present

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Pain Proceduralist, Present

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