Pain Management Specialist
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Krishnan Chakravarthy, MD, PhD, is an anesthesiologist who specializes in multi-modal pain management. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates, diagnoses and treats all forms of pain. Dr. Chakravarthy performs a variety of procedures to treat chronic pain, specializing in dorsal root stimulation therapy, a type of neurostimulation therapy designed to manage pain in areas of the lower body such as the foot, knee, hip or groin; dorsal column stimulation; and peripheral nerve stimulation.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Chakravarthy instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. His research interests include incorporating new technology into advancing pain care. This includes advancing the field of neuromodulation as well as using nanotechnology to develop new drug delivery and point of care device platforms to manage chronic pain.

His research work has been featured in national and international venues and has been published in top journals, including AnesthesiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and Pain.

Dr. Chakravarthy currently serves on the editorial board of several national and international peer reviewed journals, and committees on organizations such as the International Neuromodulation Society.

He completed fellowship training in pain management at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and residency training in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Chakravarthy earned his medical and doctorate degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

An entrepreneur, Dr. Chakravarthy is a founder of several biotechnology startup companies focusing on nanotechnology small molecule development in the chronic pain space.

Outside of work, Dr. Chakravarthy enjoys squash. He speaks Tamil and is conversant in French.