Department of Pain Management, Cleveland Clinic
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Royal College of Anesthetists
American Academy of Pain Management
Past President, 1989 – 1990
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
Editorial Board Member,
Editorial Board Member,
Called a “giant” in the field of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and a “pioneering clinician, researcher and inventor across the spectrum of pain medicine” by colleague Richard Rosenquist, MD, Michael Stanton-Hicks, MBBS, Dr.Med.(Düs) has been on the staff of the Cleveland Clinic since 1988.
Dr. Stanton-Hicks has been an anesthesiologist for more than 50 years. He began a career in medicine upon graduating from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1962. Since then, Dr. Stanton-Hicks has received board equivalent certification from the American Board of Anesthesiology, in addition to being a diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine. He went on to receive a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Düsseldorf in 1984 while serving as a professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
His interest in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) began in the 1970s. He completed postgraduate training in anesthesia in 1968, and joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 1970. The chairman of anesthesiology was Dr. John J. Bonica. A pioneer in pain medicine, Dr. Bonica had encountered many cases of CRPS I and II in the thousands of WWII veterans he treated from the Pacific Theater while he was chief of anesthesia at Madigan Army Hospital at Fort Lewis in Tacoma. Before leaving Washington in 1975, Dr. Stanton-Hicks met Dr. Yoshio Hosobuchi, a neurosurgeon who had done early work in the use of neurostimulation of the central nervous system for chronic pain.
Dr. Stanton-Hicks gained more experience with neuromodulation in 1987 at the University of Mainz, where he had hands-on experience implanting infusion pumps. In 1988, he joined the Cleveland Clinic. There, worked for five years with Sam Hassenbusch, MD, and they undertook a large number of spinal and peripheral nerve stimulation procedures for chronic neuropathic and CRPS pain.
Recent Sessions at Neurovations Events
2015 Napa Pain Conference
- 1st Annual Legacy Lecture
Honors & Awards
- 2017 ASRA’s John Bonica Lecturer
- 2017 NANS Giant of Neuromodulation honoree
- 2015 Napa Pain Conference’s Legacy Lecturer
- 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, New York New Jersey Society of Intervention Pain Physicians (NY/NYSIPP)
- 2013 Distinguished Service Award, American Society of Regional Anethesia (ASRA)
- Stanton-Hicks, M., Jänig, W., Hassenbusch, S. A., Haddox, J. D., Boas, R., & Wilson, P. (1995). Reflex sympathetic dystrophy: changing concepts and taxonomy. Pain, 63(1), 127-133.
- Bruehl, S., Harden, R. N., Galer, B. S., Saltz, S., Bertram, M., Backonja, M., … & Stanton-Hicks, M. (1999). External validation of IASP diagnostic criteria for complex regional pain syndrome and proposed research diagnostic criteria. Pain, 81(1-2), 147-154.
- Harden, R. N., Bruehl, S., Stanton-Hicks, M., & Wilson, P. R. (2007). Proposed new diagnostic criteria for complex regional pain syndrome. Pain medicine, 8(4), 326-331.
- Stanton-Hicks, M., Baron, R., Boas, R., Gordh, T., Harden, N., Hendler, N., … & Wilder, R. (1998). Complex regional pain syndromes: guidelines for therapy. The Clinical journal of pain, 14(2), 155-166.
- Harden, R. N., Bruehl, S., Galer, B. S., Saltz, S., Bertram, M., Backonja, M., … & Stanton-Hicks, M. (1999). Complex regional pain syndrome: are the IASP diagnostic criteria valid and sufficiently comprehensive?. Pain, 83(2), 211-219.
- Bruehl, S., Harden, R. N., Galer, B. S., Saltz, S., Backonja, M., & Stanton-Hicks, M. (2002). Complex regional pain syndrome: are there distinct subtypes and sequential stages of the syndrome?. Pain, 95(1-2), 119-124.
- Good, M., Stanton-Hicks, M., Grass, J. A., Anderson, G. C., Choi, C., Schoolmeesters, L. J., & Salman, A. (1999). Relief of postoperative pain with jaw relaxation, music and their combination. Pain, 81(1-2), 163-172.
- Stanton‐Hicks, M. D., Burton, A. W., Bruehl, S. P., Carr, D. B., Harden, R. N., Hassenbusch, S. J., … & Rauck, R. L. (2002). An updated interdisciplinary clinical pathway for CRPS: report of an expert panel. Pain practice, 2(1), 1-16.
- Good, M., Stanton‐Hicks, M., Grass, J. A., Anderson, G. C., Lai, H. L., Roykulcharoen, V., & Adler, P. A. (2001). Relaxation and music to reduce postsurgical pain. Journal of advanced nursing, 33(2), 208-215.
- Hassenbusch, S. J., Stanton-Hicks, M., Schoppa, D., Walsh, J. G., & Covington, E. C. (1996). Long-term results of peripheral nerve stimulation for reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Journal of neurosurgery, 84(3), 415-423.