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Prasad Shirvalkar


Neurologist and pain medicine specialist
Jazz drummer and percussion enthusiast

Dr. Prasad Shirvalkar is a neurologist and interventional pain medicine specialist who provides the full spectrum of care for chronic pain conditions. This includes conservative, nonsurgical treatments such as medications and nerve blocks (anesthetic injections near nerves that are sending pain signals). He also treats patients with advanced neuromodulation therapy by implanting peripheral and spinal cord stimulators, which are devices that relieve pain by sending electrical signals to the spine.

Shirvalkar cares for hospitalized patients and provides telemedicine visits for established patients. He coordinates with other providers for each patient, collaborating to treat any pain condition.

Shirvalkar's research aims to develop new therapies for hard-to-treat pain disorders, such as post-stroke pain and phantom limb pain, by harnessing technologies such as brain and spinal cord stimulation. He is conducting a study using electrodes implanted in the brain to understand how individuals interpret pain signals, with the goal of personalizing brain stimulation therapies. He is also interested in how sudden, severe pain episodes can progress to become chronic and in whether early intervention can prevent chronic pain.

Shirvalkar earned his doctoral and medical degrees at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He then completed a residency in neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in pain management at UCSF.

Shirvalkar belongs to the American Academy of Neurology, American Pain Association, American Pain Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Neuromodulation Society and North American Neuromodulation Society, where he serves on the scientific program committee.

In addition to medicine and science, Shirvalkar has a passion for percussion. He plays jazz drums in his free time and used to play with the Oakland Raiders' band.

  • Education

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2012

  • Residencies

    Weill Cornell Medicine andMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Neurology, 2016

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pain Management, 2017

I believe in caring for the whole person, and partnering with patients to make a personalized care plan based on their values and goals.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    98 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 25, 2023
    Sep 13, 2023
    Sep 06, 2023
    I'm very happy to see this DR
    Sep 06, 2023
    VERY IMPRESSED BY DR. Shirvalkar!! Looking forward to working with him regarding my care
    Aug 01, 2023
    He is an amazing doctor
    Jul 30, 2023
    This care provider is excellent. He is 10!
    Jul 28, 2023
    Jul 13, 2023
    When Dr Shirvalkar is engaged he is great!
    Jun 08, 2023
    Dr. Shirvalkar and his staff are SUPERB!!
    May 18, 2023
    Wish I could rate him and staff a 6!! He has changed my life :-)
    May 18, 2023
    He is beyond superb. He is the best there is and UCSF should pay him a tremendous amount to keep him because he is excellent!
    May 06, 2023
    I was not explained in 'simple language' the state of my neck. I had to ask about the changes in my recent MRI the doctor was not forthcoming. I am always proactive about my health in regards to understanding and getting the right information. Why do I have to 'beg' for responses. This also occurs with emails. Sometimes I've waited 2 weeks for a response. I think UCSF needs to either have an auto-response that sets expectations or help your staff to manage the multitude of emails. I'm trying not to be too critical here because I do know the amount of time reading emails and responding does take. It's not just an "on/off" switch. Thought is involved. But please try to figure this out as well to help your staff.
    May 04, 2023
    Doctor was very engaging and easy to talk to. I never felt rushed if I had a question.
    Apr 09, 2023
    I have already recommend him
    Apr 07, 2023
    Very pleasant and knowledgeable great bedside manner
    Jan 18, 2023
    Prasad is brilliant u r lucky to have him
    Jan 11, 2023
    All Excellent
    Nov 24, 2022
    This care provider is excellent and always so nice and friendly. Definitely lifts my spirits despite my pain.
    Aug 31, 2022
    Dr. Prasad Shirvalkar embodies all the qualities if an EXCELLENT doctor! He's intelligent committed to helping his patients with current therapies and clinical trials and respecting the patient's wishes to pursue/not pursue recommendations. He takes the time to review the patient's history PRIOR to the visit (amazing!) listens well is warm and empathetic open to suggestions communicates well and does a quick summary at the end of the visit to make sure everyone is on the same page. UCSF is very fortunate to have him representing their brand.
    Aug 13, 2022
    The doctor care provider is by far the very best you could have. He is brilliant and caring and trusting and considerate. He is an excellent doctor and UCSF is very lucky to have him.
    Aug 11, 2022
    Dr. Shirvalkar is outstanding. I am grateful to be under his care. The right doctor can make all the difference. Dr. Shirvalkar is brilliant and he cares an exceptionally rare combination in medicine today.
    Jul 21, 2022
    Dr. Shirvalkar has struggled with communication follow up But when you meet with him he gives you his undivided attention which is greatly appreciated
    Apr 20, 2022
    Very good experience. Care provider was very helpful and concerned about helping me out with all my health problems.