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Ramana Naidu, M.D.

Anesthesiologist and pain management specialist

Dr. Ramana (Ramo) Naidu, an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, serves as director of Acute Pain Services at UCSF Medical Center Parnassus and Mission Bay hospitals, and is the current chair of the UCSF Pain Committee. He helps patients manage, reduce or eliminate pain that occurs after surgery and prevent post-surgery pain from becoming chronic or persistent.

Naidu is interested in team-based approaches to management and has helped develop enhanced recovery after surgery programs at UCSF. He also cares for patients at the UCSF Pain Management Center, where he treats a range of chronic pain conditions such as back pain, facial pain, musculoskeletal pain, persistent post-operative pain and complex regional pain syndrome, an uncommon form of intense chronic pain. He uses both ultrasound and fluoroscopy to perform his interventional procedures. In addition, Naidu provides outpatient care for children as part of the UCSF Integrated Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care team.

Naidu earned a medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a fellowship in pain management at UCSF. He was a Fulbright Scholar in public health in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. During this time, he studied hospital-acquired infections and the dissemination of information regarding prevention.

Naidu is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, International Association for the Study of Pain and North American Neuromodulation Society. He is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative care at UCSF.


Pain Management Center
2255 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94143-1654
Phone: (415) 885-PAIN (7246)
New Patients: (415) 885-3552
Current Patients: (415) 885-7533
Fax: (415) 885-3883

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More about Ramana Naidu


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine 2007


University of Washington School of Medicine, Anesthesiology 2011


UCSF, Pain Management 2012

Selected Research and Publications

  1. De Pinto M, Naidu RK. Peripheral and Neuraxial Chemical Neurolysis for the Management of Intractable Lower Extremity Pain in a Patient with Terminal Cancer. Pain Physician. 2015 Jul-Aug; 18(4):E651-6.
  2. Thoha Pham, Ramana K Naidu. Basic Clinical Anesthesia. Pain Management. 2015.
  3. Mark A. Schumacher, Allan I Basbaum, Ramana K. Naidu. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology. Opioid Agonists & Antagonists. 2015; 531-551.
  4. Weyker P, Webb C, Naidu RK. Perioperative pain management in a patient with anaphylaxis to full mu-agonists presenting for head and neck salvage surgery. Pain Physician. 2015 Jan-Feb; 18(1):E83-5.
  5. Naidu RK, Richebe P. In response. A A Case Rep. 2014 Oct 15; 3(8):112.
  6. Cheah J, Yap E, Naidu R. Attempting to prevent persistent postamputation phantom limb and stump pain. A A Case Rep. 2014 Aug 1; 3(3):35-7.
  7. Dickerson DM, Naidu RK. Preparing for the physician payment sunshine act. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2014 May-Jun; 39(3):185-8.
  8. Naidu RK, Richebe P. Probable local anesthetic systemic toxicity in a postpartum patient with acute Fatty liver of pregnancy after a transversus abdominis plane block. A A Case Rep. 2013 Dec 1; 1(5):72-4.
  9. Ramana (Ramo) K Naidu. A Review of the Stellate Ganglion Block/Cervical Sympathetic Block on the Prevention and Therapy of Cerebral Vasospasm After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. ICU Director. 2013; 4(4):161-165.
  10. Naidu R, Flood P. Magnesium: is there a signal in the noise? Anesthesiology. 2013 Jul; 119(1):13-5.
  11. Johnson SK, Naidu RK, Ostopowicz RC, Kumar DR, Bhupathi S, Mazza JJ, Yale SH. Adolf Kussmaul: distinguished clinician and medical pioneer. Clin Med Res. 2009 Sep; 7(3):107-12.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.