Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D.

Pain specialist, Anesthesiologist

Redlich Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center

Pain Management Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion A, 1st Floor
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6238
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Professional Education

  • Internship: Tucson Hospitals Med Ed Prog (1995) AZ
  • Medical Education: University of Arizona (1994) AZ
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (1998) CA
  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1999) CA
  • Board Certification: Pain Management, American Board of Anesthesiology (2000)
  • Board Certification: Anesthesia, American Board of Anesthesiology (1999)
  • M.D., University of Arizona, Medicine (1994)
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, Electrical Engineering (1994)
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, Bioengineering (1986)
  • B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, Bioengineering (1986)

Honors & Awards

  • U.S. News and World Report Top 1% of Pain Management Specialists, U.S. News and World Report (2012)
  • Clinical Center of Excellence, American Pain Society (2012)
  • Stanford CAM Center for Chronic Back Pain, NIH P01 AT006651 (2011-2016)
  • Stanford CAM Center for Chronic Back Pain Supplement, NIH P01 AT006651S1 (2011-2012)
  • Neuroimaging and Mentoring in Translational Pain Research, NIH K24 DA029262 (2010-2015)
  • Chris Redlich Endowment in Pain Research, Chris Redlich Endowment Fund (2009-forever)
  • Learned Control of Frontal and Limbic Systems via Real-Time fMRI, NIH R21 DA026092 (2009-2011)
  • Ellis Cohen Achievement Award, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University (2010)
  • fMRI of Pain in the Human Spinal Cord, NIH R01 NS053961 (2006-2010)
  • Central Mechanisms of Urologic Pelvic Pain: Functional and Structural Analysis by MRI, NIH U01 DK082316 (2008-2013)
  • Development and Applications of Real Time fMRI Technology, Stanford Bio-X (2009-2010)
  • Prescription Opioid Use, Misuse, and Pain in Post-Surgical Patients, NIH K23 DA25152 (2008-2013)
  • Mechanisms of Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia in Pain Patients: Examination via fMRI, NIH K99/R00 DA023609 (2007-2011)
  • Low-Dose Naltrexone in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia, American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association (2008-2009)
  • Duloxetine: Functional MRI Neural Correlates of Efficacy in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain, Eli Lilly (2006-2009)
  • Mechanisms of Analgesic Response During IV Lidocaine Infusion in Neuropathic Pain Patients, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (2007-2008)
  • Applications of Real Time fMRI-Phase II, NIH R44 NS050642 (2004-2007)
  • Fellowship Grant, Arthritis Foundation (2006-2007)
  • Development of a Human Neuropathic Pain Model, Stanford University (1999-2007)
  • Imaging Neural Systems in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Foundation for Anesthesia Education & Research (2004-2006)
  • Applications of Real Time fMRI, NIH R43MH067290 (2002-2004)
  • Use of NMDA-Antagonists and Opiates in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia, Oxnard Foundation (2001-2004)
  • Processing of Pain in the Human Central Nervous System: Analysis through fMRI, Stanford Office of Technology Licensing Grant (2001-2004)
  • Interventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applied to Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Stanford University (1999-2003)
  • Dodie and John Rosekrans Pain Research Endowment Fund, Dodie and John Rosekrans Pain Research Endowment Fund (2001 - forever)
  • Teacher of the Month, Stanford Department of Anesthesia (2003)
  • Top Doctors in America, Published in "Guide to Top Doctors" (2002)
  • Cognitive Neurosciences Grant, Clark Center for Bioengeneering, Biomedicine & Bioscience (2000)
  • Electrical and Thermal Characterization of Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation, American College of Cardiology Research Grant (1994)
  • Optimal Control of Transvenous Catheter Ablation in the Treatment of Tachyarrhythmias, NIH Short Term Research Fellowship (1989-1994)
  • TV Catheter Delivery of Elec Energy to Ablate Arrhythmogenic Tissue..., Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Research Fellowship (1991-1992)
  • Characterization & Optimization of RF Catheter Ablation for the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias, American Heart Association Fellowship (1990-1991)

Administrative Appointments

  • Redlich Professor, Anesthesia & Pain Management, Neurosciences and (by courtesy) Neurology, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Fellowship Program Director, Pain Medicine, Stanford University (2007 - Present)
  • Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Stanford University (2007 - Present)
  • Associate Professor, Anesthesia & Pain Management, Neurosciences and (by courtesy) Neurology, Stanford University (2007 - 2012)
  • Co-Director, Pain Working Group, Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University (2005 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Stanford Pain Research and Clinical Center (SPARCC) (2004 - Present)
  • Associate Director, Pain Management Division, Stanford University (2004 - 2007)
  • Director, Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab (SNAPL) (2002 - Present)
  • Director (and Co-Founder), Regional Anesthesia Services (2000 - 2006)
  • Assistant Professor, Anesthesia & Pain Management, Neurosciences, Stanford University (1999 - 2007)

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