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Chronic Pain Program

The Chronic Pain Program is offered through an outpatient clinic and interventional procedure suite for adult patients with chronic (more than three months), non-cancer pain.


  • Dr. Anuj Bhatia (Director)
  • Dr. Arsenio Avila
  • Dr. Gil Faclier
  • Dr. David Flamer
  • Dr. Michael Gofeld
  • Dr. Anwar Morgan
  • Dr. Neilesh Soneji

The clinic is a part of the hospital’s outpatient clinics and is managed by anesthesiologists with expertise in chronic pain. Therapeutic procedural services are offered to qualifying patients. The clinic also provides an educational experience to medical fellows, residents, and students as part of their training, as well as collaborative experiences with other pain clinics in academic institutions. The clinic staff physicians accept referrals from and work with a wide range of specialties based at Women’s College Hospital or in the community:

  • Family medicine
  • Gynecology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • Sports medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Rheumatology
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • General surgery
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Urology

Chronic pain conditions that we manage include:

  • Neck and back pain disorders
  • Post-surgical neuralgias and somatic pains
  • Neuropathic pain disorders
  • Headaches
  • Musculoskeletal problems (arthritis, inflammation or partial tears of tendons)

Services Provided

  • Procedures such as nerve blocks, neurolysis (radiofrequency ablation), epidural and nerve root steroid injections, facet joint injections, major and minor limb joint injections, and sympathetic ganglion blocks. Most of the procedures are performed with ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance.
  • Pharmacologic planning and advice is also offered to referring physicians and patients regarding opioids, analgesics, tricyclic antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, anti-convulsants, muscle relaxants and other medications. Referring physicians are expected to be the primary prescribers for their patients and prescriptions are usually not provided to patients.


Referrals must be made by hospital-based physicians, family practitioners or specialists.
To make a referral:

  1. Download and complete the referral form
  2. Fax referral: 416-323-2666

Referrals will be triaged based on the information provided. Please ensure that supporting Diagnostic and Laboratory tests and reports accompany the referral.


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Location & Contact Information

Chronic Pain Programc
Department of Anesthesia

Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
3rd floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6269

Office Fax: 416-323-2666

Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Our Publications

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)