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Anuj Malhotra, MD

Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
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About Dr. Malhotra


Dr. Malhotra is Director of the Pain Management Division at HSS. He treats many acute and chronic pain conditions including sports injury, neck pain, back pain, spine pain, herniated disc, sciatica, joint pain, arthritis, nerve pain, muscle strain, tendonitis, CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), hypermobility syndrome, and chronic pain after orthopedic surgery. He has a particular interest in interventional-based therapies using ultrasound and X-ray guidance to diagnose and treat pain with minimally invasive, highly-targeted techniques. These include epidural steroid injection, medial branch and facet joint block, radiofrequency ablation, sympathetic block, joint and bursa injection, viscosupplementation (gel), tendon and muscle injection, botox, PRP (platelet rich plasma), nerve block, pulsed radiofrequency, and spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion stimulation. In addition to procedural interventions, Dr. Malhotra strives to optimize medication regimens and physical therapy using evidence-based guidelines to return patients to their maximum level of functioning.

Dr. Malhotra completed his undergraduate studies in neuroscience at Yale University, after which he attended Duke University School of Medicine and then completed residency and subspecialty fellowship training in anesthesiology and pain management at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. In addition to merit scholarships and inclusion in honor societies during his training (Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega), he received the Mark Rosen Resident Scholarship award from UCSF, was named Chief Fellow at Stanford, and received the Junior Faculty Educator award at Mount Sinai. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine and has practiced in New York since 2012. Prior to joining the Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Malhotra was the Associate Program Director for the Pain Medicine fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and was also the Pain Division Director of Scheduling and Site Utilization for the Mount Sinai Health System.

Dr. Malhotra takes great pride in providing compassionate, thorough, and personalized care for his patients. He has been recognized for these efforts by his peers and has regularly been included in various best doctors publications including Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine. Dr. Malhotra has also published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, chapters, and most recently edited a textbook on pain medicine. He has presented lectures, posters, and workshops on these topics for local and national societies including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the New York Society of Anesthesiologists, and the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is very interested in emerging therapies and frequently incorporates them into his practice to help patients failing traditional medical treatment.

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Special Expertise

Spine - Degenerative disc disease and disc herniation
Spine - Lumbar and cervical radiculopathy
Spine - Facet arthropathy
Spine - Spinal stenosis
Back pain
Neck pain
Cervicogenic headaches and migraine
Sports injuries
Muscle strains
Joint pain
Tendon and ligament sprains
Nerve pain
Hypermobility syndrome
CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome)
Chronic pain after orthopedic surgery


Diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injection
Epidural steroid injection
Transforaminal epidural steroid injection
Facet injection and medial branch block
Radiofrequency ablation
Joint and bursa injection
Viscosupplementation (gel)
Tendon and muscle injection
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Ultrasound guided procedures
X-ray guided procedures
Nerve block
Pulsed radiofrequency
Spinal cord stimulation
Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation

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Director, Pain Management Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College


American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society for Regional Anesthesia
New York State Society of Anesthesiologists
New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Pain and Therapy Editorial Advisory Board
Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Peer Reviewer


American Board of Anesthesiologists, Primary Certification in Anesthesiology, Board Certified 2012
American Board of Anesthesiologists, Subspecialty Certification in Pain Medicine, Board Certified 2012


Super Doctors Rising Stars, 2019-2023
Castle Connolly Top Doctors, 2016-2018
New York Magazine Best Doctors, 2016-2018
Physician Communication Champion, Mount Sinai, 2016
Junior Faculty Educator Award, Department of Anesthesiology, Mount Sinai, 2014
Chief Fellow, Stanford Division of Pain Management, 2012
Mark A. Rosen Resident Scholarship Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Duke University School of Medicine, 2006
Senior Medical Student Merit Scholarship, Duke University School of Medicine, 2006
Eugene Stead Research Scholarship, Duke University School of Medicine, 2005


Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 2006
Internship: Internal Medicine - St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 2007
Residency: Anesthesiology - University of California, San Francisco, CA, 2011
Fellowship: Pain Medicine - Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2012

State Licensure


English, Spanish

Publications by Dr. Malhotra

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Malhotra A, Pace A, Ruiz Maya T, Colman R, Gelb BD, Mehta L, Kontorovich AR. Headaches in hypermobility syndromes: A pain in the neck? Am J Med Genet A. 2020 Dec;182(12):2902-2908. PMID: 32940405.

Malhotra A, Shehebar M, Khelemsky Y. Anesthesia for Otolaryngology: Anesthesia and Chronic Pain Management. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 2019 Dec;52(6):1083-1094. PMID 31563424.​​​​​​​

Mittnacht A, Shariat A, Weiner M, Malhotra A, Miller M, Mahajan A, Bhatt H; Regional Techniques for Cardiac and Cardiac-Related Procedures. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. Sep 2018. PMID 30529177.​​​​​​​

Malhotra A, Mackey S; Outcomes in Pain Medicine: A Brief Review. Pain and Therapy. 2012, 1(5). Review. PMID 25134934.

Selected Books/Chapters

Malhotra A, Pace A, Ruiz Maya T, Colman R, Gelb BD, Mehta L, Kontorovich AR. Headaches in hypermobility syndromes: A pain in the neck? Am J Med Genet A. 2020 Dec;182(12):2902-2908. PMID: 32940405.

Khelemsky Y, Malhotra A, Gritsenko K (Eds). Academic Pain Medicine: A Practical Guide to Rotations, Fellowship, and Beyond, 1st ed. Springer International. Switzerland. September 2019.

Malhotra A, Malhotra V; Perioperative Pain Management. Yao & Artusio's Anesthesiology: Problem-Oriented Patient Management, 9th Ed. (Eds) Fun-Sun F. Yao, MD. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA. December 2019.

Balthazar G, Malhotra A, Lee R. Postanesthesia Recovery Period: Analgesics. Basic Essentials: A Comprehensive Review for the Anesthesiology Basic Exam. (Eds) Alopi Patel, Himani Bhatt, Sang Kim. Cambridge University Press. UK. November 2018.

Ingram A, Malhotra A. Your Thoracic Epidural is Not Working: How Do You Provide Analgesia Post-thoracotomy? You're Wrong, I'm Right: Dueling Authors Re-examine Classic Teachings in Anesthesia. Scher, C.S., Clebone, A., Miller, S.M., Roccaforte, J.D., Capan, L.M. Springer International. Switzerland. December 2016.

Malhotra A; Management of Groin Pain: Interventional and Pharmacologic Approaches. The SAGES Manual of Groin Pain. (Eds) Brian P. Jacob, MD, David C. Chen, MD, Bruce Ramshaw, MD, Shirin Towfigh, MD. Springer. New York, NY. January 2016

Malhotra A; Radiation Safety. Pain Management and Palliative Care: A Comprehensive Guide. (Ed) Kimberly A. Sackheim, MD. Springer. New York, NY. Ch 31, 2015.​​​​​​​

Malhotra V, Sudheendra V, O'Hara J, Malhotra A; Anesthesia and the Renal and Genitourinary Systems: Urogenital Pain Syndromes. Miller's Anesthesia, Eighth Edition. (Eds) Ronald D. Miller MD, Lars I. Eriksson, Lee A. Fleisher MD, Jeanine P. Wiener-Kronish MD, William L. Young MD, PhD. Churchill Livingstone. Philadelphia, PA. Ch 72, 2014.​​​​​​​

Malhotra A, Malhotra V; Quality of Care and Patient Safety. Anesthesia Review (A Study Guide to Miller's Basics of Anesthesia, Sixth Edition), Second Edition. (Eds) Lorraine Sdrales MD and Ronald D. Miller MD. Churchill Livingstone. Philadelphia, PA. Ch 43, 2012.

Selected Presentations

Malhotra A. Thoracic epidural and regional analgesia in the patient on a novel anticoagulant: Is this a good idea? PBLD, ASA annual meeting 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Cohen E, Malhotra A, et al. Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium Workshop. Epidural station moderator, NYSSA PGA 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and ASA annual meeting 2018, 2019.

Malhotra A, Khelemsky Y, Ciccone J, et al. Pain Management Ultrasound-Guided Procedure Workshop. Co-organizer, workshop moderator, NYSSA PGA 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Ocasio F, Malhotra A. Successful Treatment of Postoperative Neuroma Pain with Peripheral Nerve Stimulation. NY & NJ Pain Medicine Symposium 2019.

Ma Z, Lurye F, Malhotra A. Clinical Update on Placement of Thoracic Epidurals for Anterior Pediatric Scoliosis Correction. NY & NJ Pain Medicine Symposium 2019.

Zheng X, Yerasi A, Malhotra A. Treatment of Post Dural Puncture Headache After Baclofen Pump Placement. NY & NJ Pain Medicine Symposium 2019.

Liu R, Malhotra A, Epstein L. Management of Pain Associated with Fabry Disease. NY & NJ Pain Medicine Symposium 2018.

Patel A, Malhotra A. Monostotic Fibrous Dysplasia: A Unique Approach to Chronic Pain Management. 9th World Congress of the World Institute of Pain 2018.

Tyson W, Malhotra A. Cryotherapy of Pain Associated with Traumatic Peripheral Nerve Injury. NYSSA PGA 2018.

Tyson W, Malhotra A. Radiofrequency Ablation of the Paravertebral joint as a Treatment for Bertolotti's Syndrome. NYSSA PGA 2018.


Research Interests

  • Evidence-based medicine for pain management
  • Development of novel analgesics and new modalities to treat intractable chronic pain

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of March 23, 2023, Dr. Malhotra reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

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