Michelle Brenner, APN-CDr. Anil K. Sharma is the founder and President of Spine & Pain Centers of New Jersey and New York. He received his fellowship training in Pain Management at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Sharma has been recognized for excellence throughout his career in medicine. After graduating as Valedictorian of his class from MGM Medical College, he received the esteemed Robert Dripps Award for Best Resident at Monmouth Medical Center, where he continues today as Director of Pain Management. Subsequently, Dr. Sharma was named Best Graduating Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic. His elite status was confirmed by his rating as a "Top Doc" by New Jersey Monthly magazine from 2011 to 2020, and he was profiled on the front cover in 2014. Castle Connolly also named him as the top doctor in the NY metro area every year since 2014.

Dr. Sharma specializes in the use of minimally invasive techniques to treat spinal pain. He has performed over 70,000 spinal procedures in his 28 years of clinical practice. His expertise ranges from diagnosing complicated and rare cases to pinpointing the source of back, neck, and other chronic pain conditions. He is a leading practitioner of state-of-the-art techniques. He has been on the faculty of several national and international spine meetings and has taught other pain physicians complex and challenging procedures. He has also overseen numerous cadaver courses aimed at teaching new and innovative technologies for treating spinal disorders.

Dr. Sharma is a published author and experienced educator in spine care. He has written chapters in textbooks and has published several review articles in significant spine journals. He recently published several clinical guidelines through the North American Spine Society. The most recent one, which took over 4 years, is "Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain". Dr. Sharma is a very active member of the North American Spine Society and the International Spine Intervention Society and sits on several key committees.

Dr. Sharma is affiliated with most of the area's major medical centers. As testimony to his high level of devotion, compassion, and competency, Dr. Sharma's many patients include medical colleagues and their families, and countless referrals from current and former patients who have found relief of spinal pain through his care.

Education

Fellowship - Pain Management - 7/94 to 9/95
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Award for Best Graduating Fellow
Chief Resident - 1993 to 1994
Robert D. Dripps Award for Best Graduating Resident
Residency, Anesthesiology - 7/91 to 6/94
Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey
Internship - 7/90 to 6/91
Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, New York
Medical School - Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, India
Valedictorian

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Certificate of added qualifications in Pain Management
  • American Board of Pain Medicine

Professional Highlights

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors: 2014 to 2020

NJ Monthly

  • "Top Doctor" in Pain Management 2011 to 2020
  • Featured on the Front Cover in 2014

International Spine Intervention Society

  • Vice-Chairman of the Standards Committee 2012, 2013
  • Vice-Chairman of Appropriate Use Criteria 2012, 2013
  • Co-Chairman of Annual Conference 2012, 2013
  • Member - Standards Committee 2010 - present
  • Member - International Education Committee 2015

North American Spine Society

  • Spine Line editorial Board- 2007 - 2013
  • Spine Journal- reviewer - 2014
  • Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines Committee - 2007-present

New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

  • President 2007 - 2009

New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

  • Board Member 2009 - 2013

Monmouth Medical Center

  • Director of Pain Management 2003 - present