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Anita Gupta, DO, PharmD

Vice Chair, Division of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesiology; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

  • Department:Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
  • Specialty:Anesthesiology
  • Education: DO - University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey; PharmD - Rutgers University College of Pharmacy
Patient Care

Anita Gupta, DO, PharmD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist, as well as a pharmacist. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious AAMC Health System Learner Award.

Dr. Gupta is vice chair of the Division of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesiology and an associate professor of anesthesiology. She is the medical director of the University Pain Institute in Philadelphia, Pa.

She is a fellow of the Institute of Coaching at McLean/Harvard Medical School, and has completed the Wharton Total Leadership Program. She is an active GIEESC/World Health Organization member and founder of Society of Women in Medicine

Dr. Gupta has been featured as a medical expert on CNN, Fox News, and NBC for health topics related to the treatment of pain. She has been a frequent recipient of the National Patients and Compassionate Physician Choice Award, most recently in 2015, and is the editor of top-selling textbooks by Oxford University Press, Interventional Pain Medicine and Pharmacology in Anesthesia Practice. She also completed the competitive media and medical advocacy fellowship with the Mayday Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Well versed in a variety of health topics, Dr. Gupta is called regularly to discuss current medical news. Her contributions have earned her countless awards for service, research and expertise in medicine and health. She has been an invited presenter at medical and advisory forums and won several awards related to her research at the NIH and the University of Pennsylvania. As a medical expert and national leader in medicine, Dr. Gupta has been involved in research in improving patient satisfaction in medicine.

Dr. Gupta completed her doctorate in pharmacy at Rutgers University, her medical degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and her residency in anesthesiology at Georgetown University Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. Following residency, Dr. Gupta completed a pain management fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and joined faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

Medical Licensure

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Washington, D.C.

Awards and Honors

  • Patients Choice Award, Outstanding Patient Care Recognition (2011)
  • Compassionate Physicians Award (2011)
  • First Place Research Award, Pennsylvania State Research Competition (2011)
  • Washington, D.C., Delegate for American Society of Anesthesiologists (2005)
  • Washington, D.C., Delegate for Legislative Conference Speaker Training (2005)
  • Shining Star, Outstanding Patient Care Recognition (2004)

Memberships

  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Pain Society
  • District of Columbia Society of Anesthesiologists

In the News

Clinical & Medical Staff Appointments

  • Vice Chair, Division of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesiology; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (2012-present)
  • Medical Director, University Pain Institute (2012-present)
  • Attending Physician, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, NJ (2011-present)
  • Attending Physician, Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro, NJ (2011-present)
  • Attending Physician, Surgical Specialists of Princeton, Princeton, NJ (2011-present)
  • Capital Health System/Hopewell Surgical Center, Hopewell, NJ (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Division of Pain Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2008-2011)
  • Attending Physician, Johns Hopkins University, Bayview Campus, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Baltimore, MD (2008-2009)
  • Attending Physician, Washington Hospital Center, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Washington DC (2008-2009)
Research Overview

Dr. Gupta is currently involved in research related to pain medicine and anesthesiology and is actively participating in writing articles, reviews and book chapters. She has been a presenter at several anesthesiology forums and won several research awards from her research at the National Institutes of Health.

Research

Dr. Gupta is currently involved in research related to pain medicine and anesthesiology and is actively participating in writing articles, reviews and book chapters. She has been a presenter at several anesthesiology forums and won several research awards from her research at the National Institutes of Health.

Publications

Pharmacology in Anesthesia PracticeSelected Publications (* peer reviewed)

"Does Pain Score in Response to a Standardized Subcutaneous Local Anesthetic Injection Predict Epidural Steroid Injection Outcomes in Patients with Lumbosacral Radiculopathy? A Prospective Correlational Study" *
Cohen SP, Gupta A, Strassels SA, Christo PJ, Erdek MA, Griffith SR, Kurihara C, Buckenmaier CC 3rd, Cornblath D, and Vu TN
Spine (2012 Publication Date TBD)

"Effect of MRI on treatment results or decision making in patients with lumbosacral radiculopathy referred for epidural steroid injections: a multicenter, randomized controlled trial" *
Cohen SP, Gupta A, Strassels SA, Christo PJ, Erdek MA, Griffith SR, Kurihara C, Buckenmaier CC 3rd, Cornblath D, and Vu TN
Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(2):134-42, Epub 2011 Dec 12, PMID:22157067[PubMed - in process] (January 23, 2012)

"Biomarkers and Immunomodulation as a treatment option for chronic pain conditions" *
Gupta A, Oshinsky C, and Hewitt E
Pain Management, Vo1 1:1 (January 2011)

"Pharmacological treatment of opioid-induced hyperalgesia: a review of the evidence" *
Ramasubbu C and Gupta A
Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 25(3):219-30, Epub 2011 Aug 11, Review, PMID:21834699[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (2011)

"Retrospective clinical evaluation of physician opioid prescribing practices in patients with aberrant behaviors" *
Gupta A, Patton C, Diskina D, and Cheatle M
Pain Physician, 14(4):383-PMID:21785482[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE - free article] (July-August 2011)

"Ketamine in pain management" *
Cohen SP, Liao W, Gupta A, and Plunkett A
Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine, 30:139-61, Epub 2011 Apr 19, Review, PMID:21508630[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (2011)

Interventional Pain Medicine"Cannabinoids for pain management" *
Thaler A, Gupta A, and Cohen SP
Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine, 30:125-38, Epub 2011 Apr 19, Review, PMID:21508629[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (2011)

"Quality assurance and assessment in pain management" *
Gupta A, Ashburn M, and Ballantyne J
Anesthesiol Clin, 29(1):123-33, Epub 2010 Dec 16, Review, PMID:21295757[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (March 2011)

"Struggling to Manage Pain"
Gupta A
In: Philadelphia Inquirer (April 20, 2011)

"Biomarkers and immunomodulation as a treatment option for chronic pain conditions" *
Gupta A, Hewitt E, and Oshinsky C
Pain Management, Vo1: Issue 1 (January 2011)

"Evidence-based review of the pharmacoeconomics related to the management of chronic nonmalignant pain" *
Gupta A, Mehdi A, Duwell M, and Sinha A
Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 24(2):152-6, Review, PMID:20504139[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (June 2010)

"Intrathecal catheter granuloma associated with continuous sufentanil infusion" *
Gupta A, Martindale T, and Christo PJ
Pain Medicine, 11(6):847-52, Epub 2010 Apr 29, PMID:20456073[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (June 2010)

"Internet resources on managing chronic nonmalignant pain with opioids: the risks of addiction" *
Gupta A
Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 24(1):71-5, PMID:20345206[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (March 2010)

"Use of sublingual methadone for treating pain of chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis" *
Gupta A, Duckles B, and Giordano J
Journal of Opioid Management, 6(1):67-9, PMID:20297617[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (January-February 2010)

"Retained intrathecal catheter fragment after spinal drain insertion" *
Forsythe A, Gupta A, and Cohen SP
Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 34(4):375-8, Review, PMID:19585702[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (July-August 2009)

"Patient perception of pain care in hospitals in the United States" *
Gupta A, Daigle S, Mojica J, and Hurley RW
Journal of Pain Research, 2:157-64, PMID:21197302[PubMed] Free PMC Article (November 13, 2009)

"On the nature, assessment, and treatment of fetal pain: neurobiological bases, pragmatic issues, and ethical concerns" *
Gupta A and Giordano J
Pain Physician, 10(4):525-32, Review, PMID:17660850[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE - Free Article] (July 2007)

"Opinion in Opioid Abuse and Addiction" *
Gupta A and Christo PJ
Journal of Clinical Nurse Practitioners (February 2009)

"Pain care in Severely Neurally Compromised Patients (SNCPs)"
Gupta A and Giordano J
Practical Pain Management (November 2009)

"Review of Sacroiliac Denervation"
Gupta A
Pain Medicine News (November 2010)

Books

"Interventional Pain Medicine"
Editor: Gupta A
Oxford University Press, New York, NY

"Pharmacology in Anesthesia Practice"
Editors: Gupta A and Singh-Radcliff N
Oxford University Press, New York, NY

"5 Minute Anesthesiology Review"
Consulting Editor: Singh-Radcliff N and Gupta A
Lippincott Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA

"Avoiding Common Anesthesia Errors"
Pharmacology Editor: Gupta A
In: Metro, David, Marcucci, Catherine

Teaching

Dr. Anita Gupta is involved in pain medicine education at Drexel College of Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital for medical students and residents. She is also involved in a fellowship training program for regional anesthesiology and acute pain (non-ACGME accredited program).

Before joining Drexel, Dr. Gupta was appointed as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for three years from 2008 to 2011 in the Division of Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology.

Specialties
  • Anesthesiology
Services and Clinical Interests
  • Anesthesia
  • Chronic pain
  • Hospital pain care
  • Interventional pain medicine
  • Pain management
  • Pain medicine
  • Palliative/hospice care
Internship
  • Crozer Keystone Medical System
Residency
  • Clinical Research Track - National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2007)
  • Anesthesiology - Georgetown University Hospital (2004-2007)
Fellowship
  • Mayday Pain & Society Fellow - Mayday Foundation and Burness Communications (2010–2011)
  • Wharton Total Leadership Program - University of Pennsylvania (2010–2011)
  • Pain Fellowship - Johns Hopkins University, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (2007-2008)
Second Languages
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Spanish

 
This doctor is a non-compensated member of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine; the associated clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.

Practice Locations

Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
245 North 15th Street
New College Building, MS 310
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-762-4892
Fax: 215-762-8656

University Pain Institute
231 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-762-1600
Fax: 215-762-8656

Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health and Wellness
3100 Quakerbridge Road
Rehabilitation Center
Mercerville, NJ 08619
Phone: 732-654-2772

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