Sydney Pain Management Centre Medical Director, Dr Vahid Mohabbati has had extensive training in Emergency Medicine, General Practice, Pain Medicine and Palliative Medicine. Initially trained as an Emergency Physician. Dr Mohabbati attained a fellowship and then developed an interest in managing chronic and complex disease conditions and furthered his training in Pain Medicine. 

He commenced his Postgraduate Fellowship in Pain Medicine at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and completed his Pain fellowship in Sydney at Westmead and Nepean hospitals. This was followed by dual training in Palliative Medicine to attain further knowledge and increased understanding of cancer pain and best supportive care of patients with terminal disease.  He completed his training in Sydney at Royal Prince Alfred and Concord hospitals, Sydney West Cancer Network and Hammond Care (Neringah, Greenwich and Royal North Shore hospitals). Dr Mohabbati was awarded a Fellowship in Pain Medicine in 2014 and a fellowship in Palliative Medicine in 2015.

 Dr Mohabbati has been awarded Fellowship of 3 colleges in Australia: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners(FRACGP), Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FAChPM) and Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine(FFPMANZCA).

 Specialising in both pain and palliative medicine, Dr Mohabbati is a Pain Interventionist and uses a wide variety of modalities to alleviate pain and minimise discomfort for his patients. Traditionally cancer pain has been treated with pharmacotherapy only, however Dr Mohabbati utilises modern techniques and interventional modalities to enhance complex pain management. Utilising various interventional pain therapies including nerve blocks, regional anaesthesia, radiofrequency lesioning and spinal implants (intrathecal pumps, spinal cord stimulators, DRG and peripheral nerve stimulators).

 Dr Mohabbati is a Sydney University and University of NSW Clinical Lecturer and has a commitment to ongoing teaching, education and research. He is also a college examiner and has presented at international and national conferences and seminars. With accolades such as outstanding speaker award and also has published articles in a variety of Medical Journals. 

 Other areas of interest in non-cancer pain include acute pain, chronic-non-cancer-pain, neuropathic pain, CRPS, chronic headaches and migraines and musculoskeletal pain.

 Specialist Expertise:

 Treatment and management of cancer-related pain

Various pain interventional modalities

Palliative Medicine

Non-cancer pain treatment and management



Dr Gronow began his interest in pain medicine whilst an Anaesthetic Registrar at Sydney Hospital in 1973. After Sydney Hospital went through a restructure in the early 1980’s, he took on the challenge of committing to pain relief medicine as a full-time vocation, and left the field of anaesthesiology.

In 1980, he formed a private multidisciplinary pain clinic in the Sydney CBD, the Sydney Pain Management Centre (SPMC).  He also joined the team at Westmead Hospital, as a Visiting Medical Officer to their pain clinic.

In 1985, the SPMC opened the Newcastle Pain Management Centre at the request of Professor Gordon Kerridge, Professor of Orthopaedics at Royal Newcastle Hospital which continued to 1996.

SPMC developed cognitive behavioural inpatient program in 1989 at the Royal Rehabilitation Hospital at Ryde. From 1996, the SPMC moved from Ryde and the Sydney CBD to Parramatta where it continues to provide multidisciplinary pain management to this date. More recently SPMC has opened a practice at the Sydney Adventist Hospital.

David accepted the position of Director of Multidisciplinary Pain Services at Westmead Hospital in 1999, to establish a training program for the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

He was Secretary/Treasurer of the Australian Pain Society from 1985 to 1994, Vice President from 1994 to 1997, and President from 1997 to 2000. From 1986 till 1995, David was Treasurer of the Australian Pain Relief Society, a charity that supports education and research in Pain Medicine, and since then he’s continued as President.  He also initiated a PhD scholarship program via APRA with the significant contribution from Geoff Gourlay, which now has 10 scholars.

David proudly continues to be the Medical Director of SPMC, where he co-ordinates and provides direction to all the wonderful clinical staff on patient care, planning, and ongoing management.




Dr Sam Steele studied as a Physiotherapist at The University of South Australia and went onto study Medicine at The University of Wollongong. He has completed fellowships in Rehabilitation Medicine and Palliative Medicine as well as a Master of Medicine in Pain Management. Dr Steele is well respected in the industry due to his background, experience and patient focused interactions. He has worked in several major hospitals in New South Wales including, Nepean Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Camden and Campbelltown Hospital, Braeside Hospital, Blacktown Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital.

Dr Steele believes that providing evidence-based medicine and care within a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on improving patient’s quality of life is paramount in his practice.  Emphasising the importance of functional restoration through a holistic team approach, Dr Steele delivers premium care to each one of his patients.

Dr Steele thoroughly enjoys being a part of the experienced SPMC team, as he thrives in the culture of ensuring a high standard of patient care and appreciates working collaboratively for best practice and best possible patient outcomes.

He has a special interest in cancer pain, cancer rehabilitation and chronic pain.

Dr Steele is a professional member of both the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) and Rehabilitation Medicine Society Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ).

Dr Mazyar Danesh



Dr Danesh is a Specialist in Pain  as well as Anaesthetics and has trained and practiced at some of the most prestigious academic centres around Australia, including Gold Coast Hospital(QLD), Queen Elizabeth Hospital(SA), Women’s & Children’s Hospital (SA), Royal Adelaide Hospital(SA), Royal Children’s Hospital(VIC), Royal Brisbane Hospital(QLD). He has been practicing in both private & public hospitals & clinics for the past two decades.  He speaks 3 languages; English, Farsi and Azerbaijani and completed his Medical degree at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in 2003. 


Dr Danesh prides himself in adopting a holistic, contemporary, interdisciplinary and patient-centred approach to chronic pain, integrating patient education, functional restoration and intervention and neuromodulation in his day to day practice. He has had the privilege to train and practice with world-class experts in the field of Interventional Pain Medicine nationally and internationally.


Respect, empathy and compassion combined with a scientific approach to achieve the reduction of pain and suffering combined with achieving functional restoration are the most prominent drivers behind Dr Danesh’s current practice. 


He holds specialist qualifications in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia and is a fellow of both colleges- Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine of Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists along with membership with International Neuromodulation Society.

Dr Cameron Ly


Cameron is our Rehabilitation Physician, who has been with the team at  SPMC  for many years now. He is also the head of the Department of Adolescent and Transition Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and a Staff Specialist in Ambulatory Care and Rehabilitation medicine in the MacArthur Health Service, in Campbelltown.

He completed his undergraduate MBBS and Master of Medicine degrees at the University of Sydney, as well completing a clerkship at Harvard University during his undergraduate medical education. Cameron currently continues to enjoy teaching medical students and junior doctors via his academic appointments as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney.

He is currently the Chair of the Education Subcommittee of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine for NSW and ACT, coordinating doctors in specialist training. As well, Cameron is a co-author of a textbook in adolescent medicine, and has his research published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. As with all other SPMC staff members, Cameron attends and presents at both national and overseas conferences, and is dedicated in his desire to achieve the best and most up to date treatments available for all patients at the SPMC.

Dr Michael Carroll


Dr Nikunj Parikh


Dr Laleh Janalizadeh


Dr Laleh Janalizadeh has joined the SPMC team as the Pain Fellow in 2020 and will complete her fellowship with the Faculty of Pain, under the guidance and training of Dr Vahid Mohabbati. Dr Janalizadeh is a Pediatric and GP Registrar, who has completed her medical training both local and abroad, Australia and Iran. She spent over a decade as a Paediatrician in Iran, working in general roles as a Consultant as well as in Emergency Settings. Since moving to Australia, she has worked as a GP in rural areas, followed by GP roles in Sydney clinics. With her varied experience, Laleh is an asset to the SPMC team.