Dr Robert E. Wright

MD, DAPM, FIPP
Pain Physician

Dr Robert Wright is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the field of interventional pain management and brings a wealth of experience as an interventionist and pain physician to Sydney Pain Management Centre.

Special Interests

  • Intervertebral disc disorders and the vertebral endplates
  • Radiofrequency procedures for the cervical and thoracic spine, major joints and the autonomic system, as well as facial pain and cluster headaches

Training

  • Dr Wright completed his core academic training in anaesthesiology and pain medicine in 1991.
  • He learned from many of the world-renowned pioneers in pain management such as, Dr Charlie Aprill, Dr Nikolas Bogduk and Dr Rick Derby.
  • He entered private practice in 1993, founding a multidisciplinary pain management centre, later known as a regional centre of excellence for advanced interventional pain techniques.
  • In 1994, he became an instructor of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), ultimately attaining Master Instructor level. SIS is an international physician organisation with 3000 physician members in 51 countries, dedicated to the development of the highest standards of practice for interventional pain procedures.
  • He has received recognition as a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine (DAPM) and Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP)
  • In 2001 he invented and developed the Dekompressor™ percutaneous disectomy probe – a tool to treat symptomatic disc herniation.
  • In 2009 he invented the Nimbus Multi-tined Expandable Electrode, used in radiofrequency procedures.
  • Relocating to Australia with his family in 2019, Dr Wright is energetically involved in patient care, research and teaching as he enters the next chapter of his career with Sydney Pain Management Centre. 

Rob’s philosophy for pain management:

“Non-diagnoses such as ‘non-specific lower back pain’ are neither informative nor helpful in developing a solid strategy for durable relief. Using a diagnostic procedure to get to the root cause and validate patient complaints not only gives confidence in the treatment team, but most importantly offers the patient hope that they will be able to control the pain, rather than the pain controlling them.

I also believe that the best doctors listen more than they talk. Patients typically know what is wrong with them and will tell you if you listen. A truly present physician connecting with the patient is more valuable than reviewing years of past medical records.”