Dr. Malhotra completed his undergraduate studies in Neurobiology at Yale University, after which he attended the 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. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.
Dr. Malhotra treats many acute and chronic pain conditions with a focus on preventing the development of chronic pain after surgery or injury. He has a particular interest in ultrasound and fluoroscopy-guided procedures to diagnose and treat spine, nerve, and joint pains. These include medial branch blocks, facet blocks, pulsed and ablative radiofrequency, epidural steroid injections, transforaminal injections, caudal injections, joint injections (sacroiliac, shoulder, knee, hip), nerve injections (occipital, supraorbital, infraorbital, trigeminal, brachial plexus and arm branches, lumbar plexus and leg branches, ilioinguinal, iliohypogastric, genitofemoral, transversus abdominis plane, intercostals, suprascapular), trochanteric bursa injections, carpal and tarsal tunnel injections, muscle-specific trigger point injections, botulinum toxin, sympathetic plexus blocks (stellate, lumbar, celiac, superior hypogastric, ganglion impar), and spinal cord stimulation.
In addition to interventions, Dr. Malhotra strives to optimize medication regimens and physical activity using evidence-based guidelines in order to return patients to their maximal level of functioning.
Dr. Malhotra has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, and textbook chapters on pain and anesthesiology and has presented lectures, posters, and led problem-based discussion groups on these topics at several meetings including the American Society of Anesthesiologists national meeting and the New York Society of Anesthesiologists Post-Graduate Assembly.
American Board of Anesthesiology
BS, Yale University
MD, Duke University
Internship, Internal Medicine
St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Ctr.
University of California - San Francisco
Fellowship, Pain Management
Stanford University Hospital
Stanford University Division of Pain Management
Mark A. Rosen Resident Scholarship Award
University of California, San Francisco
Senior Medical Student Merit Scholarship
Duke University School of Medicine
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Duke University School of Medicine
Eugene Stead Research Scholarship
Duke University School of Medicine
Distinction in Neurobiology
Summa Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP)
Dr. Malhotra conducts clinical research on risk factors and interventions that influence acute postsurgical pain and the development of chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP). He is particularly interested in the early diagnosis and treatment of pain conditions to prevent the development of intractable chronic pain.
Malhotra A, Mackey S. Outcomes in Pain Medicine: A Brief Review. Pain and Therapy 2012; 1(5).
Malhotra V, Sudheendra V, O'Hara J, Malhotra A. Anesthesia and the Renal and Genitourinary Systems: Urogenital Pain Syndromes. In:.
Malhotra A, Malhotra V. Quality of Care and Patient Safety. In:.
Malhotra A, Malhotra V, Rawal N. Perioperative Pain Management. In:.
Zhu S, Malhotra A, Zhang L, Deng S, Zhang T, Freedman N, Storms R, Peppel K, Goldschmidt-Clermont P, Dong C. Human umbilical cord blood endothelial progenitor cells decrease vein graft neointimal hyperplasia in SCID mice. Atherosclerosis 2010; 212(1).
Malhotra A, Shi Y, Jalota L, Hornuss C, Apfel C. Smoking is a risk factor for severe postoperative pain after ambulatory surgery.;.
Malhotra A, Foss J, Jalota L, Viscusi E, Apfel C. Effect of Alvimopan on Opioid-Induced Nausea.;.
Malhotra V, Malhotra A. Nephrectomy/Radical Nephrectomy. In:.
Apfel C, Cakmakkaya O, Grings G, Kranke P, Malhotra A, Stader A, Turan A, Biedler A, Kolodzie K. Droperidol has comparable clinical efficacy against both nausea and vomiting. Br J Anaesth 2009; 103(3).
Jokela R, Cakmakkaya O, Danzeisen O, Korttila K, Kranke P, Malhotra A, Paura A, Radke O, Sessler D, Soikkeli A, Roewer N, Apfel C. Ondansetron has similar clinical efficacy against both nausea and vomiting. Anaesthesia 2009; 64(2).
Apfel C, Malhotra A, Leslie J. The role of neurokinin-1 receptor antagonists for the management of postoperative nausea and vomiting. Curr Opin Anesth 2008; 21(4).
Apfel C, Malhotra A. Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting: Current Thinking and New Directions [review]. ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology 2008; 36(1).
McKay RE, Malhotra A, Cakmakkaya OS, Hall KT, McKay WR, Apfel CC. Effect of increased body mass index and anaesthetic duration on recovery of protective airway reflexes after sevoflurane vs desflurane. British journal of anaesthesia 2010 Feb; 104(2).
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