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Robert W. Hurley, MD, PhD

Robert W Hurley

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Joint Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
Chief of Pain Medicine, University of Florida
Director, UF Pain and Spine Center
Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program Director, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida


2002 MD (Honors) University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago, IL
2000 PhD, Neurobiology University of Chicago Chicago, IL
2003 Internship University of Chicago-MacNeal Hospital Chicago, IL
2006 Residency, Anesthesiology Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Baltimore, MD
2007 Fellowship, Pain Medicine Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Baltimore, MD


Research Interest Acute pain, persistent pain, cancer pain, Neuropathic pain Spinal Cord Stimulation therapies

Special Accomplishments

2009 Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
2009 Medical Director, Center for Neuromodulation at Johns Hopkins, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
2009 Co-Chair, Institutional Task Force on Pain Management, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD



Robert W. Hurley, MD/PhD is an Associate Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology, Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Neurology. Dr. Hurley is an associate editor of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (RAPM) and an guest-editor for Anesthesia and Analgesia (A&A). He is a frequent reviewer of publications for the journals Pain, Spine, Spine Journal and Anesthesiology among other publications. He has served on the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Research and is serving on the Committee on Pain.  He serves as the chair of the Committee for Research for the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Hurley has been involved in research on the topic of pain for over 20 years and has published more than 70 articles, reviews and book chapters on a wide range of topics involving pain conditions and their treatment. He has been a presenter at several national and international meetings and won several research awards. Dr. Hurley is a member of the American Pain Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Neuroscience, International Anesthesia Research Society, and American Society of Regional Anesthesia. Dr. Hurley completed his Bachelor of Arts in Neuropsychology from McGill University, Montreal Canada. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Neuroscience and his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Chicago where he was elected to the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and graduated with Honors. Dr. Hurley completed his internship at the MacNeal Hospital-University of Chicago and his anesthesiology residency at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He completed his fellowship in pain medicine at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He joined the faculty of the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he was the Director of the JH Blaustein Pain Treatment Center and the JH Center for Neuromodulation. Dr. Hurley came to the University of Florida in July of 2009 to become the Director of Pain Medicine for the University of Florida and develop and direct the multidisciplinary/multidepartmental Division of Pain Medicine.

Leadership and Service

Dr. Hurley is involved international, national and local leadership.  Dr. Hurley is among the leaders of the American Society for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine as well past-member of the Board of Directors for the Alachua County Medical Society.  Dr. Hurley leads the UF Health pain medicine committee and is involved on many other important committees at UF Health.


His clinical interests involve interventional management of acute and chronic pain management especially acute and chronic radicular (leg and/arm) pain, acute or chronic radicular pain after spine surgery (aka failed back or post-laminectomy syndrome), post-thoracotomy pain, post-mastectomy pain, chest pain (angina pectoris) refractory to medical management, low back pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome (reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)), post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles), and post-amputation pain. His procedural and research interests include spinal cord stimulation, and peripheral nerve stimulation in treatment of chronic pain conditions. Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine