Dr Duncan Sanders
PhD, MScMed (Pain Mgmt), MPhty, BExSci
Duncan is a Senior Lecturer for the Master of Medicine (Pain Management), Sydney Medical School at the Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney and he is a Pain Management Physiotherapist. He completed his Ph.D. at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings’s College London. His Ph.D. exploring the brain mechanisms and modulation of persistent pain using modern neuroimaging techniques, which was nominated for the Kings College London graduate school prize. Over the last four years, his research focus has shifted from neurobiological mechanism of pain, to look at clinically relevant work focused on early identification, prevention, and management of chronic pain-related disability. He is currently working with colleagues on a project looking at early screening and intervention across the Primary Health Networks in Australia, which is jointly supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre.
Clinically Duncan has worked as a Physiotherapist in various settings, including pain clinics, the British Military, private practice and large tertiary hospitals. He was the Educational Development Physiotherapist and Clinical Specialist in Pain Management at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London. His main area of interest over the last 15 years has been in multidisciplinary pain management, working in world-renowned facilities including the Michael J Cousins Pain Management and Research Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital, and the UNPUT Pain Management Unit, St Thomas’ Hospital, London.
He is the past chair, vice-chair and current committee member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association NSW Pain Group. Many moons ago Duncan loved playing rugby. Now he enjoys running and loves skiing, almost as must as hanging out with his wife and two boys, 6yrs and 7yrs old.