Thanthullu Vasu



Dr Thanthullu Vasu graduated in India in 1993 and then did postgraduate training in anaesthetics and pain relief. He did anaesthetic registrar training in Wales, where he developed a special interest in chronic pain management. He did a one-year advanced pain fellowship programme in London deanery; during this time, he worked in Whipps Cross University Hospital and St Bartholomews Hospital. He works as a Consultant in Pain Medicine in University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. He has been a Consultant in NHS since 2006.


During his training in London, he specialised in a variety of interventional pain blocks. He gained the prestigious Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice diploma offered by the World Institute of Pain through cadaver-based examination in 2007. He has organised the North Wales Pain Forum meetings in the past and the scientific session of the Welsh Pain Society meeting in 2007. He was the Lead for the Chronic pain team in North Wales in 2009/10 and in Leicester in 2016-2018; he was the Local Pain Medicine Education Supervisor for the trust from 2007 to 2012. 


Dr Vasu was an elected Council Member for the British Pain Society for the term 2009-2014 and a member of the Communications Committee and the Science and Research committee of the British Pain Society in the past. He was a member of the Research Ethics Committee for the North Wales - West from 2009 to 2012. He was a Council Member of the Welsh Pain Society from 2009-2012. He was the editor of Pain News, the official newsletter of the British Pain Society from 2011-2014. He was also one of the founding editors of POEN, the e-newsletter of the Welsh Pain Society.


He specialises in a variety of chronic pain conditions in adults including spinal pain (back/ neck), widespread pain including fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, neuropathic pain, abdominal/ visceral pain, chronic headaches etc. He does a variety of interventions and injections for pain conditions. His particular interest is in radiofrequency denervation injections for back and neck pain. He has experience in variety of pain injections, which he has performed in the NHS for more than 15 years as a Consultant. He has a theatre based list for injections in NHS every week as well as non-X-ray injection list every week.

Dr Vasu won the University Hospitals of Leicester Educator award in the Senior Consultant category in the whole Leicester trust for pain education in 2019. He also won the Team runner-up award for education in 2018.

Dr Vasu is an expert in chronic pain in children and leads a multidisciplinary chronic pain service for children, one of its kind in the whole of the Midlands. He has won national award for the innovations in paediatric pain which is quoted as an example for excellence in the website of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He has helped develop these skills in many health care professionals all over the country; he has helped develop these services in other regions also.

He is an international and national invited lecturer in various specialities of chronic pain. He represented the pain specialty in the first English Pain Summit held in Westminster, London in Nov 2011. He chaired/ led the Association of Anaesthetists pain workshop in their Winter Scientific Meeting in 2012. He has chaired the National Pain Exchange Meeting in 2015. He has been a Judge for the National Grunenthal Pain Awards for innovation and excellence in the past. He is a co-organiser of the Annual Midlands pain forum. He has published many scientific articles in esteemed journals in pain and has authored many chapters in various textbooks in pain. He has authored the Pain chapter in the Royal College of Surgeons CCrISP manual. He was invited for the prestigious national Change Pain lecture in Sept 2018 at Kings Fund Conference Centre, London.

His most popular text books include: Chronic Pain Management (ISBN 9781910079911, published Sep 2020) and CRQs in Anaesthesia (ISBN 9781910079799, published Aug 2019). These are available in following links:

Chronic Pain Management book

Chronic Pain Management - publisher

CRQs in Anaesthesia book

CRQs in Anaesthesia - publisher

Dr Vasu has lectured in many patient forums and groups including the Fibromyalgia group in Leicestershire (2019), Leicester University Grand Rounds (2019), Marvellous Medicine lecture in Leicester (2019, 2016), Bangor Science Cafe (2010) and Yns Mon Fibromyalgia group (2011).