Dr James Yu is an Australian-trained Interventional Pain Specialist and Consultant Anaesthetist.
Dr James Yu is a board-certified Interventional Pain Specialist and Consultant Anaesthetist with Fellowships from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA), Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA), and Interventional Pain Practice of the World Institute of Pain (FIPP). He has clinical expertise in medical and interventional management of chronic pain, including radiofrequency ablation, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal pump implantation.
Dr Yu is the Medical Director of Sydney Spine and Pain (SSP), a clinic with a number of multi-disciplinary pain centres across Sydney. He also serves as the Medical Director of SSP Rehab and the REGAIN Multidisciplinary Pain Management Program. Dr Yu delivers gold standard interdisciplinary pain management approach to chronic pain patients to facilitate better recovery and self-management of pain through the REGAIN program.
His passion for clinical research and evidence-based practice inspired him to establish Australian Medical Research (AMR), a private clinical research facility that works closely with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to conduct high quality clinical studies in Sydney. Dr Yu has been a primary investigator for clinical trials involving novel spinal cord stimulators, intra-discal injections, and pain medications.
Recognised by his peers for his expertise, Dr Yu is an examiner and training unit assessor for the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM). He has recently been appointed by the FPM as a supervisor for its pilot program to teach interventional pain procedures to pain fellowship trainee.
He is an Executive Board Member of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ) where he has organised and moderated the annual NSANZ cadaver workshops for the past four years.
Treatment Options Overview
Why is a multidisciplinary team needed?
Dr Yu works with a diverse team of professionals offering a multi-disciplinary approach to pain management and rehabilitation. This best-practice approach allows for superior outcomes as pain is rarely caused by a single ailment or condition. His team includes:
- Rehabilitation Physicians
- Consultant Psychiatrists
- Exercise Physiologists
- Registered Nurses
What are my options when medical therapy has failed?
For people living with chronic pain where non-invasive treatment has failed, interventional treatment options include:
- Spinal Injection
- Nerve Blocks
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection
- Radiofrequency (RF) treatment
- Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
MD, Doctor of Medicine
Fellow, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA)
Fellow, Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA)
Fellow, Interventional Pain Practice, World Institute of Pain (FIPP)
Anaesthetic fellowship at St George Hospital, Kogarah
Pain fellowship at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick
World Institute of Pain (FIPP) fellowship in Budapest
Area of Interest / Expertise
Complex spinal pain
Persistent postoperative pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
Medicinal Cannabis Clinical Research Trial
Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM)
Australian Pain Society (APS)
Australian and New Zealand Collegae of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA)
Australian Medical Association (AMA)
International Neuromodulation Society (INS)
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
World Institute of Pain (WIP)
American Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ASRA)
Hurstville (Waratah Private Hospital)
Darlinghurst (St Vincent’s Clinic)
Randwick (Prince of Wales Private Hospital)