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Parakulam S Thomas, MD, FACA

Parakulam S Thomas, MD, FACA
Appointed 07/01/81
4736 Upstate University Hospital
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-4259

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown
  • Community

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Anesthesiology: Acute Pain Management, Chronic Pain Management, General Anesthesia, Pain Treatment, Regional Anesthesiology


Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, 1980
  • MD: Gandhi Nagar Medical College, India, 1972

Clinical Interests

  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy; low back pain

Research Interests

  • Low Back Pain; Discogenic Disease; Spinal Stenosis; Lumbar Radiculopathy; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy; Myofascial Pain Syndrome; Past Laminectomy Syndrome; Headaches; Facet disease; Fibromyalgia

Clinical Trials

  • The utility of Stellate Ganglion Blocks in patients with PTSD and Neuropathic pain
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Specialties & Certification

  • Anesthesiology
  • Chronic Pain Management


  • Adults and Children


  • Adult Anesthesiology
  • Chronic Pain Rehabilitation
  • Electrical Stimulation for Pain
  • Epidural/Caudal
  • Fluoroscopic Guided Precision Blocks
  • General Anesthesia for Bone Marrow Biopsy and Aspiration, and Spinal Tap Procedures
  • General Anesthesia for Dental Procedures
  • General Anesthesia for Radiographic Procedures (MRI, CT Scan, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine)
  • General Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures (General Surgery, ENT, Orthopedics, Vascular, Neurosurgery, and Others)
  • Intrathecal Pump Management
  • Intrathecal Pump Refill
  • Pain Control
  • Periphal blocks


  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA)

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • VA Medical Center

Languages Spoken (Other Than English)

  • Malayalam

Web Resources


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Research Abstract

Selected References

B.R. Krauss, A. Barbar, P.S. Thomas, A.V. Apkarian, Performance on a Decision-Making Task in Sympathetically Mediated Chronic Pain (RSD CRPS I) Patients: Evidence for Cognitive Impairment. 9th World Congress on Pain, August 22-27, 1999, Vienna, Austria

Willoughby PH, Thomas PS, Kamani V, Joy S. Epidural Blood Patch Performed on a 23 Month Old Male: A Case Report. 53rd Post Graduate Assembly, New York, New York, December 1999.

Igor D. Grachev, TS Ramachandran, Thomas, PS, NM Szeverenyi, BF Fredrickson: Association between dorsolateral prefrontal N-acetyl aspartate and depression in chronic back pain: An in vivo evidence for overlapping circuitries in the brain, Submitted for publication in Journal of Neural Transmission, January 18, 2002.

Thomas PS, Apkarian AV, Krauss BR, Szeverenyi NM: Differential effects of blocking chronic RSD pain on frontal and parietal cortical activations: an MRI study. Soc. Neurosci, Abstract. 21 (1995)

Thomas PS, Krauss BR, Apkarian AV, Szeverenyi NM: Sympathetically maintained chronic pain is a hyperfrontal condition. Soc. Neurosci Abst. 23 (1997)

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