Narayana Varhabhatla, MD
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Mercer University School of Medicine (2009)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Georgia Institute of Technology (2004)
  • University of Virginia Program, Anesthesiology (2013)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Pain Medicine (2015)
Department: Anesthesiology

Professional Titles

  • Interim Medical Director - Interventional Pain Clinic


  • Assistant Professor (2017)
    School of Medicine, Anesthesiology
    Spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, CRPS, headaches, joint pain, spine pain, back pain, neck pain, regenerative medicine, ultrasound guided procedures, fluorocopic guided procedures


  • Chow RM, Rajput K, Howie BA, Varhabhatla N. The COVID-19 vaccine and interventional procedures: Exploring the relationship between steroid administration and subsequent vaccine efficacy. Pain Pract. 2021 Jul 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34314563
  • Henson JV, Varhabhatla NC, Bebic Z, Kaye AD, Yong RJ, Urman RD, Merkow JS. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review. Pain Ther. 2021 Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34244979
  • Holmen IC, Merkow J, Kummer J, Varhabhatla N. A Case of Successful Treatment of Iatrogenic Superficial Cervical Plexus Neuropathy Following Upper Extremity Surgery with Interscalene Brachial Plexus Block. Ann Head Med. 2020;04:05. DOI: 10.30756/ahmj.2020.04.05
  • Chou CZ, Hopkins TJ, Badiola I, Gazelka HM, Gohil S, Kitt A, Luke WR, Vaughan CL, Jones CA, Varhabhatla N. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Interventional Pain and Procedures. J Palliat Med. 2020 Oct;23(10):1386-1391. PubMed PMID: 32865443
  • Merkow J, Varhabhatla N, Manchikanti L, Kaye AD, Urman RD, Yong RJ. Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression and Interspinous Process Device for the Management of Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: a Literature Review. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2020 Feb 18;24(4):13. PubMed PMID: 32072362
  • Varhabhatla NC, Zuo Z. Rising complication rates after intrathecal catheter and pump placement in the pediatric population: analysis of national data between 1997 and 2006. Pain Physician. 2012 Jan-Feb;15(1):65-74. PubMed PMID: 22270739
  • Varhabhatla N, Zuo Z. The effects of chronic pulmonary disease on hospital length of stay and cost of hospitalization after neurosurgery. Clinical article. J Neurosurg. 2011 Aug;115(2):375-9. PubMed PMID: 21495820
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Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, Pain Medicine Committee
  • Spine Intervention Society, Education Division
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, Pain Education Committee
  • World Academy of Pain Medicine United, Member
  • American Interventional Headache Society, Member
  • Society for Education in Anesthesia, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

UCHealth Pain Management Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

UCHealth A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic - Central Park
3055 Roslyn Street
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80238

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Anesthesiology, Board Certification (2013)
  • Pain Medicine, Board Certification (2015)
  • American Board of Headache Medicine, Board Certification (2019)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Spine - Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Spine
  • Spine - Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spine - Lumbar disc herniation
  • Spine - Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spine - Radiculopathy
  • Spine - Sacroiliac Joint
  • Spine - Sciatica
  • Spine - Slipped Disc
  • Spine - Cervical disc herniation
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include low back pain, neck pain, spinal cord stimulators, sciatica, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, joint pain, headaches, neuropathy.

Care Philosophy
I am committed to my patients and their families to deliver the highest quality care with compassion, innovation, science, and technology. I am the Medical Director of the Interventional Pain clinic, and I'm a triple-board certified (Pain, Headaches, Anesthesiology) pain physician. I was selected as a 5280 Top Doc by my peers and patients in Denver in August 2020. I trained with world experts in at Harvard and UVA, and look forward to bringing that same level of care to all Coloradans. Medical Director - Interventional Pain Clinic 5280 Top Doctor - Pain Medicine, August 2020 Triple Board Certified - Pain Medicine, Headache Medicine, Anesthesiology Editorial Board of Pain Physician Journal American Society of Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine Committee

Personal Interests
Fly-fishing, hiking, playing banjo and guitar

Volunteer Activities
Honduras - Anesthesiologist for a hand surgery mission

Public Speaking
Managing pain, nerve pain, joint pain, back pain Several news interviews on the opioid crisis

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Mercer University School of Medicine (2009)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Georgia Institute of Technology (2004)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Virginia Program, Anesthesiology (2013)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Pain Medicine (2015)
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Department: Anesthesiology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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