Dr. Ramana (Ramo) Naidu is an anesthesiologist and pain physician who is the medical director of pain management at Marin General Hospital. He helps patients manage, reduce, or eliminate pain that occurs after medical illness, trauma, or surgery and puts an emphasis on preventing pain from becoming chronic or persistent. Naidu is primarily based at California Orthopedics & Spine, serving to help patients with pain before and after surgery. He emphasizes trying to manage pain without relying on opioid medications using a multi-disciplinary approach involving pain psychologists, physical therapists, complementary and integrative approaches. In addition to a range of injection-based procedures using fluoroscopy or ultrasound, Naidu performs advanced interventional procedures such as radiofrequency ablation, minimally-invasive lumbar spine decompression, spinal cord, dorsal root ganglion, and peripheral nerve stimulation.
Naidu earned a medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison where he was born and raised. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a fellowship in pain management at UCSF where he continued to practice for another five years as an assistant professor. He was a Fulbright Scholar in public health in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. During this time, he studied hospital-acquired infections and the dissemination of information regarding prevention. Dr. Naidu is engaged in clinical research as he is interested in ensuring that we have safe, economical, and effective therapies for specific pain conditions.