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Dr. Irfan Suleman is an associate professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include Pediatric Anesthesia and Pediatric Pain Management. He is a nationally and internationally recognized physician in these fields. Dr. Suleman also serves as the Director of Pediatric Regional Anesthesia and the Director of Pediatric Chronic Pain Interventional Management at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.


Dr. Suleman completed his anesthesiology residency training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and received an “Excellence in Pediatric Anesthesia 2008” award at his graduation. He completed his pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH)/UAMS in 2009. He continued to work as a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at ACH, where he developed a Pediatric Regional Anesthesia program and served as its director . He is board certified by the Diplomat of American Board of Anesthesiology (2011) and Pediatric Anesthesiology (2014).

Dr. Suleman’s passion and interest is in pediatric pain. As his interest grew, he decided to expand his skills further to include multidisciplinary chronic pediatric pain management and chronic pediatric interventional pain management. He completed his Pediatric Pain fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard University, this training makes him a unique physician in the country.

Dr. Suleman is working on various projects for pediatric pain and is instrumental in discovering new techniques for postoperative pain control in children.

Dr. Suleman completed a teaching scholar program and is actively involved in teaching residents, fellows, and faculty. He was awarded the “Dean's Resident Teaching Award 2013.”

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Research Publications

Suleman MI, Edala T, Abraham E, Siddiqu MS (2015). Non-Trigger Anesthesia Management in a Patient With Leigh's Syndrome Presenting for Dental Rehabilitation. Anesth Pain Med. 5(6), e28804. 

Suleman MI, AkbarAli AN, Siddiqui MS, Alfonso WF (2015). A SHARED OPERATIVE FIELD AND THE DISPUTE--IS THERE A WAY OUT? Middle East J Anaesthesiol. 23(2), 257-9. 

Dilley JD, Siddiqui MS, Dassinger S, Suleman MI (2015). Central line placement in the presence of a ventriculo-atrial shunt. J Ark Med Soc. 111(8), 162.

Liem EB, Lin CM, Suleman MI, Doufas AG, Gregg RG, Veauthier JM, Loyd G, Sessler DI(2004). Anesthetic requirement is increased in redheads. Anesthesiology. 101(2), 279-83. 

Akça O, Liem E, Suleman MI, Doufas AG, Galandiuk S, Sessler DI (2003). Effect of intra-operative end-tidal carbon dioxide partial pressure on tissue oxygenation. Anaesthesia. 58(6), 536-42. 

Doufas AG, Lin CM, Suleman MI, Liem EB, Lenhardt R, Morioka N, Akça O, Shah YM, Bjorksten AR, Sessler DI (2003). Dexmedetomidine and meperidine additively reduce the shivering threshold in humans. Stroke. 34(5), 1218-23. 

Sakurai M, Suleman MI, Morioka N, Akça O, Sessler DI (2003). Minute sphere acupressure does not reduce postoperative pain or morphine consumption. Anesth Analg. 96(2), 493-7, table of contents.

Doufas AG, Akça O, Barry A, Petrusca DA, Suleman MI, Morioka N, Guarnaschelli JJ, Sessler DI (2002). Initial experience with a novel heat-exchanging catheter in neurosurgical patients. Anesth Analg. 95(6), 1752-6, table of contents.

Suleman MI, Doufas AG, Akça O, Ducharme M, Sessler DI (2002). Insufficiency in a new temporal-artery thermometer for adult and pediatric patients. Anesth Analg. 95(1), 67-71, table of contents.

Other Publications

Suleman M, AkbarAli A, Kanarek V, Li M, Patel A, Ultrasound-guided In-Plane Penile Nerve Block for Circumcision: A New, Modified Technique Suggests Lower Anesthetic Volume and Narcotic UseMiddle East Journal of Anesthesiology, 2016 October; 23(6):647-53.

M-Irfan Suleman MD; Ultrasound-Guided Penile Nerve Block for Circumcision: A New, Modified Technique. Anesthesiology NEWS, May 2015. Vol 41:5

AkbarAli A, Tariq S, Suleman M, Management of Postdural Puncture Headache with Pseudotumor Cerebri First Newsletter of the Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine, Mar 2014

S. Shahzad MD, M. Suleman MD, H. Shahab MD, I. Mazour MD, S. Lippmann MD: Do Antipsychotic Medications Cause Cataract. The Kentucky Psychiatrist 2001; 12:6-7