Michael Erdek, MD, MA

Affiliate Faculty; Associate Professor

Contact

Deering Hall
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205
  • Associate Professor
    Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and of Oncology
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Michael Erdek, MD, MA, is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Erdek received his undergraduate medical education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Walter Lewis Croll Scholar. He trained in Surgery and in Anesthesiology prior to completing his subspecialty training in Pain Medicine and then Critical Care Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Erdek has published and lectured extensively in the field of Pain Medicine, is a member of the editorial boards for several journals in the field of Pain Medicine, and has lectured internationally and nationally at multiple conferences.

His clinical interests center on the assessment and interventional treatment of cancer pain and the use of neuromodulation therapy to treat refractory conditions of spasticity, neuropathic pain, and advanced vascular disease.

His work has close association with Bioethics in a number of areas. Treatment of cancer pain and provision of palliative care often involves questions of quality of life and resource utilization in the terminally ill. Additionally, there is a clear overlap between the current well-publicized opioid crisis and the ethics of safe, appropriate, and societally responsible treatment of pain.

Research Interests

  • Ethical use of technology in medicine
  • Ethical provision of end-of-life care
  • Ethical and societally responsible treatment of pain

Education

  • B.A., Duquesne University
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., St. Mary’s University

Activities

  • National Pancreas Foundation 2017 Compassionate Care Award
  • Faculty preceptor in clinical practice, Master of Bioethics degree program
    Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Member, Admissions committee, Master of Bioethics degree program
    Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics

Recent Publications

  • Erdek, MA. Pay-for-Performance Reimbursement for Clinicians: Common Sense or a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Pain Med. 2018 Oct 15. doi: 10.1093/pm/pny168.
  • Erdek MA, Pronovost PJ. The need for an ethics framework for the use of opioids in the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain. Pain Manag 2017 Jul;7(4):229-231.
  • Odonkor C, Kim G, Price C, Erdek MA. State of the art in cancer pain management: A systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence-based practice and determinants of pain outcomes in Africa, Europe and North America. Pain Manag 2017 Jul;7(4):299-310.
  • Odonkor C, Addison W, Smith S, Osei-Bonsu E, Tang T, Erdek MA. Connecting the dots: A comparative global multi-institutional study of prohibitive factors affecting cancer pain management. Pain Med 2017 Feb 1;18(2):363-373.