Stephan Schug

Professor, MD Cologne, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA, EDPM

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Biography

Stephan Schug is currently Professor and Chair of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine in the Medical School of the University of Western Australia and Director of Pain Medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital, Australia.

He studied medicine at the University of Cologne, Germany, where he also obtained his MD by thesis in clinical pharmacology and subsequently specialised in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine.

Very early in his career, he focused his clinical and research interests on the treatment of patients in pain. Initially he was involved in the setting up and running of the first German cancer pain treatment centre with his friend and colleague Dr. Detlev Zech.

After accepting a position in New Zealand in 1989, he initiated one of the first Acute Pain Services in Autralasia at Auckland Hospital. The planned stay of one year became 12 years after he accepted the successorship of Associate Professor Robert Boas a the Head of Secton of Anaesthetics at the University of Auckland. Over the next years he developed academic anaesthesia a the University of Auckland and was awarded a Personal Chair in Anesthesiology in 2000.

In 2001 he moved to Perth, Western Australia, where he succeeded the Inaugural Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Western Australia, Professor Teik Oh, in 2006. As the Director of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine of Royal Perh Hospital his clinical responsibilities include the running of a Comprehensive Inpatient Pain Service at this hospital as well as a multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Centre under the auspices of the WA Statewide Pain Service. Pain Medicine at RPH is accredited for training by the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Autralian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

He has written over 85 research and 180 review papers, as well as abstracts, letters, and editorials, and has edited or co-authored several books, book chapters, and monographs. He is currently on editorial and review boards of several leading journals including Pain & Therapy, Annals of Palliative Medicine, Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, Best Practice in Anesthesiology Research, Canadian Journal of Painand CNS Drugs and reviewing for most leading journals in the area of anaesthesiology and pain medicine including Pain, Anesthesiology, Anaesthesia Analgesia and European Journal of Pain.

Professor Schug is an active member of several pain and anaesthesia societies including Chair of the SIG Acute Pain of IASP and Chair of the SIG Acute Pain of ACE (ANZCA, ASA, NZSA), Secretary General of Asian & Oceanic Society of Regional Anaesthesia (AOSRA)and is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and its Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPMANZCA), where he is a member of the Board of the Faculty. 

Roles and responsibilities

Professor and Chair of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Director of Pain Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital

Future research

Obesity and chronic pain
Ketamine in neuropathic pain
Opioid stewardship (including discharge medication, deprescribing, opioid sparing)
Safety, toxicity, abuse, misuse and diversion of atypical opioids
Procedure-specific postoperative pain management
Role of ketamine and lignocaine as preventive analgesics
Chronic postsurgical and post traumatic pain

Funding overview

Major Research Grants 2001 - 2018

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Peyton PA, Leslie K, Story D, Myles P, Chan M, Schug S, Evered L, Braat S
Reduction Of Chronic Post-surgical Pain with Ketamine – ROCKet Trial
$4,823,395 for 2017 to 2021

Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthetists ANZCA
Schug SA, Browne A, Sebely P
Obesity and Chronic Pain Management in Western Australia: Piloting a New Model of Care
$ 49,286 for 2016/2017

Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthetists ANZCA
Schug SA, Joyce DA
Osteoarthritis pain: mechanisms and mediators. The roles of NGF and IL-1
$ 59,480 for 2014

Neurotrauma Research Program Grants through WAIMR
Byrnes M, Schug SA, Beilby J, Hart M
No Pain, No Gain: RCT of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for neurotrauma patients experiencing chronic pain
$173,000 for 2011/2012

Neurotrauma Research Program Grants through WAIMR
Corcoran T, Paech M, Schug SA, Mori TA, Honeybull S, Ho KM
Neuroprostanes reflect ongoing neurological injury
$ 90,000 for 2009

State Health Research Advisory Council grant (SHRAC)
Slater H, Davies S, Kermode FL, Schug SA,
Increasing the uptake of evidence-based clinical guidelines in the management of acute non-specific low back pain in primary care: an targeted education program for General Practitioners
$125,000 for 2009

Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthetists ANZCA
Schug SA, Rao S
"Identifying clinical predictors of longer-term outcomes among severe physical trauma survivors."
$30,349 for 2008, $30,349 for 2009

Neurotrauma Research Program Grants through WAIMR
Schug SA, Ray P, Browne A, Redwood T, Fortescue N, Byrnes M, Ker J
‘Holistic Multidisciplinary Approach to the Treatment of Pain for Individuals following Spinal Cord Injury Utilizing a Biopsychosocial Model’
$100,000 for 2007/2008, $ 105,000 for 2008/2009, $ 110,000 for 2009/2010

State Health Research Advisory Council grant (SHRAC)
Davies S, Packer T, Schug SA, Quintner JL, Graham C, Parkitny L, Coleman P
“Self-training educative pain sessions to provide earlier self-management advice to patients referred to a state government pain unit.”
$ 150,000 for 2007/2008

State Health Research Advisory Council grant (SHRAC) through
Injury Prevention Network Clinical Research Fund
Brown A, Rao S, Schug SA, Fong K
"Identifying clinical predictors of longer-term outcomes among severe physical trauma survivors."
$ 62,240 for 2007/2008

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS, Dr Michael James Paech, Dr Thomas Ledowski, A/Prof Stephan Alexander Schug 2007, 'The Use of Skin Conductance Monitoring to Predict Severe Hypotension After Spinal Anaesthesia for Elective Caesarean Section', Funds: $15,149.00.

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS A/Prof Stephan Alexander Schug 2006, 'Psychological Factors that Predict Patient Satisfaction & Response to Multidisciplinary Treatment for Chronic Pain', Funds: $17,000.00.

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS, A/Prof Stephan Alexander Schug, Dr Davina Joy French, Ms P A Ray, Dr Jennifer M Morgan 2005, 'Predicting Outcomes in Chronic Pain Patients Attending a Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Centre.' Funds: $15,000.00.

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS A/Prof Stephan Alexander Schug, A/Prof Kenneth Frank Ilett, Mr B Jenkins 2004, 'Pharmacokinetics of Sublingual Ketamine for Pain Treatment', Funds: $39,840.00.

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS A/Prof Stephan Alexander Schug, Dr Fiona Melanie Wood, Dr Sarah J Harper 2004, 'Botulinum Toxin in the Treatment of Pain Associated with Upper Limb Burns.', Funds: $20,000.00.

NHMRC Project Grants Dr J R Rigg, Dr P S Myles, Dr P J Peyton, Dr B S Silbert, A/Prof Stephan Alexander Schug 2002, 'Preoperative risk factors, adverse outcomes and effects of epidural and spinal anaesthesia', Funds: $66,000.00.

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS Dr J R Rigg, Dr P S Myles, Prof Konrad David Jamrozik, A/Prof Stephan Alexander Schug 2001, 'Preoperative risk factors, adverse outcomes and effects of epidural and spinal anaesthesia.' Funds: $15,000.00.

Previous positions

1988 Consultant Anaesthetist, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, University of Cologne
Co-Director, Cancer Pain Management Center, University of Cologne
1989-1990 Temporary Acting Specialist Anaesthetist,
Pain Clinic and Department of Anaesthesia, Auckland Hospital
1991-1994 Senior Lecturer in Anaesthetics, University of Auckland
1995-1999 Associate Professor in Anaesthetics, University of Auckland
1991-1999 Head, Section of Anaesthetics, Dept. of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Auckland
1989-2000 Clinical Director, Acute Pain Service, Auckland Hospital
1991-1999 Visiting Specialist, The Auckland Regional Pain Service and Dept. of Anaesthesia, Auckland Hospital
2000 Professor and Chair, Division of Anaesthesiology, University of Auckland
2009/10 Visiting Professor at Dept of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine of the University of Münster, Germany
2015 Visiting Professor at Dept of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine of the University of Münster, Germany

Industrial relevance

Expert Advisor, member of Advisory Boards and/or speaking commitments for Andros Pharmaceuticals, bioCSL, Eli Lilly, Grunenthal, Indivior, iXBiopharma, Janssen, Lateral Pharma, Luye Pharma, Mundipharma, Pfizer, Phosphagenics and Seqirus via UWA Consultancies

Teaching overview

Pharmacology of analgesics and local anaesthetics in various medical and science papers
Anaesthesiology in the MD Course
Pain Medicine in the MD Course
External Teaching in the above areas at Curtin University, University of Vienna, EFIC Pain Schools and various graduate courses for allied health groups

Research

Professor Schug’s principal research interests include the management of acute and chronic pain, cancer pain, regional anaesthesia, the pharmacology of analgesics and anaesthetics and quality control in health care.

Languages

English
German
French (basic)

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Pharmacology, MD, University of Cologne

External positions

Secretary General, Asian & Oceanic Society of Regional Anaesthesia (AOSRA)

2017 → …

Chair of Special Interest Group 'Acute Pain', International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

2016 → …

Chair of Special Interest Group 'Acute Pain', Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE)

2013 → …

Member of the Board, Faculty of Pain Medicine of ANZCA

2011 → …

Keywords

  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Trials
  • Diagnostics
  • Medical Devices
  • Acute (including postoperative), chronic and cancer pain management
  • Neuroscience: pain
  • Pain medicine
  • Pharmacology of local anaesthetics and analgesics
  • Regional anaesthesia

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Research Output 2001 2019

36 Citations (Scopus)

Chronic pain as a symptom or a disease: the IASP Classification of Chronic Pain for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)

Treede, R. D., Rief, W., Barke, A., Aziz, Q., Bennett, M. I., Benoliel, R., Cohen, M., Evers, S., Finnerup, N. B., First, M. B., Giamberardino, M. A., Kaasa, S., Korwisi, B., Kosek, E., Lavandʼhomme, P., Nicholas, M., Perrot, S., Scholz, J., Schug, S., Smith, B. H. & 3 othersSvensson, P., Vlaeyen, J. W. S. & Wang, S. J., Jan 2019, In : Pain. 160, 1, p. 19-27 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

International Classification of Diseases
Chronic Pain
Pain
Visceral Pain
Musculoskeletal Pain

Development of evidence-based recommendations for procedure-specific pain management: PROSPECT methodology

the PROSPECT Working Group Collaborators, Oct 2019, In : Anaesthesia. 74, 10, p. 1298-1304

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pain Management
Postoperative Pain
Guidelines
Delivery of Health Care
1 Citation (Scopus)

Evidence-Based Management of Postoperative Pain in Adults Undergoing Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

on behalf of the PROSPECT collaborators, 1 Jan 2019, In : World Journal of Surgery. p. 1571-1580

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Gastrectomy
Postoperative Pain
Analgesics
Abdominal Muscles
Randomized Controlled Trials

Pain management after laparoscopic hysterectomy: Systematic review of literature and PROSPECT recommendations

PROSPECT Working Group & Schug, S., 1 Apr 2019, In : Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. 44, 4, p. 425-436 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pain Management
Hysterectomy
Analgesics
Acetaminophen
Postoperative Pain

PROSPECT guideline for rotator cuff repair surgery: systematic review and procedure‐specific postoperative pain management recommendations

Toma, O., Persoons, B., Pogatzki‐Zahn, E., Van de Velde, M., Joshi, G. P., Schug, S., Kehlet, H., Bonnet, F., Rawal, N., Delbos, A., Lavand'homme, P., Beloeil, H., Raeder, J., Sauter, A., Albrecht, E. & Lirk, P., 7 Aug 2019, In : Anaesthesia. p. anae.14796

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Rotator Cuff
Pain Management
Postoperative Pain
Nerve Block
Analgesics

Projects 2002 2017

Prizes

Pain Management
Pain
Education
Fathers
Health Personnel

Robert Orton Medal

Stephan Schug (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Honorary award

Anesthesia
Medal
Discretion