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Ajay R. Vellore, M.D, M.S.

Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine Physician

Dr. Ajay Vellore, M.D., M.S.

Background

Dr. Vellore is a double board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management physician, originally hailing from the Washington D.C. metro area. His areas of interest include advanced interventional spine care as well as neurostimulation for all types of neuropathies and nerve injuries. He also has rich experience with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), having presented on the subject in Grand Rounds during his last year of residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Vellore has two main principles when it comes to caring for patients: taking a holistic approach, and also aiming to restore functionality for patients, whether that may be as complex as getting back into elite sports and fitness, or as straightforward as being able to walk longer distances. Either way, he prides himself on first understanding the needs and goals of his patients, and working to tailor a treatment program in response, as opposed to vice versa. Having suffered a catastrophic knee injury in medical school which helped guide him towards pain management as a career, he understands the physical and mental toll acute and chronic pain can cause. This is a large part of his motivation to continue caring for patients with the most updated and effective treatments, and also to advance the field of pain management.

Education & Training

Dr. Vellore attended the University of Maryland Honors Program for his undergraduate studies, where he graduated with a degree in Microbiology. He then went on to successfully pursue a Master’s degree at Georgetown University in Physiology and Biophysics. His next stop was Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, Virginia, where he completed his Doctor of Medicine. He then went on to complete a residency in Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic, where he was selected to be chief resident in his final year. Lastly, he then came to Colorado after being accepted for a pain management fellowship at the University of Colorado, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Career Rewards

Dr. Vellore has a passion for education and teaching, and was not only selected to be chief resident in his final year of Anesthesiology residency at Mayo Clinic, but also resident educator of the year. He has spoken at many national and regional meetings on a variety of subjects including neuromodulation, pharmacology, critical care, and clinical case studies in both pain management and anesthesiology. He is very active locally in the Colorado Pain Society as well. His major focus at this time is exploring new indications for non-invasive peripheral nerve stimulation, and also providing education and outreach for primary care providers with respect to pain management.

Hobbies & Interest

Outside of work, Dr. Vellore loves spending time with his wife and two young children. If there’s no snow on the ground, you probably will find him on a golf course, or even the soccer field. During the colder months, he is an avid snowboarder and casual ice hockey player.

”It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela