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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Kavita Poply


Senior Clinical Lecturer



Dr Kavita Poply is a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University London (QMUL and the Consultant in Pain and Neuromodulation at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. She was awarded PhD for her novel work on the “Effect of differential frequencies of spinal cord stimulator on pain matrix areas through PET neuroimaging”, which has been published in the “Neuromodulation” journal Jul 2022. She is running various research projects including NIHR trial and has been serving as Deputy director at Pain Research Centre (PaRC), St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.

She is Education lead for CVMD and the program lead for “Post Graduate certificate (PGcert) course in Neuromodulation and pain management”. She is successfully running these programs with the international faculty collaboration from Europe, India, Australia, and US.


Group members

Dr Vivek Mehta; Anthony Mathur;Amrita Ahluwalia; Parjam Zolfaghari; Rupert Pearse; Gareth Ackland; Qasim Aziz


I am the Deputy Director for Pain Research Centre at Barts Health NHS trust since 2020. Current grants (2023) are as follows:

Principal Investigator

  1. PILOW Wave-writer: gov NCT03818074 Investigator Grant £188,000. Boston Scientific.  
  2. Multifidus PET study: gov NCT04327817 Investigator Grant £298,000 Mainstay.  


  1. Site co-investigator for NIHR RADICAL study: Radiofrequency denervation for chronic and moderate to severe low back pain: The RADICAL trial Award ID: NIHR127457
  2. Site co-investigator for NIHR PHANTOM HTA Trial The Efficacy of Combined Dorsal Root Ganglion and Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Management of Severe Phantom Limb Pain: A Multicentre, Randomised Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study (PHANTOM). NIHR-HTA 19/74
  3. TruBurst  study: The True Efficacy of Burst Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Management of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: Abbotts Multicentre trial IRAS 316297- ethics under progress.
  4. HIDENS study gov NCT03716973; Investigator Grant £226,719, Medtronic. Study completed.   radiculopathy - HIDENS Study. Pain Pract. 2021 Oct 24. doi: 10.1111/papr.13087.
  5. Reactivate B study Clinical NCT02577354: Investigator Grant £409,000Mainstay Top recruiter in Europe. FDA trial.  
  6. DEFY-PET study: NCT03716557. Investigator Grant £167,000. Boston Scientific.
  7. RELIEF global outcome study: Investigator Grant £80,000 Boston Scientific. Real world outcome data. Published on behalf of Relief investigators.  
  8. Clinical Outcomes in Neuromod Investigator Grant £250,000 Medtronic

Key Publications

Publications in last 3 years (2019-22)

  1. Poply K, Haroon A, Ganeshan B, Nikolic S, Sharma S, Ahmad A, Ellamushi H, Parsai A, Mehta V. Dynamic Brain Imaging Response to Spinal Cord Stimulation Differential Frequencies DiFY SCS-PET clinical trial. Neuromodulation. 2022 Sep 20:S1094-7159(22)00773-5. doi: 10.1016/j.neurom.2022.07.012. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36151010.
  2. Poply K. Essential Notes in Pain Medicine, Edited by Enrique Collantes Celador, Jan Rudiger, and Alifia Tameem. Oxford university press, June 2022
  3. Mehta V, Poply K, Ahmad A, Lascelles J, Elyas A, Sharma S, Ganeshan B, Ellamushi H, Nikolic S. Effectiveness of high dose spinal cord stimulation for non-surgical intractable lumbar radiculopathy - HIDENS Study. Pain Pract. 2021 Oct 24. doi: 10.1111/papr.13087. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34689409.
  4. Kavita Poply, Serge Nikolic, Habib Ellamushi, Alia Ahmad, Angie Alamgir, Vivek Mehta. A pilot study investigating high‐density spinal cord stimulation for intractable lumbar radiculopathy in virgin‐back patients. Abstracts from the 22nd Annual Meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society. First published: 11 April 2019. Neuromodulation Volume 18 Issue2. 
  5. Angie Alamgir, Serge Nikolic, Habib Ellamushi, Richard Vangronigen, Kavita Poply, Joanne Lascelles, Vivek Mehta. A real-world follow‐up of pain, depression and quality of life outcomes in a UK Neuromodulation Centre. Abstracts from the 1st Joint Congress of the INS European Chapters. Neuromodulation: Technology to Improve Patients’ Lives. First published: 13 February 2019. Neuromodulation Volume 22 Issue 3.
  6. Kavita Poply. Sphenopalatine ganglion Stimulation Therapy: Procedural Challenged. Invited Faculty Abstracts from the International Neuromodulation Society's 14th World Congress. First published: 21 October 2019. Neuromodulation Volume 22. Issue 7. 


  • Barts Charity
  • National Institute of Health and Research (NIHR)
  • The Spine Foundation
  • Boston Scientific
  • Abbotts
  • Mainstay Medical
  • Medtronic
  • Saluda Medical
  • Nevro


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