Dr Guy Buchanan (Anaesthetist)
Victoria Pain Specialists’ Associate Dr Guy Buchanan is an experienced medical practitioner with a focus on compassion in medical practice.
Guy obtained his medical degree at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1990. He trained in anaesthesia at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and then undertook specialist practice in Canberra from 2000. During this time he served as Supervisor of Training (Anaesthesia) for four years as well as undertaking other service roles. He performed committee work for both the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the Australian Medical Association (ACT branch). He also volunteered with mountain rescue and first aid serving as a member of the medical advisory committee of the Australian Ski Patrol Association and contributed to keeping the knowledge base and protocols up to date. He is one of the inaugural members of the Communication in Anaesthesia special interest group, which is dedicated to improving anaesthetists’ communication skills. During this time of specialist anaesthesia practice, Guy became increasingly fascinated by the complex interplay between acute and chronic pain and the failure of common approaches to help the most difficult situations which then spurred him to seek to obtain additional training in pain medicine.
From 2014 to 2016 Guy obtained specialist training in pain medicine. Initially at the Nepean Hospital in Sydney where he held a pro bono position while commuting from Canberra and passed his specialist examinations in pain medicine. More recently he completed his pain training in Geelong at the Pain Matrix clinic.
Guy is trained in pain medicine and interventional pain procedures practiced in a true bio psychosocial context. That is, to address the pain directly and to support the person who is suffering with the pain. Drawing on his medical expertise and personal approach to help solve often complex problems, Guy enjoys taking the time to understand the pain and then in collaboration with all the team members (of which the patient is the central team member) work towards improving function and reducing suffering. He is trained in techniques including nerve and joint blocks, epidural injections, radiofrequency procedures and spinal cord stimulation.
Guy’s ancestors arrived in Melbourne in 1842 and although he was born in Sydney, he attended primary school here. He then studied and worked in Sydney and Canberra for many years but feels that he has now come back home. He enjoys time spent with family and friends, reading and outdoor pursuits. He is a lifelong Tigers supporter and believes that they will make the top eight next year.”
- Hospital Affiliations
- St John of God Ballarat Hospital
- Affiliated Clinics
- Pain Specialists Australia
- Metro Pain Group - VIC
- Affiliated Organisations
- Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)