Prof Joanna Zakrzewska

Prof Joanna ZakrzewskaTel: 020 3456 1053
Fax: 020 3456 1105

Eastman Dental Hospital

Facial pain

Professional background

Facial Pain lead consultant at EDH since April 2007, Hon. Professor at UCL.
After obtaining dental ( King's College London) and medical (University of Cambridge ) degrees and specialist training in oral medicine Joanna gained an MD in trigeminal neuralgia and a personal chair in facial pain. She held an academic post at the dental school at Queen Mary, London for 10 years before moving to her present post. 

Joanna was the first non-anaesthetist to become a member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine. She has written four books and contributed chapter to 15 books, and written over 100 peer-reviewed papers, as well as lecturing nationally and internationally. 

Research interests

  • Facial pain especially trigeminal neuralgia, evidence based medicine, patient centred care - Trustee of a patient support group.
    Clinical trials
    Contribute to clinical guidelines on trigeminal neuralgia
    Artist in residence program to look at the visual language of pain


Book :
Orofacial Pain Editor Zakrzewska J M  Oxford University Press 2009 ISBN 978-0-19-923669-5

1.Zakrzewska JM Facial pain : an update Curr Opin Support Palliat Care 2009: 3:125-130

2.Jorns T, Johnston A, Zakrzewska J. Pilot study to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of levetiracetam (Keppra) in treatment of patients with trigeminal neuralgia. EJoN 2009: 740-744
3.Zakrzewska JM, Jorns TP, Spatz A. Patient led conferences - Who attends, are their expectations met and do they vary in three different countries? Eur J Pain 2009:13:486-491
4.Gronseth G, Cruccu G, Alksne J, Argoff C, Brainin M, Burchiel K, Nurmikko T, Zakrzewska JM. Practice parameter: the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia (an evidence-based review): report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the European Federation of Neurological Societies.Neurology. 2008 Oct 7;71(15):1183-90.
5.Cruccu G, Gronseth G, Alksne J, Argoff C, Brainin M, Burchiel K, Nurmikko T, Zakrzewska JM; American Academy of Neurology Society; European Federation of Neurological Society.AAN-EFNS guidelines on trigeminal neuralgia management  Eur J Neurol. 2008 Oct;15(10):1013-28.
6.Zakrzewska JM, Linskey ME. Clin Evid (Online). 2009 Mar 12;2009. pii: 1207.PMID: 19445753
7.Spatz,AL, Zakrzewska JM, Kay EJ Decision analysis of medical and surgical treatments for trigeminal neuralgia: How patient evaluations of benefits and risks affect the utility of treatment decisions. Pain 2007: 131:302-310
8.Jorns TP, Zakrzewska J M Evidence-based approach to the medical management of trigeminal neuralgia. Br J Neurosurg. 2007;21(3):253-61.
9.Zakrzewska JM, Lopez BC, Kim SE, Coakham HB. Patient reports of satisfaction after microvascular decompression and partial sensory rhizotomy for trigeminal neuralgia. Neurosurgery 2005;56:1304-1311.

GMC/GDC number: 2525044