Tommy Spain Jr., MD $$

Pediatric Anesthesiologist and Pain Management

Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Thomas Spain, M.D., MPH, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Children’s Health℠ and an Associate Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is board-certified in general anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, pain medicine, hospice and palliative care, headache medicine and addiction medicine.

Dr. Spain earned his medical degree from the University of Texas HSC at San Antonio. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas Houston HSC in orthopaedic surgery, his pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center and his pain medicine fellowship at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. He focuses most of his time on pediatric pain medicine at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. His special interests include treating patients with migraine headaches, amplified musculoskeletal pain and chronic abdominal pain.

Dr. Spain is the medical director of the pediatric pain management service at Children’s Health. He is a member of the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and the Texas Pain Society.

In his free time, Dr. Spain enjoys running, biking, lifting weights, studying Spanish, serving in his church and mission work.

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Texas HSC at San Antonio (1999)
University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2001), Anesthesiology
University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2003), Anesthesiology
University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2002), Anesthesiology
University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2000), Orthopaedic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (2008), Pediatric Anesthesiology
Univ of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2005), Pain Medicine
Board Certification
American Board of Anesthesiology(Pediatric Anesthesiology),
American Board of Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine,
American Board of Anesthesiology(Hospice and Palliative Medicine)


  • Acupuncture 
  • Epidural Steroid Injections 
  • Ketamine Infusions
  • Research Interests

    Dr. Spain’s research interests include propofol to treat status migrainosus. He is also involved in studying how virtual reality can be used to decrease preoperative/procedural anxiety. 

    • Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome AMPS
    • Benign Hypermobility Syndrome
    • Cancer Pain
    • Chronic Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • Chronic Pain
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
    • Headache/Migraine
    • Musculoskeletal Pain
    • Nerve Injuries
    • Neuropathic Pain
    • Peripheral Neuropathy
    • Phantom Limb Pain
    • Postherpetic Neuralgia (Shingles)
    • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia (POTS)
    • Acupuncture
    • Epidural Steroid Injections
    • Infusion Therapy
    • Ketamine Infusions
  • Publications

    • Spain TS, Iskander I: Ketamine for Treatment of Refractory Chemotherapy Induced Hiccups, Case Report ASA 2020. 


  • Professional Activities

    • Society of Pediatric Anesthesia
    • Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine
    • American Society of Anesthesiologists
    • Texas Society of Anesthesiologists
    • Texas Pain Society
  • Awards and Honors

    • Parents' Choice Award (2015)
    • On-Time Doctor Award (2015)

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