Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Professor Lesley Colvin

Lesley Colvin is a Consultant/ Honorary Professor in Pain Medicine in the University department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

Professor Lesley Colvin

Consultant and Honorary Professor

  • Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
  • Division of Health Sciences
  • Deanery of Clinical Sciences

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Anne Ferguson Building
Western General Hospital

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Lesley currently works full time in the Lothian Chronic Pain Service and the University of Edinburgh, and is chairing the new Service Improvement Group for Chronic Pain. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 1994, then completed a PhD thesis on the spinal mechanisms of neuropathic pain at the University of Edinburgh in 1997, under the supervision of Professor Arthur Duggan. She has a particular interest in translational research in pain and has several collaborations with the aim of rapidly translating exciting basic science findings into clinical developments.


Lesley's current research interests include cancer pain, cancer induced bone pain, acute and chronic neuropathic pain, phantom limb pain, opioids in chronic pain, pain and drug dependency and pain assessment. Research funding is supported by CR-UK, Wellcome Trust, BJA/ RCoA and the CSO.


Lesley is an Editor for the British Journal of Anaesthesia and has produced 2 postgraduate issues on advances in pain medicine. She is on the Professional Standards Committee of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. She is a member of the Scottish Executive Steering Group in Chronic Pain and the Research sub-group. As part of this role she is involved in establishing the successful Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC) with the aim of developing an extensive research network within Scotland to address clinically relevant research gaps in pain management. She chaired the development of the new SIGN Guideline for Chronic Pain (launched Dec 2013) and is the SIGN representative on the Scottish Board of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.