Dr. P. Prithvi Raj

Age: 84
Born: September 13, 1931
Died: February 27, 2016


Dr. P. Prithvi Raj passed peacefully away at home on Saturday, the 27th of February, at the age of 84, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife Susan, (nee Martin), children Mark (Jennifer), Maya (Steve) Andreadis, and Sarah (Nino) Rosso. He was loved by his seven grandchildren, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.  Born in India, he worked and lived in England, Norway and several cities in the United States, eventually retiring in Cincinnati where he founded the University of Cincinnati Pain Clinic from 1979 to1986.  He was fortunate to have forged long lasting friendships all over the globe.

Dr. Raj was a world-renowned anesthesiologist and pioneer in the field of regional anesthesia, setting standards for care worldwide. He began his medical training at Mysore Medical College in India and his illustrious career took him around the world. His significant research, many articles, books, lectures and demonstrations on regional anesthesia and pain management proved him to an international leader in the field. He is a founding member of American Society of Regional Anesthesia, Texas Pain Society, and the World Institute of Pain.

Dr. Raj was dedicated to advancing the education and training of the next generation of pain management physicians. Throughout his years, he spread his knowledge to countless pain physicians to fight pain and suffering.

Services will be held Saturday, the 12th of March. Visitation at 10:00am, followed by the Memorial service at 10:30am.

Cedars of Lebanon Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery

4521 Spring Grove Avenue

Cincinnati Ohio 45232

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

World Institute of Pain: Special Projects

145 Kimel Park Dr, Ste 208

Winston-Salem, NC 27103-6984, USA



Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Spring Grove Funeral Homes.  Online condolences can be made at www.springgrove.org.


Location: Cedars of Lebanon Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Memorial Service

Location: Cedars of Lebanon Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 10:30 am

Dr. P. Prithvi Raj

Age: 84
Born: September 13, 1931
Died: February 27, 2016
  • Relationship:

  • Jose De Andres
    Relationship: ESRA President (Euro

    With great sorrow we have received the news of the death of a great professional and a great man personally and scientific profile. For years we enjoy his wisdom and knowledge advantage both in regional anesthesia and pain management.. He received Carl Koller Award as the recognition of ESRA to the outstanding lifetime contribution to the field of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine. His contributions in the field of education through its multiple lectures and books, is innumerable, as the profit generated in many generations of doctors who have learned from their teachings. Tireless worker, until the last day his thoughts were related to scientific societies on which he worked and the projects on which he was involved. We remember his vital strength and support to many projects that without his support, would not have been possible. From the European society of regional anesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) we send our sincere condolences to the family and friends. Rest in peace.

  • Prof.dr. Kris Vissers
    Relationship: President of the Wor

    Memorial to the Founding Father of the World Insitute of Pain Prof.dr. Prithvi Raj Raj, You will never die. You will remain alive for ever in the hearts and brains of all WIP members and so many others. The service you rendered to the ailing humanity will be remembered forever.. .. You are the heart and soul of WIP enriching the lives of people in all corners of the world. You dared to go where no one thought possible and you bridged barriers associated with pain education and practice, culture and global conflicts. You developed and practiced a field to help the suffering of others while the direct care you offered was impactful. We feel privileged that you trained us as we train others as we learned from you. We all will remember and honor you as our mentor and teacher and feel a deep admiration for the legacy in pain medicine that you gave to the world. You have left your personal and indelible mark on everything you touched. You inspired us to help others as you have

  • Doug Spiel
    Relationship: Student

    Dr. Raj was a man of great intellect and humanity. A rare blend of genius and kindness - he exuded warmth and sincerity. He touched the hearts and souls of all who graced his path and left an indelible impression on the world we live in. Although our encounters were brief, I credit him for continuously challenging me to reach beyond the printed word of medicine and to consider the larger nebulous boundaries of science. Many of the truths I still chase arose from the questions he posed. It was an honor to have a moment of his time and I am thankful for those moments. May his family take solace from the fact that a small part of the good doctor will live on in all those he touched . With deepest regards and much love , I will never forget him.

  • Narendra Parson
    Relationship: Friend

    We are shocked.The note he wrote a few days before the demise was heart wrenching A very personal loss to me and Rita.Knew him for over four decades..A passionate man who loved life and lived it. Helped me become a better physician.The amount of dedicated work he did to grow regional anesthesia and Pain management globally is know to all. Rita and I enjoyed his and Susan,s company and will cherish it for as long as we live.We miss him He did during his life what we all can aspire to do. We wish the family peace and lots of love.

  • Jennifer Kelly
    Relationship: Mentor / Friend

    This is clearly a loss for me, but Dr. Raj has made a difference in so many lives. He certainly had a major impact on my life, both professionally and personally. Raj will be missed but his legacy will continue to live on. Rest in peace, my friend.

  • Dr Anand Kumar G S,MD,FIPP
    Relationship: WIP member,FIPP hold

    very sad to listen this,let his soul rest in peace,his vision is enlightened in our hearts,it will always with us

  • Monique Steegers
    Relationship: Registrar FIPP/CIPS

    I extend my deepest sympathies to you, Susan and your familly, my condolences. The world is going to miss a beautiful and powerful man especially in the field of pain medicine.

  • Phil and Diann Bridenbaugh
    Relationship: friends

    Dear Susan and Family, It is with fond remembrance that we send you all our condolences for Raj's passing. Neither of us will be able to attend the service on Saturday, however we will hold you all in our hearts and prayers. He was a wonderful man who helped so many people over the years.....undoubtedly there is a very special place for him in heaven!! Fondly, Phil and Diann Bridenbaugh

  • Daneshvari Solanki

    Dr. Raj a pioneer of pain medicine. We have lost a mentor, friend and a colleague. He will be missed at our meetings. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Dianne Willard
    Relationship: World Institute of P

    Raj was about helping people be the best they can be. His sense of perception about people and life was strong, and he took the time to share his reasoning. At the same time, he was a great listener and observer. All these wonderful qualities and more are why he and his family gave so much to so many, not by just teaching his vision, but by living it. He walked the walk! No matter how many hundreds or thousands of people were in a room or venue, when he was talking with you he gave you his full attention and you knew it. I feel incredibly blessed to have had his influence on my life and work these past seven plus years. Men like him are never truly gone. Their wisdom and inspiration survives in all who were blessed to have known him, but especially his family who loved him most. Thank you for sharing your Raj with the world! Thank you Raj, for always encouraging us to be the best we can be.

  • Rita Gibbons
    Relationship: Friend

    My Dearest Susan, We can't believe that Raj is gone. He was always there with his big smile that said "everything is fine". We had no idea he would just slip away from all of us. Please call on us if we can help you in any way. We plan to attend the services Saturday. Love and Prayers, Jim and Rita Gibbons

  • Harvey Finkelstein M.D. FIPP
    Relationship: friend

    He was a great man and teacher. An inspiration to generations of anesthesiologista and pain specialists. He help found our speciality , and all the time he spent teaching me at courses with the WIP influenced my practice and encouraged me to pursue excellance. I will forever grateful for the legacy he leaves and hte books and teachings I trusted for many years. All my love and condolences to the whole family Al my best, Harvey Finkelstein

  • Vincent Galan, MD
    Relationship: Past fellow, friend

    Susan I know this is not the most appropriate venue to express my condolences, but I just want to let you know how much I admired, respected and loved Dr. Raj. Much of what I am today, I owe it to him. The short few months I was in Houston with him gave me the basis and the idea of what I wanted to be. I enjoy that time so much that I keep in my office a picture of Dr Raj, Karen, Jennifer and me. I believe a large part of my great success in private practice I owe it to him, because he was always vanguard thinking and ahead of the times. Thank you to him, you and your family for everything you have given me. LOL. Vincent Galan Atlanta

  • Winston Parris
    Relationship: Colleague and friend

    Dear Susan, It is with a heavy heart that I express my sincere condolences to you on Prithvi's recent passing. The world will miss this "gentle giant". Whereas death is always painful, you can confidently feel comforted by the wonderful memories that I know you both shared and more especially by the great contributions that Raj made to the fields of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine locally, nationally and internationally. It would be very difficult for anyone person to ever duplicate his academic, scholarly and humanistic contributions any time soon. Nelita joins me in sending our sincere condolences to you and your family. We are currently in St Lucia and will not be able to attend the memorial service but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We wish you God's richest blessings for grace and comfort at this difficult time. Sincerely, Winston and Nelita.

  • Emmanuel Thobejane
    Relationship: Neurosurgeon/FIP (Hi

    We receive the news in Africa with sadness in our hearts, I consider myself lucky to have shook the hand of this great man. A mentor, world renowned author - it is through his work (books/articles) that we are able to advance pain management agenda in Africa. We would like to assure his family that the legacy of their father shall live on - we will continue to raise the flag for good standards of care and evidence/outcome based medicine. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Dr. Mark J. Lema
    Relationship: Friend and colleague

    The world has lost one of its great teachers in the areas of regional anesthesia and pain management. During the formative years of regional anesthesia development, Dr. Raj was one of the pivotal and innovative leaders for new techniques and reliable outcome studies. He was the consummate professor and his fund of knowledge on the various blocks was unsurpassed. I often relied on Prithvi's instructional courses at the ASRA meetings to refine old skills and learn new ones. The number of physicians who could call him 'teacher' must be in the thousands. I fondly remember Susan working beside him on producing enduring materials and assisting him so he could attend the meetings he loved so much. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of a great husband, father, colleague, leader and friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to him so that he may have a restful peace.

  • Dan Carr
    Relationship: Colleague

    Prithvi was one of the founding fathers of today's anesthesia-based pain control movement. His lectures and chapters showed erudition both in Western and Asian (e.g., Ayurvedic) traditions. Like countless others, I have benefited from his leadership and personal hospitality and teaching.

  • Dr Gonzalo Barreiro
    Relationship: WFSA Hon. Secretary

    On behalf of the WFSA I extend my deepest sympathies to Dr Raj's family. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of a wonderful person, who helped so many people through his dedicated work and his great intellect, kindness and compassionate wisdom. His educational work is invaluable to many generations of doctors. Dr Raj will be greatly missed! Let his soul rest in peace and his legacy continue to bring enlightenment.

  • Dr. Neeraj Jain MD, FIPP
    Relationship: Student

    I share my sorrows with all WIP fraternity for the sad irreparable loss of our great visionary missionary leader Dr. P. Prithvi Raj (literal meaning ruler of the earth!!! Now you have gone to Heavens to heal THY pain!!!). Your are immortal in our brains as knowledge & hearts as love! After coming out of this shock there is a stronger resolve to carry his work further to greater heights, he desired! That would be our true salutation to the pious soul of our great teacher, Dr P. Prithvi Raj!

  • Md. Latiful Khabir

    I never met him, he was so big! But, I heard his name and am quite convinced that Dr. Prithvi Raj's name will remain on this earth for long. May his departed soul rest in eternal peace, for what he devoted his life to reduce pain of so many people around the globe!

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Dr. P. Prithvi Raj

Dr. P. Prithvi Raj

Age: 84
Born: September 13, 1931
Died: February 27, 2016