Hariharan Shankar, MD



  • Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • 5000 West National Avenue
  • Milwaukee, WI 53295-1000


  • Anesthesiology

MCW Pain Management Center

My approach to pain medicine is patient centered, doing what is optimal and safe with the least amount of side effects and incorporating various modalities to decrease the side effects. To that end, I try to limit the use of opioids and manage with multimodality treatment options.


Diseases and Conditions

  • Cancer-Related Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain

Treatments and Services

  • Neuropathic Pain Management
  • Pain Management

Patients Ages Seen

  • Adult
  • Senior


  • Tamil
  • Malayalam
  • Kannada
  • English

Hospital Affiliations

  • Froedtert Hospital – Milwaukee
  • Zablocki VA Medical Center – Milwaukee

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Management

Clinic Locations

Zablocki VA Medical Center

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Dr. Hariharan Shankar is the Director of the Pain clinic at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee. Besides his active teaching role for both the anesthesia residency and the pain medicine fellowship programs for which he has received "Teacher of the Year" awards, he is one of the pioneers in the use of ultrasound imaging and lectures nationally and internationally about the use of ultrasound imaging in pain medicine. He has to his credit many abstracts, book chapters, review articles and peer reviewed publications. His area of research is in the use of ultrasound imaging for pain medicine interventions and its safety.

Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine - Stanley Medical College - Madras (1982)
Internship in General Surgery - Stanley Medical College - Madras (1983-1984)
Residency in Anesthesiology - Bangalore Medical School - Bangalore (1990)
Internship in Surgery - State University of New York Health Science Center - Syracuse, NY (2001-2002)
Residency in Anesthesiology - Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI (2002-2004)
Fellowship in Pain Medicine - Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI (2004-2005)