“I had a mandate to return our nation’s Special Operations fighting men and women back to full strength after injuries sustained on and off the battlefield. I learned the best FDA approved, non-operative, reparative medicine techniques available, then I taught them to military physicians. Now you can benefit from this knowledge.” – Dr. Sean Mulvaney
As an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Dr. Mulvaney is board certified in Sports Medicine and Pain Medicine. During his 31-year military career, Dr. Mulvaney served our nation’s Special Operations community as both a US Navy SEAL officer and a US Army physician. In 2008, he became the first Department of Defense physician to be credentialed in minimally invasive sports medicine for repair of Musculoskeletal and spine injuries.
Dr. Mulvaney was the first to use Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) to treat combat-related PTSI and has published in this field of research for since 2009. He is internationally known as an educator of other physicians and has pioneered and extensively published on ultrasound-guided techniques. As the Director of Research and a staff physician with ROSM in Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Mulvaney focuses on the musculoskeletal, nerve and spine injuries using minimally invasive or non-operative techniques with ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance.
Published SGB Research
Years of Military Service
1983 – 1987 UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Boston University, B.A. Geology
1996 – 2000 MEDICAL EDUCATION
F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD, Medical Doctor
2000 – 2003 INTERNSHIP/RESIDENCY
Family Medicine, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC
2014 – 2015: Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesia, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
2007 – 2008: Primary Care Sports Medicine, Dewitt Army Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA
2017 – present: Associate Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
2010 – 2017: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Mulvaney SW, Lynch JH, Curtis KE, Ibrahim TS. The Successful Use of Left-Sided Stellate Ganglion Block in Patients that Fail to Respond to Right-Sided Stellate Ganglion Block for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: A Retrospective Analysis of 205 Patients. Military Medicine. 13 Feb 2021. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usab056.
Mulvaney SW, Curtis KE, Ibrahim TS. Comparison C6 Stellate Ganglion block versus C6 and C4 cervical sympathetic chain blocks for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder: analysis of 147 Patients. J of Neurological Disord Stroke. 2020. 7(3):1163.
Olmstead K, Bartozek M, Mulvaney SW, McLean B, Turabi A, et al. Effect of the Stellate Ganglion Block Treatment on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms; A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psych. 2019: Effect of the Stellate Ganglion Block Treatment on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms; A Randomized Clinical Trial, JAMA Psych. 2019
Mulvaney SW, Tortland P, Shiple B, Curtis K. Regenerative Medicine Options for Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions: A Review of the Literature. Endurance and Sports Med. 2018: (2) 6-15.
Mulvaney S. PTSD: Treat the Epidemic in our ranks. USNI Proceedings. 2019, November p50-57.
Mulvaney SW, Kim, TS. Tactical Field Skills For the Military Physician. In O’Connor F (ed): Textbook of Military Medicine, New York, Borden, 2019.
Lynch JH, Mulvaney SW. Effect of Stellate Ganglion Block on Specific Symptom Clusters for Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Military Medicine. 2016: 181(9) 1135-1141.
O’Connor F, Mulvaney SW. Review of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. In Up to Date Online. Last update Jun 2018.
Mulvaney SW, Lynch JH, Kotwal RS. Clinical guidelines for stellate ganglion block to treat anxiety associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. J Spec Ops Med, 2015 15(2), pp 76-82.
Mulvaney SW, Lynch JH, de Leeuw J, Schroeder M, Kane S. Neurocognitive Performance is not Degraded after Stellate Ganglion Block treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Series. Military Medicine, 2015: 180(5), pp. e601–e604.
Ong R, Mulvaney SW. Miltary Medicine. In Tintinalli J, Gabor K, Stapczynski S (ed): Emergency Medicine-8th ed. New York, McGraw Hill, 2015.
Mulvaney SW, Lynch JH, Hickey M, Rahman-Rawlins T, Schroeder M, et al. Stellate Ganglion Block Used to Treat Symptoms Associated with Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Series of 166 Patients. Military Medicine, 2014:179;1133-1140.
Mulvaney S. Ultrasound Access to the Deep Branch of the Radial Nerve. In Malanga G, Mautner K. Altas of Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections, New York, McGraw Hill, 2014.
Mulvaney S, Clark T. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. In Wilder R, O’Connor F, Magrum E. Running Medicine, 2014.
Mulvaney S, Martin S. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. In O’Connor F. ACSM Just the Facts, Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Williams, 2013.
Mulvaney S. Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Neuroplasty of the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve for the Treatment of Meralgia Paresthetica: a Case Report and Description of a New Ultrasound Guided Technique. 2011. Cur Sports Med Rep; 10(2) 99-104.
Mulvaney S, McClean B, Deleeuw J. The use of stellate ganglion block in the treatment of panic/anxiety symptoms with combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder; preliminary results of long-term follow up: a case series. Pain Practice. 20 April 2010.
Ong R, Mulvaney SW: Miltary Medicine. In Tintinalli J, Gabor K, Stapczynski S (ed): Emergency Medicine-7th ed. New York, McGraw Hill, 2010.
Mulvaney SW. A review of viscosupplementation for osteoarthritis of the hip and a description of an ultrasound-guided hip injection technique. 2009. Cur Sports Med Reports 8(6): 291-4.
Mulvaney SW. Humanitartian Assistance Operations. Letter to the Editor in: Am Fam Physician. 2009 Mar 1; 79(5) 359-360.
Mulvaney SW, O’Connor F, Davis J, Deuster P. Enlyten™ Electrolyte SportStrips™ for the Acute Treatment of Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps in a Mass Participation Event: A Double Blind Intervention Trial. Clin J Sport Med. 2008, 18: 192.
Ho G, Mulvaney SW and O’Connor F. Ankle Injuries. In Howard TM and Butcher JD, (ed): The Little Black Book of Sports Medicine-2nd ed. London, Blackwell Science, 2006.
Ho G, Mulvaney SW and O’Connor F. Leg Problems. In Howard TM and Butcher JD, (ed): The Little Black Book of Sports Medicine, London, Blackwell Science, 2006.
Mulvaney SW and Butcher JD. The Outdoor Athlete. In Birrer R and O’Connor F (ed): Sports Medicine for the Primary Care Physician 3rd ed, CRC Press, 2004.
Mulvaney SW. Calf Muscle Therapy for Achilles Tendonosis. Letter to the Editor in: American Family Physician, v 67 no 5, 1 Mar 2003.
Mulvaney SW and O’Connor F. Ankle. In Baurer T, (ed): The Little Black Book of Sports Medicine, London, Blackwell Science, 2001.
Mulvaney SW and O’Connor F. Leg. In Baurer T, (ed): The Little Black Book of Sports Medicine, London, Blackwell Science, 2001.
070410-N-6901L-188 (Apr. 10, 2007) Maradi, Niger A U.S. Army doctor from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion examines a 10-year-old Nigerien boy stricken with Malaria during a Humanitarian Medical Project in Maradi, Niger. The medical project, part of Operation Flintlock 2007, employed two U.S. Army doctors, three physician assistants and six medics who treated over 300 impoverished Nigeriens with a wide variety of ailment