Presidential Scholar Award


The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Presidential Scholar Award recognizes members who have demonstrated outstanding scientific and sustained contributions to regional anesthesia and pain medicine in the last 10 years.

Members are asked to nominate mid-career, qualified anesthesiologists whose research has had or will have meaningful impact on the clinical practice or scientific direction of regional anesthesia and/or pain medicine.

The Presidential Scholar Award is presented biannually at the Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting in spring and the Annual Pain Medicine Meeting in fall.

Selection Criteria

The Presidential Scholar Award is for recognition of an individual’s work. Individuals may only receive the award once.

Nominees are required to be:

  • Actively involved in research and academically accomplished.
  • Able to demonstrate a track record of high impact publication and have built a significant body of work on a topic relevant to regional anesthesia and/or pain medicine.
  • Must be a mid-career physician (e.g., associate or assistant professor, not full professor).
  • Active, regular members of ASRA Pain Medicine.
  • Actively engaged with demonstrated contributions to ASRA Pain Medicine.


Dr. Vishal Uppal

Vishal Uppal, MBBS, FRCA
2024 Presidential Scholar Award Recipient

Dr. Andrea Chadwick

Andrea Chadwick, MD
2023 Presidential Scholar Award Recipient

Past Winners

2018De QH Tran, MD, FRCPC
2019Chad Brummett, MD
2020Richard Brull, MD
2021Kevin Vorenkamp, MD
2021Ki Jinn Chin, MBBS (Hons), MMed, FANZCA, FRCPC
2022Lynn Kohan, MD
2023Andrea Chadwick, MD
2024Vishal Uppal, MBBS, FRCA
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