40th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting, 2015


Las Vegas, Nevada

Abstracts - ePosters



Exhibits - industry support





Late-breaking addition to our program:

Friday, May 15th, from 8-9:30 am - Open Forum Discussion
"Practice Guidelines for the Prevention, Detection, and Management of Respiratory Depression Associated With Neuraxial Opioid Administration"will provide an updated report of the ASA Task Force on Neuraxial Opioids and ASRA.

The ASRA 40th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine main meeting registration includes three full days of:

  • Refresher courses
  • Parallel sessions
  • ePosters and moderated sessions
  • Exhibit hall with company booths, ASRA chat room, and internet cafe
  • Daily breakfast and breaks
  • Opening networking reception
  • Reduced pricing to the 40th anniversary celebration and ASRA awards luncheon
  • Meeting materials and presentations

Tailor Your Education with Specialized Sessions

In addition to this main course offering, learners can tailor their educational experience and select content based on their individual educational needs, by registering for any of the following (additional fees apply, space is limited, workshops are for physicians only).

Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLD) (additional fee, lunch included)

PBLD learning opportunities are case-based, small group, problem-solving discussions at tables of 10 with an expert faculty facilitator. Learners choose from a broad range of topics with a focus on real life clinical issues and practical solutions and strategies. 

Ask the Experts Interactive Demonstration Workshops (additional fee, physicians only)

These focused workshops are 1.5 hours in duration and cover more specific techniques. The session begins with a short introduction by expert faculty, followed by detailed demonstrations. These sessions are not specifically designed to be intensively hands-on for attendee practice; rather, they are intended to be small group “ask the experts” interactive sessions incorporating live models and close interaction with expert faculty. 

Hands-On Ultrasound Workshops (additional fee, physicians only)

The two-hour hands-on workshops provide the opportunity for participants to work on practical skills required to further develop performance and/or management techniques. Throughout, there will be the emphasis on hands-on scanning practice using live models and/or phantoms. These sessions are designed for participants who have some familiarity with regional anesthesia practice including the use of ultrasound guidance.  

Comprehensive Workshops (additional fee, physicians only)

The half-day workshops provide a comprehensive overview of a general area (either anatomical or subject) of regional anesthesia as taught by expert faculty. Typically, participants will receive an introductory didactic overview followed by several rotating small group sessions offering substantial opportunity for hands-on practice using live models and/or phantoms. The comprehensive workshops are of longer duration and limited to small groups, thus allowing close interaction with faculty who share their knowledge and experience in an intensive learning environment. These sessions are clinically focused, incorporating the latest in evidence-based practice, and provide ample time for questions and answers.  

Simulation Workshops (additional fee, physicians only)

Join the Stanford University/VA Palo Alto simulation group and ASRA colleagues to experience real life scenarios using cutting edge, mannequin-based, fully interactive simulation technology. The intimate simulation workshop incorporates realistic patient care scenarios involving common and uncommon crises associated with regional anesthesia practice. Crisis management principles are discussed at the start of the workshop.  A set of simulated cases will challenge the participants and are immediately followed by a group debriefing where faculty and participants discuss salient crisis management and medical aspects of the case. Don't miss this opportunity to experience simulation education and become a better crisis manager in your perioperative area. 

Resident and Fellow Educational Program

ASRA is proud to offer a focused resident and fellow track adapted to the particular needs of young clinicians entering the specialty area. Participants will learn about real-world issues encountered as a practicing specialist. Sessions and highlights include: 

  • Mentorship with seasoned specialists recognized for teaching and leadership in the field.
  • Comprehensive workshop based on fundamental principles of ultrasound.
  • Symposium focusing on issues commonly encountered by residents and fellows.
  • Networking events to build relationships with program directors and other leaders in the field.


John Antonakakis, MD, Portsmouth Anesthesia Associates, Stratham, NH, USA
Michael Barrington, MB, BS, FANZCA, PhD, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Manbir Batra, MD, FRCPC, Virginia Mason Clinic, Seattle, WA, USA
Michael Beach, MD, PhD, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH, USA
Adrian Bosenberg, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA, USA
Chad Brummett, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Chester Buckenmaier, MD, Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Medicine, Annapolis, MD, USA
John Butterworth, MD, Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond, VA, USA
Asokumar Buvanendran, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ki Jinn Chin, MBBS, FANZCA, FRCPC, Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
Lawrence Chu, MD, MS, Stanford University Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab, Stanford, CA, USA
Joseph P. Cravero, MD, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Jose De Andrés, MD, PhD, FIPP, EDRA, School of Medicine, University of Valencia, General University Hospital, Valencia, Spain
Oscar de Leon-Casasola, MD, University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA
Melanie Donnelly, MD, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, USA
Anish Doshi, MD, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
Marcel Durieux, MD, PhD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Claude Ecoffey, MD, Pôle Anesth-Samu-Urgences-Réanimations, Université Rennes, Rennes, France
James Eisenach, MD, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Francesca Kayser Enneking, MD, UF Health University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Katharine Fleischmann, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Carlo Franco, MD, JHS Hospital Cook County/Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
Jeffrey Gadsden, MD, FRCPC, FANZCA, Duke University, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Ralf Gebhard, MD, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
Andrew Gray, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
James Green, MBBS ncl UK, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Carrie Guheen, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA
Admir Hadzic, MD, PhD, New York School of Regional Anesthesia, New York, NY, USA
Brian Harrington, MD, Deaconess Billings Clinic, Billings, MT, USA
James Hebl, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Terese Horlocker, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA
Jean-Louis Horn, MD, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA, USA
Steven Howard, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Marc Huntoon, MD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville , TN, USA
Barys Ihnatsenka, MD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Brian Ilfeld, MD, MS, University California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
Giorgio Ivani, MD, Begina Margherita Children's Hospital, Turin, Italy
Adam Jacob, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Rebecca Johnson, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Zeev Kain, MD, MBA, University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA, USA
Sachin Kheterpal, MD, MBA, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Sandra Kopp, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Per-Arne Lonnqvist, MD, Paediatric Anaesthesia, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
Danielle Ludwin, MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Edward Mariano, MD, MAS, Stanford University School of Medicine; VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Colin McCartney, MBChB, PhD, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, PhD, Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
Douglas Merrill, MD, MBA, University of California Irvine Health, Orange, CA, USA
Andres Missair, MD, EDRA, University of Miami, Miami Beach, FL, USA
Vicki Modest, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Weston, MA, USA
Joseph M. Neal, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Steven Orebaugh, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC, Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
David Provenzano, MD, Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care, Sewickley, PA, USA
Andrew Rosenberg, MD, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Richard Rosenquist, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
John Rowlingson, MD, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Francis Salinas, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Sammamish, WA, USA
Daniel Sessler, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
Cynthia Shum, RN, BScN, MEd, Veterans' Hospital, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Brian D. Sites, MD, MS, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA
Santhanam Suresh, MD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Jeffrey Swenson, MD, University of Utah, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Gale Thompson, MD, Past President, ASRA, Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
De Tran, MD, FRCPC, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Ban Tsui, MD, MSC, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
William Urmey, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
Marc Van de Velde, MD, PhD, EDRA, UZ Leuven and KU Leuven, Leuven, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium
Eugene Viscusi, MD, Thomas Jefferson University, Bensalem, PA, USA
Benjamin Walker, MD, American Family Children's Hospital, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
Daniel Warren, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Lisa Warren, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Denise Wedel, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Guy Weinberg, MD, University of Illinois and Jesse Brown VA, Chicago, Northbrook, IL, USA
Robert Weller, MD, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Brian Williams, MD, MBA, University of Pittsburgh, Oakmont, PA, USA
Christopher Wu, MD, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Clarksville, MD, USA
Mark Yeager, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA

Associate Faculty

Faraj Abdallah, MD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Stephen Choi, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Melanie Donnelly, MD, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, USA
John George, MD, The Cleveland Clinic, Pepper Pike, OH, USA
Neil Hanson, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Michael Herrick, MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH, USA
Ahtsham Niazi, FCARCSI, FRCPC, Department of Anesthesia, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alexandru Visan, MD, MBA, Executive Cortex Consulting, Miami, FL, USA
Glenn Woodworth, MD, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, USA

Curriculum Authors 

Honorio Benzon, MD, Northwestern School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Derek Dillane, MB, FCARCSI, MedSci, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada

ASRA Administration

Angie Stengel, MS, CAE (Executive Director)
Julie Simper, CCMEP, CMP (Director of CME and Meetings)
Tracey Escamilla (Manager of Operations and Meetings)
Anne Snively (Manager of Communications)

Faraj Abdallah, MD
Dr. Faraj Abdallah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto, a Staff Anesthesiologist at St. Michael's Hospital, and a Clinical Investigator at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. He is a master's candidate in Clinical Epidemiology and Research Methodology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. His research interests include truncal blocks, analgesia for knee arthroplasty, local anesthetic adjuvant, and ultrasound imaging of the airway.

Michael Barrington, MB, BS, FANZCA, PhD
Dr Michael Barrington is a Senior Staff Anaesthesiologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is responsible for the development of an International Registry of Regional Anaesthesia. His professional interests include quality and safety in Regional Anesthesia and methods to improve training and assessment in this field. Other professional activities and appointments include Anaesthesia Discipline lead for the Melbourne Clinical School, The University of Notre Dame Australia; Associate Editor for the Journal, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine; Chair of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetist’s Regional Anaesthesia Special Interest Group; Organizing Committee for the Australasian Symposium for Ultrasound and Regional Anaesthesia 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015; Newsletter Committee and Neurological Practice Advisory member for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and is on Medical Expert Standing Panels for the Federal Department of Health and Ageing, Australia.

Manbir Batra, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Manni Batra’s anesthesiology training began in the UK and was followed by a penultimate year as chief resident at McGill University in Montreal under the tutelage of Dr. Philip Bromage. His interest in regional anesthesia continued to flourish during subsequent collaboration with Dr.’s John Bonica, Daniel Moore, and Donald Bridenbaugh while working in Seattle. Epidural anesthesia in the late 1970s was resurging in its applications for surgery, obstetrics, and pain management when major safety issues surfaced. This concern led to an intense search for an urgent solution, and, in 1980, he published a sentinel paper with Dr. Daniel Moore describing a standard Epidural Test Dose to address the problem. His interest in regional anesthesia and pain medicine began to increase, and there was also a great need to train young anesthesiologists in the art and science of neural blockade. ASRA naturally was the forum to lead the subspecialty. He joined ASRA in the early 1980s, and then introduced hands on workshops at the annual meetings, which have become one of the mainstays of the mission of the society. During the 13 years of his association with ASRA, he revised and updated its policies and procedures, helped increase the reach of the society, and also drew and formalized the society’s logo. His long commitment to ASRA culminated with its Presidency in 1995-96. His 43-year career in anesthesiology has been entirely devoted to teaching residents, fellows, and colleagues not only the science of regional anesthesia but also the art, which enhances its safety and assures success.

Michael Beach, MD, PhD
Dr. Beach practices pediatric and ultrasound guided regional anesthesia at Dartmouth Medical School. In addition, he is a consulting statistician on wide variety of projects in anesthesiology and in pediatrics.

Adrian Bosenberg, MD
Board Certification(s): Anesthesia (Non-ABMS), Medical/Professional School: University of Cape Town, Rodebosch, Cape Town, Residency: Anesthesiology, University Natal Faculty Health Sciences, Durban; Anesthesiology, University Natal Faculty Health Sciences, Durban, Fellowship: Anesthesiology, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle Anesthesiology, College of Medicine of South Africa, Cape Town

Chad Brummett, MD
Dr. Brummett is the Director of the Division of Pain Research and, more broadly, is the Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Anesthesiology. His interests include predictors of chronic post-surgical pain as well as failure to derive benefit from interventions and surgeries done primarily for pain. In particular, Dr. Brummett is interested in the impact of a fibromyalgia-like or centralized pain phenotype on surgical outcomes and prediction of response to interventions for chronic pain (e.g. Epidural steroid and facet injections). He also leads an institution-wide initiative to create a biorepository for research of genetic factors associated with the development of disease and response to treatment. In addition, Dr. Brummett was the first to describe the use of peripheral perineural dexmedetomidine, and his early research focused on the efficacy, safety and mechanisms of dexmedetomidine added to local anesthetics for peripheral nerve blocks. He has since translated that work to humans.

Chester Buckenmaier, MD
Colonel (ret) Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III is the Program Director and Principal Investigator for the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM), Program Director Emeritus of the National Capital Consortium’s Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Professor in Anesthesiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and a Diplomat, with the American Board of Anesthesiology. He attended Catawba College, on a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship, graduating with a degree in Biology in 1986. He then attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., receiving a Master in Science in Biology in 1988.   In 1992, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, completing his Anesthesia Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.   In addition, he completed a one year Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia at Duke University in 2002, resulting in the creation of the only Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship in the Department of Defense, based at Walter Reed. In September 2003, he deployed with the 21st Combat Support Hospital to Balad, Iraq, and demonstrated that the use of advanced regional anesthesia can be accomplished in a forward deployed environment. He performed the first successful continuous peripheral nerve block for pain management in a combat support hospital. In April 2009, he deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan with the British military and organized the first acute pain service in a theatre of war. Author and Co-Editor of the Acute and Perioperative Pain section in Pain Medicine, he is extensively published in pain medicine, particularly as it relates to combat wounded.

John Butterworth, MD
Dr. John Butterworth is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in Richmond. He formerly served as the R.K. Stoelting Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He graduated from the VCU School of Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He completed a research fellowship in neurotrauma in the Division of Neurosurgery at VCU School of Medicine and another in local anesthetic pharmacology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research and publications are mostly in areas related to cardiac and regional anesthesia. He is one of three authors of Morgan and Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology (5th edition). He has authored, coauthored, edited, and contributed to a number of textbooks. He has served on the associate editorial board of Anesthesiology and on the editorial boards of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and Anesthesia and Analgesia. He serves on the Boards of Directors of ASRA and the Medical Society of Virginia, and on the Boards of Trustees of the Richmond (Virginia) Academy of Medicine and the International Anesthesia Research Society.

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD
Dr. Buvanendran is an anesthesiologist specializing in Pain Medicine, and his academic activities are divided between research, teaching and clinical duties in the Rush University Department of Anesthesia (Chicago, IL USA), and national advocacy for the advancement of pain care. He brings a unique perspective of a very busy clinical practice of acute and chronic interventional pain medicine with research. He is involved in various clinical and basic research in the field of acute and chronic pain. At leisure time, enjoys playing tennis.

Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA
Dr. Vincent Chan received a Bachelor of Science degree (Biochemistry, Honors) in 1976 and his MD degree in 1980 from McGill University, Montreal. Dr. Chan obtained postgraduate training in Anesthesiology at University of Toronto and board certification (FRCPC, Anesthesia) in 1986. Dr. Chan is acknowledged by his colleagues as an international leader in the fields of regional anesthesia and pain medicine. He is currently Immediate Past President of ASRA. In 2009, he was awarded the Gold Medal Award by the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, the highest personal award in recognition of his contribution to anesthesia in Canada through excellence in teaching, research, professional practice in the field of ultrasound guided regional anesthesia. In 2011, he was conferred with the award of the FRCA Fellowship by Election by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (UK). In May 2013, he received the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) Teaching Recognition Award for Achievement in Education. In October 2013, he received the Distinguished Service Award from European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy (Spain) for outstanding clinical, educational and scientific achievements in anesthesiology, and for contributions to the increased knowledge and practice of regional anesthesia. Dr. Chan also serves on the editorial board of the Anesthesia Analgesia Journal and Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine Journal. He has published more than 190 peer-reviewed articles, 14 book chapters, and more than 80 scientific abstracts. Dr. Chan has performed 44 Visiting Professorships in North America and abroad and given more than 120 international and 90 domestic lectures.

Ki Jinn Chin, MBBS (Hons), MMed, FANZCA, FRCPC, is the Fellowship Coordinator and Regional Anesthesia Program Director at the Toronto Western Hospital, and holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto. He attended medical school at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK and completed his residency in anesthesiology in Singapore. He subsequently completed two subspecialty fellowships in Canada; the first in neuroanesthesia at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON, and the second in regional anesthesia at Toronto Western Hospital. He is passionate about anything to do with ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia but is especially interested in ultrasonography of the spine and teaching needle handling and injection techniques.

Stephen Choi, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Choi obtained his MD from the University of Western Ontario. He then completed an anesthesia residency at the University of Toronto in 2010 followed by a regional anesthesia fellowship. He has also completed an MSc in Health Research Methodology (specialization - clinical epidemiology) from McMaster University. He is appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. His clinical practice is based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a tertiary care academic health sciences centre fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Sunnybrook HSC is a level 1 trauma centre (primary referral centre for the region) as well as an orthopedic centre of excellence.

Lawrence Chu, MD
Larry Chu is a practicing anesthesiologist who runs the Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) lab at Stanford University. He is an associate professor of anesthesia on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Chu teaches three courses at Stanford University: Engage + Empower Me (a patient engagement design course), Design for Health (applying design innovation to improve healthcare), and Medical Education in the New Millennium (challenges and opportunities for innovation and digital disruption). He collaborates with researchers in simulation and computer science at Stanford to study how cognitive aids can improve medical team performance in a crisis. Dr. Chu has received several NIH grants to study opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Most recently he has received an RO1 grant from NIDA to study opioid physical dependence, opioid withdrawal and the role 5HT3-receptor antagonists may play in treatment of these disorders.

Joseph P. Cravero, MD
Dr. Joseph P. Cravero, having graduated from UVA School of Medicine, trained and worked initially as a pediatrician for 4 years in the army. He later completed his anesthesiology residency at the Hartford Hospital/University of Connecticut. Dr. Cravero has spent the bulk of his career focused on issues where these two specialties intersect. Shortly after his arrival at DHMC, he became Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology and founded the new sedation service, PainFree at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) – mostly providing sedation to pediatric patients undergoing small procedures and diagnostic tests. He developed and directed the Pediatric Perioperative Program, one of the first in the nation, which manages all perioperative programs in children from preadmission counseling to discharge planning at DHMC. In 2012 Dr. Cravero left DHMC for Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) where he is the Milton H. Alper Chair, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Director of Perioperative Outcomes. His research and academic pursuits have primarily revolved around evaluating the best way to deliver anesthesia, sedation and pain control services to children. He founded and directs Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium, which is a collaborative of over 37 institutions that share data on sedation practice and outcomes. He recently created the Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology Improvement Network (initially involving 10 institutions nationwide) that is going to collect data to look at in order to attempt to determine best practices for certain procedures. Dr. Cravero has authored many articles on pediatric anesthesia and sedation, presented nationally and internationally, and been funded for research in this area of anesthesiology practice. As a pediatrician and anesthesiologist he continues to search for ways to improve sedation and pain control care for children.

Jose De Andrés, MD
Dr. De Andrés is a Professor of Anaesthesiology of the Valencia University School of Medicine and Chairman of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and of the Multidisciplinary Pain Management Departments in the Valencia University General Hospital (Valencia, Spain). He attended the School of Medicine of the Valencia University. He is president of the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) Board of Directors. He has contributed to the pain management and neuromodulation field with chapters and collaborations in books and articles published in international and national journals. He serves as a reviewer on several editorial boards of national and international journals, and is an Associate Editor for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He is also the Editor of Pain Practice and an Associate Editor for The Clinical Journal of Pain and European Journal of Pain-Supplements. Dr. De Andrés has served as Guest Reviewer in several international journals as well. He has a number of teaching duties, including Lecturer in courses and Examiner in the exams of the European Diploma of Anaesthesia (EDA) of European Society of Anaesthesia (ESA). He has earned the European Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) of ESRA and is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) of the World Institute of Pain (WIP).

Oscar de Leon-Casasola, MD
 Dr. Oscar de Leon-Casasola is Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Anesthesiology (Tenure Track), Department of Anesthesiology, and Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is also Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management from 2000 to 2011. He served in the Editorial Board of Seminars in Pain Medicine, Journal of the Spanish Society of Pain, and the Journal of the Argentinean Society of Anesthesiologist. He received his medical training at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala after obtaining a degree in Music with Specialty in Piano. He underwent surgical residency SUNY at Downstate, then anesthesia residency at SUNY-Buffalo. He is board certified in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Pain Management. He was Director of the Acute Pain Service, Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. de Leon-Casasola is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management and President-Elect. He has served as Chair of the Scientific Committee for ASRA’s pain meeting. He is a member of the Pain Medicine Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologist and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Adult Cancer Pain Panel. He served as Chair of the Regional Anesthesia Committee of the ASA until 2010. He served as a member in the Task Force of the ASA that created the Society’s Guidelines for the treatment of Chronic Pain Management, published in 2010 and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Committee drafting the Acute Pain Guidelines for the ASA and the American Pain Society.

Marcel Durieux, MD
Dr. Durieux serves as Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia. A graduate of the School of Medicine at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands), he also holds a PhD from the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands). He completed his residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in molecular pharmacology at the University of Virginia, prior to joining the faculty there in 1994. For the next 6 years he directed an active basic science research program, focused primarily on the effects of general and local anesthetics on receptor functioning. In 2000, he was recruited as Chair to the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, where he continued his basic science research. During this period, he was the recipient of approximately $1 million in grant funding, the majority of these funds from national sources. In 2004, Dr. Durieux returned to the University of Virginia to focus on clinical research. Most of his studies are designed to test the findings obtained in his basic science models in the clinical setting, with exploration of the inflammatory modulating actions of local anesthetics as the primary area of interest. Clinically, Dr. Durieux is primarily involved in anesthesia for neurosurgery. He served as Director of Neuroanesthesia at the University of Virginia, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Claude Ecoffey, MD
Prof. Claude Ecoffey is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care medicine and Pain Medicine at the University Hospital of Rennes, France (since 1996). He received his specialty training in anesthesiology and intensive care at the Paris University, France (1980-1984). He is board certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and pediatrics and was awarded professorship in anesthesiology and critical care medicine in 1990. His clinical expertise focuses on pediatric anesthesia and regional anesthesia. Claude Ecoffey has co-authored over 210 peer-reviewed papers, review articles, and book chapters. He is involved in the SOS French Regional Anesthesia Hotline service since 1998. Claude Ecoffey is the President elect of the French Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care medicine (2014-2015), and he has been President of the French Language Society of Paediatric Anaesthesiologists (ADARPEF, (2001-2004). He is also a member of many international societies of anesthesiology: he has been member elect of former council European Society of Anaesthesiologists (2000-2003), member of executive committee European Society for Paediatric Anaesthesiology (2005 -2009), and the French Zone Representative in the European Society of Regional Anesthesia Board (2009-2014).

James Eisenach, MD
Dr. Eisenach is a clinician-scientist with focus on the study and treatment of acute and chronic pain. Following an obstetric anesthesia fellowship in 1985 he has been a faculty member at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where he is currently the FM James, III Professor of Anesthesia. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesiology and former President of ASRA 

Francesca Kayser Enneking, MD
Dr. Enneking in a long time member of ASRA and faculty member at the University of Florida. Her roles have ranged from Medical Director to Chair of the Dept. of Anesthesiology and of the UF Board Quality Committee. Currently she is directing the UF Perioperative Coordinated Care project. Her interests are in perioperative analgesia, patient safety, and systems level practice improvement. She recently finished a yearlong Improvement Advisory program at the IHI.

Carlo Franco, MD
Current positions include Chairman Regional Anesthesia, JHS Hospital of Cook County Chicago, Professor Anesthesiology and Anatomy, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Born in Chile. American citizen. Degree in General Surgery and Anatomy from the University of Valparaiso in Chile. Immigrated to the USA in 1985. Visiting Professor Anatomy at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio 1985-86 and 1988-89. Anesthesiology Residency, Sinai Hospital of Detroit, Detroit, MI, 1990-94. Recruited to Cook County Hospital of Chicago (now JHS Hospital of Cook County) by Dr. Alon Winnie in 1994. Many contributions to professional journals and regional anesthesia books. Introduction of some new anatomy-based nerve block techniques. Frequent lecturer of regional anesthesia in the USA and around the world.

Jeffrey Gadsden, MD
Jeff Gadsden is a staff anesthesiologist at Duke University Hospital. He graduated with an MD in 1999 from Queen’s University, Canada, and undertook training in anesthesiology at the University of Toronto and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Dr. Gadsden holds fellowships with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Anesthesia) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. After working in both Canada and Australia, he decided to return to the U.S. to focus on his teaching and research interests, which include ultrasound-guided nerve blockade, the monitoring of regional anesthesia, trauma, and education. Dr. Gadsden has authored two books and multiple peer-reviewed articles, and has lectured both nationally and abroad.

Ralf Gebhard, MD
Ralf E. Gebhard M.D. is Professor of Anesthesiology and Chief of the Division of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He is also the Director of the Fellowship Program in Acute Pain Management and Regional Anesthesiology After completing his medical training and his anesthesia residency in Germany, Dr. Gebhard joined the Anesthesiology Department at the University of Texas-Health Science Center Houston in 1998. The University of Miami, Miami-Florida, recruited Dr. Gebhard in 2006 to head up the Division of Regional Anesthesia. He has published numerous articles and book chapters regarding regional anesthesia topics and has lectured intensively nationally and internationally. Dr. Gebhard’s research interest focuses on the avoidance of complications of regional anesthesia techniques and the evaluation of new technologies in regional anesthesia and acute pain management.

John George, MD
Dr. George is a staff Anesthesiologist at The Cleveland Clinic, and has been on staff for 4 years. He trained at The Cleveland Clinic for residency, and completed a 1 year Regional Anesthesia fellowship there as well. Outside of performing blocks, he also is one of the rotating staff on their Acute Pain service and is one of the co-chairs for the hospital's Pain Management Committee. The committee is tasked with assessing and developing methods of improving patient pain scores which they pull from HCAHP scores from all areas of the hospital. A couple of his interests within Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia include the effects of regional anesthetics on cancer outcomes and recurrence, cadaver-based educational workshops (he is on faculty for The Cleveland Clinic cadaver workshop), and methods to improve the technical aspects of placing peripheral nerve blocks (needle guidance systems versus conventional block needle use for example). Outside of the realm of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia, Dr. George is also on staff for the Rapid Response Team at his institution, and he is involved in active research projects looking at the effectiveness of Rapid Response Teams on patient care and outcomes. One of the more recent roles he has taken on is being a member of the user's group for the ABA's redesign of the MOCA program. The goal of the group is to help vet some of the ideas for the redesign of the MOCA program from a diplomate perspective.

James Green, MBBS
Dr James Stewart Green, MBBS, FRCA, Clinical Assistant Professor. Completed medical school and then postgraduate training in Anesthesia in the UK (Newcastle-u-Tyne and Glasgow) before fellowship training in Regional Anesthesia under the guidance of Ban Tsui. Currently practicing as a clinical anesthetist at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with specialist clinical interests in regional anesthesia and neuroanesthesia. Research interests include anesthesia and cancer survival, regional anesthesia, and ultrasound of the head and neck.

Admir Hadzic, MD
Dr. Hadzic has been at the forefront of academic anesthesiology for nearly 2 decades. His work has substantially contributed to the development of functional regional anesthesia anatomy, standardized techniques of nerve blocks, understanding of outcome benefits of regional anesthesia, and monitoring principles to improve the safety of regional anesthesia. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and 2 leading anesthesia textbooks. He has lectured at Universities and top Anesthesia CME events world-wide. He is a founder of global educational programs, NWAC, Networking World Anesthesia Convention and NYSORA, The New York School of Regional Anesthesia, an organization with readership of 12,000 weekly. With NYSORA’s philanthropic ESOP Program (Educational Outreach Scholar Program), Dr Hadzic has substantially contributed to the development of regional anesthesia throughout the world. His latest endeavor is Anesthesiology Network, a professional network for anesthesiologists that aims to connect clinicians in operating rooms worldwide (http://www.anesthesiology-network.com/). In his spare time, Dr Hadzic is an avid photographer (http://admophotography.zenfolio.com/) and leads a blues-rock band “Big Apple Blues” (www.bigappleblues.com) which has toured worldwide. The Big Apple Blues release “Brooklyn Blues” charted top #10 blues albums in 2010 (Real Blues Magazine). The band’s newest release “Energy” (StoneToneRecords, 2014) has been receiving rave reviews and is played on radio stations worldwide, including Spotify, ITunes and others.

Neil Hanson, MD
Hanson is currently on faculty at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, where he also completed a fellowship in Regional Anesthesia after residency at Duke University. He is first author on several papers reporting on efficacy trials involving adductor canal blocks and the anatomic evaluation of ultrasound guided brachial plexus blocks. His current research interests continue to focus on clinical studies with evaluation of large-scale outcomes involving regional anesthesia.

Brian Harrington, MD
Trained at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, has been in practice for over 20 years at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings, Montana. Special interests include analysis of the practical aspects of providing regional anesthesia in the community practice setting, including the acquisition and maintenance of skills in regional techniques.

James Hebl, MD
Dr. James R. Hebl is Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice-Chair, Mayo Clinic Department of Anesthesiology (Rochester, Minnesota). He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1991; and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1995. Dr. Hebl completed his Internship, Anesthesiology Residency, and Regional Anesthesia fellowship at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota). He is Board Certified with the American Board of Anesthesiology and is currently Chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of Anesthesiology Division of Community Anesthesiology (consisting of 18 hospitals); and the Clinical Practice Chair for Mayo Clinic Hospital. His research interests include neurologic and infectious complications associated with regional anesthesia, regional anesthesia & analgesia and perioperative outcomes, and clinical pathways for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery

Michael Herrick, MD
Dr. Herrick is the Director of Regional Anesthesia at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and earned his undergraduate degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. His research interests include evaluation tools and education for procedural skills and patient safety monitoring on inpatient hospital wards.

Jean-Louis Horn, MD
Currently a Professor at the Stanford University Medical Center since July 1, 2013 when I left Oregon Health and Science University after 13 years of leadership in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. I have actively pursued my endeavors in all aspects of the academic mission of the institution. I created and led the regional anesthesia division into a very productive clinical, research and education group. In the clinical arena, I have completely restructured the practice of regional anesthesia and acute pain management with the introduction of a new curriculum and the creation of a new fellowship program. My administrative duties involve sitting on many departmental, institutional and national committees. I continuously mentor medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty members to advance successfully in their respective careers. As regional anesthesia has evolved exponentially in the last decade, education became one of my top priorities. I developed a curriculum that applies increasingly more advanced concepts and techniques as resident education progresses. Each year, I give several lectures and organize journal clubs on regional anesthesia. I am keeping the program at the cutting edge by constantly updating our practice and teaching methods to keep up with the rapid progress in regional anesthesia. Additional educational contributions include the organization of many workshops on regional anesthesia with CME locally, nationally, and internationally. I am also actively involved with premedical education and have participated in the Health Careers Opportunity Program for minority students, which is a federally funding program. I have also mentored several college students. One was accepted in medical school in Tulane, New Orleans, and several at OHSU, while 2 others went to graduate school, one in Michigan and the other one at Drexel.

Steven Howard, MD
After anesthesia residency training at Stanford, Dr. Howard spent a year in fellowship training in patient safety and simulation. Most of my academic work has been in the field of realistic patient simulation and measuring the effect of fatigue on health care personnel. I am the Director of Clinical Research for the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. I am Co-Director of the Patient Simulation Center of Innovation at VAPAHCS where we regularly perform simulation-based training exercises for medical students, house staff, nurses, and allied healthcare personnel. The Simulation Center at VAPAHCS also serves as the satellite facility for SimLEARN the national Veterans Affairs simulation program and is an American Society of Anesthesiologists endorsed center for the teaching of Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA). I have developed and taught simulation curricula during the whole of my 20 year academic career. I co-developed crisis resource management curricula that are now taught routinely to health care practitioners around the globe.

Barys Ihnatsenka, MD
Dr. Ihnatsenka started his career in anesthesia and Critical care in 1995 when graduated from medical school in Belarus. In 2001 he moved to the United States. In 2005 he started residency training at the University of Florida, where he also completed his fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and acute pain medicine. Since graduation, he has been a faculty at the University of Florida. He is in interested in education and simulation especially in regional anesthesia.


Brian Ilfeld, MD
Dr. Ilfeld completed medical school and residency in Anesthesiology at the University of California at San Francisco, followed by a fellowship in regional anesthesia at the University of Florida. His primary research interest involves clinical investigation towards improving perioperative analgesia using regional anesthetic techniques. Towards this end, he earned a Masters Degree of Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation (supported by an NIH K30 award). Following this, he was granted a Mentored Research Training Grant from the Foundation of Anesthesia Education and Research and a K23 Mentored Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. He subsequently assembled and currently directs the PAINfRE group of investigators which design and implement multicenter clinical trials involving ambulatory perineural local anesthetic infusion. His most-recent research endeavor involves treating phantom limb pain with ambulatory continuous peripheral nerve blocks, and is funded with a $2.6-million grant from the Department of Defense.

Giorgio Ivani, MD, Chairman Division Pediatric Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Regina Margherita Children's Hospital, Turin, Italy,Professor, Pediatric Anesthesia at University of Turin, Italy,ESRA Past President,More than 100 papers on peer review journals,Editor of chapters and books on pediatric regional anesthesia and pain

Adam Jacob, MD
Adam, a native of north central Indiana, graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering in 1999. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from Indiana University in 2002. Following medical school, he completed a residency in anesthesiology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 2006. After residency, he was honored with a 2 year appointment as a Mayo Foundation Scholar where he completed a fellowship in regional anesthesiology and Certificate in Clinical Research. Adam is currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where his clinical duties are balanced between inpatient and outpatient surgical practices as well as obstetrical anesthesia. His ongoing research interests include the application of medical informatics to anesthesia research and complications and outcomes after regional anesthesia.

Rebecca Johnson, MD
Rebecca (Becky) Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Fellowship-Trained in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. Becky has been active in ASRA since 2008, serving as Resident Section Chair-elect followed by the Chair of the Resident Section Committee from 04/2010- 04/2011. She has been a part of ASRA faculty since 2011 and has participated in the Newsletter Committee, Resident Section Committee, Communications Committee, Membership Committee, Fall and Spring Planning Committees. She is the first author of several scientific papers, topics including falls and peripheral nerve blockade surrounding major orthopedic surgery, as well as, optimization of perioperative care including anesthesia interventions and clinical pathways for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery. Additionally, Becky has received a Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science from Mayo Clinic and is among a select group of Mayo Clinic faculty to be appointed as a Health Care Delivery Scholar since July 2014.

Zeev Kain, MD
Zeev N. Kain is a Chancellor’s Professor of Anesthesiology & Pediatrics & Psychiatry and the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at UC Irvine Health. Dr. Kain completed residency training in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology, a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia and was received an MBA from Columbia University. After 19 years at Yale University he joined UC Irvine Health in 2008. Dr. Kain has had continuous NIH funding since 1996 and had published over 200 publications in the peer-reviewed literature. His main research focus was stress in children undergoing surgery and invasive procedures. About 3-years ago Dr. Kain became very interested in the Perioperative Surgical Home, and has subsequently been instrumental in implementing PSH at UC Irvine Health. He established the annual summit on the Perioperative Surgical Home and is a member of the steering committee of the newly launched 43 hospital collaborative on this topic. His training in Lean Six Sigma and his MBA and his management background have enabled him to embark on the quest to make the Perioperative Surgical Home ubiquitous at UC Irvine Health and to help bring this care model to institutions nationally.

Sachin Kheterpal, MD
Dr. Kheterpal is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. He received his Bachelor of Science, Doctorate of Medicine, and Master in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Prior to a clinical anesthesiology career, he was the lead architect of a leading commercially available clinical information system–General Electric Centricity®. He led the global clinical information system product development and mergers and acquisitions team at GE Healthcare IT. Dr. Kheterpal brings nearly two decades of informatics, software development, and business administration experience to perioperative outcomes research. He is the principal investigator of the multicenter perioperative outcomes group (MPOG), a consortium of more than 30 anesthesiology and surgical departments. He is recognized as a national leader in perioperative large dataset clinical research and has published numerous articles, editorials, and book chapters regarding intraoperative management and long term postoperative outcomes. Using innovative techniques to integrate administrative, electronic health record, and registry data across institutions, Dr. Kheterpal has helped create the MPOG centralized research database, with nearly 3 million perioperative records with risk adjusted long term outcome data and detailed clinical intervention data. Dr. Kheterpal's current research focus is evaluating the comparative effectiveness of intraoperative anesthesiology interventions on long term patient outcomes.   He is also the project director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield-funded Anesthesiology Performance Improvement and Reporting Exchange (ASIRE), a statewide collaborative quality improvement initiative that uses hospital and provider-specific feedback to improve adherence to evidence-based standard of perioperative care.

Per-Arne Lonnqvist, MD
Dr. Lonnqvist graduated from Karolinska Medical School in 1982 and received his Specialist Diploma in 1988. He has a PhD in Paediatric Regional Anaesthesia with special reference to the use of paravertebral blockade in children. He has been a staff member of the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Karolinska University Hospital since 1989. He also has been a professor of Paediatric Anaesthesia, Section of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institute since 2007. Dr. Lonnqvist is currently the President of the Swedish Association for Regional Anaesthesia and the Swedish representative to ESRA. He is also on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Anaesthesia and Section Editor of Pediatric Anesthesia.

Danielle Ludwin, MD
Dr. Ludwin is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeon and the associate regional anesthesia fellowship director. She is a member of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators at Columbia Medical Center and a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society.

Edward Mariano, MD
After graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his anesthesiology residency at Stanford University Medical Center and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital with emphases on clinical investigation and regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine for children. He joined the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in 2004, where he started UCSD’s training program in Regional Anesthesiology and served as Division Chief of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine until 2010. He is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine with a Masters of Advanced Studies Degree in Clinical Research. His research interests include the development of techniques and patient care pathways to improve postoperative pain control and other surgical outcomes. He has published over 100 research articles, book chapters, and invited reviews in this field and have received extramural grant funding from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, Department of Defense, and other agencies for related research. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology and currently serve as Chief of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service and Associate Chief of Staff for Inpatient Surgical Services at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and Co-Director of the Stanford Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. He has served the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine on various committees, including Chair of the 2013 ASRA spring annual meeting Scientific/Education Planning Committee, and I am the Editor of ASRA News.

Colin McCartney, MBChB
Colin McCartney is Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology at University of Ottawa and Head of Anesthesiology at The Ottawa Hospital. He completed anaesthesia and pain medicine training in Scotland before completing a regional anaesthesia and pain fellowship in Toronto in 2000. From 2000-2014 he was a faculty member at University of Toronto and staff anesthesiologist at Toronto Western Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals in relation to regional anaesthesia and pain medicine and is an Editor of the journal Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and Associate Editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia and BMC Anesthesiology. In 2014 he completed a PhD at University of Edinburgh on evolution and impact of ultrasound guidance on brachial plexus anaesthesia. In his spare time he enjoys beer, company of good friends and sleep.

Stavros Memtsoudis, MD
Dr. Memtsoudis is a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Public Health at the Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Anesthesiologist and Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. He currently serves as the Director of Critical Care Services at the same institution. His research interest lies in the study of perioperative outcomes of orthopedic patients. He has published widely on the topic and has recently focused on the role of regional anesthesia and its impact on perioperative outcomes.

Douglas Merrill, MD
Dr. Merrill is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Associate Dean for Quality and Safety at University of California Irvine Health, as well as Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology. He has been an active regional anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician since 1980.He has managed a 7 physician pain clinic in private practice, served as a medical director of 5 surgery centers. two pain clinics and has served as the Chair of the ASA Committee on Pain Medicine as well as a member of the ASA Committee on Economics. He also has served as the ASA Advisor to the AMA CPT Panel and written extensively on the management of pain practice and healthcare policy. He has been a long supporter of ASRA and considers this organization to be a significant positive force in the advancement of quality and safety in the perioperative and palliative care environments.

Vicki Modest, MD
Vicki Modest is a thoracic and regional anesthetist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mechanical engineering), and Wake Forest School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Modest has a focus on global health. She is a Shore Fellow (in global health), and an affiliate of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, both at Harvard Medical School. An expert in ultrasound guided regional anesthesia, she introduced this technique in Uganda in 2011, and helped establish the first program in USGRA in Sub-Saharan Africa. Emerging from this, there is an evolving new approach to anesthetics and post-operative pain control, where previously there was none. Recently invited to participate in the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, she is collaborating with others to reduce the global surgical and anesthetically related burden of injury and death. She is a frequent invited speaker/teacher on all three topics (regional, global health and thoracic). For entertainment, Dr Modest enjoys the New England beauty, hiking on the Appalachian Trail and riding horses with her four girls. With varying success, she is trying to re-learn her flute.

Ahtsham Niazi, FCARCSI, FRCPC
Dr. Niazi is a Staff Anesthetist at Toronto Western Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He served his fellowship in Regional Anesthesia at Toronto Western Hospital and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada. He earned his diploma in Health Care Management in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, completed Anesthesia Training in the Republic of Ireland, and completed a Fellowship in Liver Transplant Surgery Anesthesia in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. He is a Fellow of the College of Anesthetists (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland). He is a graduate of Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Niazi's special interests include ultrasound guided regional anesthesia, education in regional anesthesia, simulation training, and acute pain management.

Steven Orebaugh, MD
Staff anesthesiologist at an ambulatory surgery facility at the University of Pittsburgh which concentrates on Sports Orthopedics. Dr. Orebaugh is the Curriculum committee co-chairman for their residency, and the rotation coordinator for the core rotation in regional anesthesia. He is interested in education, anatomy and outcomes related to regional anesthesia

David Provenzano, MD
Dr. David Provenzano is the President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and became a Phi Beta Kappa member. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed a surgical internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a residency in anesthesiology at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He completed a Pain Management Fellowship at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Provenzano has served as a principal investigator on multiple research studies and published numerous scientific articles. His research interests include the effects of preinjected fluid on monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency lesioning. He has lectured at numerous international and national meetings on the management of acute and chronic pain. Furthermore, he serves as an external member of the Robert Morris University IRB, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duquesne University Department of Pharmacology, and Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Physician Assistants Studies at the Duquesne University Rangos School of Health Sciences. Dr. Provenzano serves as the Vice Chair for the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. In addition, he serves on the Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He has extensive interests and expertise in the conservative treatment of pain originating from the cervical and lumbar spine, neuromodulation and in the utilization of ultrasound for interventional pain management procedures. Dr. Provenzano resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Richard Rosenquist, MD
Dr. Richard Rosenquist received his M.D. degree in June 1984 from Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. His post-graduate education includes an internship at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois from 1984-1985, residency in Anesthesiology at Northwestern University, and McGaw Medical Center and Affiliated Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois 1985-1987, and a one-year fellowship in Regional Anesthesia/Pain and Critical Care, Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. From July, 1988 to June, 1990 Dr. Rosenquist was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. From June, 1990 to December 31, 1997 he was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Director, Acute Pain Control Service and Director, Center for Pain Management and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Rosenquist was an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Pain Medicine Division at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic from 1998-2004. From 2004 to June 30, 2011, he was Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Pain Medicine Division at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.   He is currently Chairman of the Pain Management Department at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Rosenquist is a Past-President of ASRA and served as President from 2005 to 2007. He currently serves as Chair for the ASA Committee on Pain Medicine, Member of the ASA Committee on Economics, and alternate ASA advisor to the RUC. He currently serves as Vice-Chair for the ABA Pain Medicine Examination Committee. He currently serves on the Anesthesiology Residency Review Committee for the ACGME.

John Rowlingson, MD (Gaston Labat Award recipient and lecturer)
Dr. Rowlingson was born and raised in Central New York State. He attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA (known for Dad's dog food and Talon zippers) and then the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine (known for brutal winters). He interned at the Millard Fillmore Hospital but finally chose a different lifestyle and came to the sunnier, warmer Mid-Atlantic region and UVA for Anesthesiology residency in 1975. He had the unique opportunity to work with Dr. Harold Carron, a Founding Father of ASRA, as a resident and to do a year's fellowship in pain medicine at a time when people said, "You are going to what for how long?" Given the rapid growth in popularity of pain medicine, and the alliance then with regional anesthesia, he benefitted from abundant opportunities to work in acute and chronic pain, regional anesthesia/analgesia, and the operating room at UVA. He founded the Acute Pain Service at UVA in 1987 and directed the Pain Management Center and the pain fellowship at UVA as well for many years. He has had the pleasure of working in regional, state and national programs and organizations related to pain medicine and regional anesthesia over an academic career within which he has been promoted to Tenured Professor, named for my esteemed colleague and officemate, Cosmo A. DiFazio (a Past President himself of ASRA). It has been his distinct pleasure to serve the ASRA from the earliest days, as Dr. Carron told him he was going to help him with the programs! His first meeting was in 1978 and he’s hardly ever missed one since (even when ASRA established the two-meetings-a-year format). He had the opportunity to serve on many committees within ASRA, and served as President in the mid-90s. He has been on the Editorial Board of RAPM for many years, as well as that of other major and minor journals. He was an oral Board examiner. He has delivered many lectures, some of them of the named variety. He won the ASRA Distinguished Service Award in 2007 and was the Bonica Lecturer that year as well.

Francis Salinas, MD
Dr. Salinas has been at Virginia Mason Medical Center since 1998. He is board certified in anesthesiology, internal medicine, and perioperative trans-esophageal electrocardiography. He is fortunate and grateful to be able to practice both regional anesthesia and cardiac anesthesia on a daily basis. He was fortunate to learn regional anesthesia from some of the giants of the specialty, such as Dr. Gale Thompson, Dr. Manni Batra, Dr. Mike Mulroy, and Dr. Joseph Neal. Through their love of regional anesthesia and mentorship, he has learned the foundations of anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and evidenced-based medicine. Dr. Salinas believes that regional anesthesia provides tremendous perioperative benefits to patients in terms of better analgesia, decreased opioid related side effects, enhanced functional recovery, contributes significantly to decreases in perioperative morbidity and perhaps even decreases in mortality. The appropriate application of perioperative regional anesthesia also provides tremendous benefits to the specialty. By providing state-of-the-art analgesia, physicians are able to contribute to the concept of the perioperative surgical home, and clearly increase the visibility and importance as true perioperative physicians.

Daniel Sessler, MD
Dr. Sessler attended medical school at Columbia University, and subsequently completed pediatric and anesthesia residencies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Having served as a Professor at the University of California in San Francisco and as Vice-dean for Research at the University of Louisville, he is now the Michael Cudahy Professor and Chair of the Department of OUTCOMES RESEARCH at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also Director of the OUTCOMES RESEARCH Consortium: the Consortium is the world’s largest clinical anesthesia research group and publishes a full paper every 5 days. He is an editor for Anesthesiology and serves as a reviewer for more than 50 journals. Dr. Sessler has published a book on therapeutic hypothermia and more than 550 full research papers including more than a dozen in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and the JAMA. His papers have been cited more than 20,000 times, and more than 40 were accompanied by editorials. He has been a principal or co-investigator on grants totaling $30 million, more than half from peer-reviewed sources. Dr. Sessler has given invited lectures at more than 325 institutions. He serves as a director for the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER). Among his awards is a Fulbright Fellowship and the American Society of Anesthesiology Excellence in Research prize.

Cynthia Shum, RN
Cynthia Shum is the Nurse Educator of the Simulation Center at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Cynthia is responsible for the operations of the center, running simulation programs, developing curriculum and consulting with healthcare professionals to utilize simulation based methodologies. Cynthia obtained her Nursing degree at Dalhousie University in Canada. After a few years of work in the clinical arena she returned to school for her Masters' degree in Education. During her studies Cynthia further developed her research skills. Over the course of her career she has done a variety of different jobs including Clinical Research, Education and Healthcare Simulation. Cynthia is currently a student at the University of San Francisco, where she is working on her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Cynthia has worked in the field of Healthcare Simulation Education for the past 6 years. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and is actively involved in the simulation societies. Simulation is a way to allow healthcare professionals to practice and learn in a safe environment. The primary goal is to improve the delivery of care and ultimately improve patient outcomes. Cynthia is the mother of three wonderful young men and has been married for 22 years. When not in school or working her favorite pastime is baking.

Santhanam Suresh, MD
Dr. Suresh is Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Director of the Pain Management Team at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is an Arthur C. King Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Suresh received his medical degree from the University of Madras in India. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Cook Country Hospital in Chicago, residency in anesthesiology at Loyola University Medical School in Chicago, and his fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. His major area of research is in post-operative pain control and management of chronic pain in children and adolescents. He is internationally recognized for his innovations in the use of nerve blocks for postoperative pain control in infants and children.

Jeffrey Swenson, MD
Jeff Swenson is a Professor of Anesthesiology and the current Director of Anesthesia at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center. He also serves as team physician for the University of Utah PAC 12 football team. Dr. Swenson transitioned from his position as Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology and Transesophageal Echocardiography at the University of Utah in 2002. Since that time he has devoted his time to research and education in ultrasound guided regional anesthesia. He also produces a free website for education in ultrasound guided regional anesthesia which be accessed at www.safeultrasound.org.

De Tran, MD
Dr Tran is an Associate Professor and co-director of the Regional Anesthesia Fellowship at McGill University. His research interest revolves around finding the best evidence-based techniques for ultrasound-guided nerve blocks.

Ban Tsui, MD
The primary interest and objective of Dr. Tsui's research is to transform regional anesthesia from an "art" into a reliable and reproducible "science" by further exploring the basic scientific and clinical aspects of electrophysiological signal monitoring and integrating this with the latest advances in ultrasound. Dr. Tsui has a strong interested in mentoring and motivating residents and anesthesiologists fellows to incorporate research into their clinical practice. Dr. Tsui has received Clinical Scholar funding from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) since 2002. Dr. Tsui is the recipient of the 2014 Dr. R.A. Gordon Research Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS). He has previously received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and multiple awards from CAS.

William Urmey, MD
Dr. William F. Urmey is an Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. His expertise is in regional anesthesia, especially peripheral nerve blocks. Dr. Urmey has a background in respiratory physiology and chest wall mechanics. Scientifically, he has published extensively on brachial plexus anesthesia, respiratory effects of regional anesthesia, regional anesthesia for ambulatory surgery, and the science of peripheral nerve stimulation. Dr. Urmey was a member of the ASRA Board of Directors from 2008-20014.

Marc Van de Velde, MD
Marc Van de Velde obtained his medical degree at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in 1991. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology in 1996 at the University Hospitals of Louvain. In 2000, he received his PhD degree following research related to metabolic support of the stunned myocardium. He was appointed member of staff in 1997 at the department of Anesthesiology of the University Hospitals in Louvain, Belgium and is now Full Professor of Anesthesia. Until November 2010 he was clinical director of obstetric anesthesia and clinical director of anesthesia outside the operating room. Since November 2010, he is Head of the Department Anesthesiology at the Catholic University Leuven and Full Professor at the Leuven University Hospitals. He has given over 270 invited lectures at the international and national level, has published 70 articles in peer reviewed journals, has produced 30 manuscripts for non-peer reviewed journals and has co-authored 4 book chapters. He is editor of a new, international book on Maternal Critical Care to be published in 2013 and he is editor of a new book on “Obstetric Anesthesia” to be published in 2015. He was member of the Committee of the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association from 2003 – 2009 and is currently president of the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA). He is chair of the Scientific Committee of the Annual ESRA Meeting organized in Ljubljana 2015 and Maastricht 2016. He is also Chair of the Scientific Subcommittee on Obstetric Anesthesia of the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA). His primary clinical interest focuses on obstetric anesthesia and anesthesia for children and adults with congenital heart disease undergoing non cardiac surgery. Most of his current research focuses on obstetric anesthesia. He is married with Eva and has five children, Sofie, Michiel, Bas, Ella and Juliette. He loves to travel and play golf.

Alexandru Visan, MD, MBA
Dr. Visan is the Founder and CEO of Executive Cortex Consulting, dedicated to the development and implementation of progressive healthcare solutions for modern medical practice, based on hybrid healthcare and business administration analytics. His areas of interest are strategic business development, application of six sigma techniques to improve revenue cycle management, and provision of innovative professional development programs suited for modern healthcare delivery. He previously served as Medical Director of the Regional Anesthesia Division at University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was actively involved in developing a regional anesthesiology and acute pain management program, as well as improving operating room workflows and clinical enterprise efficiency. Dr. Visan has served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology on the faculty of University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Miami. He earned his Executive MBA, with a specialization in Health Sector Management and Policy from the University of Miami Business School, as well as his Six Sigma certification. He completed his residency and a fellowship in regional anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.

Eugene Viscusi, MD
Dr. Eugene R. Viscusi is Professor of Anesthesiology, Director of Acute Pain Management in the Department of Anesthesiology, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His research interests include development of new pain management techniques, outcome studies, and development of novel agents and delivery systems for pain management. He has been a lead investigator and a primary consultant for most emerging technologies in the perioperative arena in the last two decades. Dr. Viscusi developed a novel, nurse-driven model for acute pain management with specially trained nurses in the early 1990s that has served as a model for healthcare delivery. Dr. Viscusi has lectured extensively at national and international meetings. He has authored more than 100 book chapters and abstracts, in addition to co-authoring a textbook on acute pain and contributing more than 75 peer-reviewed articles in journals including JAMA, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia & Analgesia, and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He currently serves on the editorial board of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the Clinical Journal of Pain, and the American Journal of Orthopedics, and he regularly reviews for many other journals. Dr. Viscusi’s research has been covered by the major media, including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and he has appeared on nationally televised interviews. A member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), Dr. Viscusi has served on the Board of Directors since 2011. He will ascend to the Treasurer's position at the Spring 2015 meeting. Dr. Viscusi is also an avid musician, a specialist in early music and performed and conducted in the Philadelphia area until the late 1990's.

Benjamin Walker, MD
Dr. Walker received his medical training at the University of Wisconsin, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Virginia Mason in Seattle. He continued his training in Seattle with a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology and an additional research year in pediatric regional anesthesia at Seattle Children's Hospital. He currently serves as the Director of Pediatric Pain Management at American Family Children's Hospital at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. His primary research interest is safety in pediatric regional anesthesia, and he has been heavily involved in the Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Network, which is a multicenter consortium of 20 children's hospitals examining practice patterns and complications of regional anesthesia in children.

Daniel Warren, MD
As academic faculty for the Department of Anesthesiology at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, I participate in both perioperative care of patients in the OR, as well as on the ward in postoperative recovery through our Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Service. Additionally, I am the program director for our Pain Medicine Fellowship and participate in consultative and interventional care for patients with chronic and cancer pain. As a past Program Chair for the ASRA Pain Medicine meeting, and member of the Committee on Continuing Medical Education, I remain committed to the mission of ASRA and the educational events provided to the community.

Guy Weinberg, MD
Dr. Weinberg trained in internal medicine and medical genetics before converting to anesthesiology (a wise move). He had also spent time in biochemistry laboratories at UCSF and the NIH before leaving research forever (he thought) vowing never to do another experiment. After nearly fifteen years of clinical practice an ‘outlier’ event brought him back to the laboratory to answer how carnitine deficiency could lead to severe local anesthetic sensitivity that nearly cost a patient her life. In trying to model this event, Dr. Weinberg identified the benefit of lipid emulsion infusion in treating local anesthetic systemic toxicity. Returning reluctantly to the laboratory, albeit with some measure of success, Dr. Weinberg is lucky enough to preserve 50% of his professional time for the operating room where some say he still has something to offer. At home, his wife Mary and three children claim to know better.

Robert Weller, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Section Head of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After completing six month fellowships in both regional anesthesia at Virginia Mason Clinic and pediatric anesthesia at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in 1984, Dr. Weller has continued to practice and teach regional anesthesia throughout his career. He was residency program director at the University of Connecticut for 10 years, and then moved to Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1997 where he helped establish a Section and Resident educational rotation in regional anesthesia and acute pain management (RAAPM). He served as RAAPM Fellowship Director from 2008 to 2013 and then as Section Head for RAAPM from 2013 to the present. Over the past 10 years, he introduced and promoted the use of ultrasound-guidance for regional anesthesia at Wake Forest and has been invited to teach at national and international meetings on this and other regional anesthesia subjects. He has been an Associate Editor for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and guest reviewer for a number of anesthesiology journals for many years. Dr. Weller has also been involved in the planning and CME oversight for the ASA and ASRA annual meetings.

Brian Williams, MD
In Dr. Williams' almost-20 year career as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he has ascended the ranks to Professor of Anesthesiology, and has subspecialized in ambulatory/regional anesthesia throughout this time. His research has been underwritten by the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense. His research interests, both clinical and translational, include health care economics, process re-engineering, patient satisfaction psychometrics, and multimodal perineural anesthesia/analgesia.

Glenn Woodworth, MD
Dr. Woodworth is the Director of Regional Anesthesia and the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Director at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. His research interests include the assessment of competency and educational outcomes, and he is a past FAER grant recipient for his work on the assessment of ultrasound interpretation skills for regional anesthesia. In addition to his duties at OHSU, Dr. Woodworth is the Editor in Chief of the Anesthesia Education Toolbox, a collaboratively developed peer-reviewed web-site for anesthesia education. The Toolbox learning management system facilitates resident, fellow, and post-graduate continuing education in anesthesia. In his spare time, Dr. Woodworth enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis and cooking.

Christopher Wu, MD
Dr. Christopher Wu is a professor of anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research is focused on outcomes research and regional anesthesia-analgesia. Dr. Wu has numerous peer reviewed publications including manuscripts in JAMA, Lancet, and British Medical Journal. He is on several editorial boards, including Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and, previously, Anesthesiology. Dr. Wu enjoys teaching and mentoring the next generation of anesthesiologists and is the recipient of numerous awards in this area.

Mark Yeager, MD
Dr. Yeager joined the Department of Anesthesiology at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center after completing specialty training in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He maintains a research profile focused on enhancement of the surgical recovery process through prevention of surgical complications related to inflammation, infection and pain. Current research interests include; 1) investigation of the pro-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids on immune effector cells, primarily monocytes and macrophages, 2) in collaboration with Randy W. Loftus, MD, investigating mechanisms and preventions of pathogenic bacterial transmission in the operating room, and 3) testing the role of new perioperative analgesic protocols for enhancing surgical recovery. Dr. Yeager is William L. Garth Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine, Vice-Chair for Research and Director of the Acute Pain Service.


To receive your CME certificate 

The online evaluation and credit claim process is now closed. To obtain your CME certificate, please download the credit claim form and send to asrameetings@asra.com. Upon verification of registration, your certificate will be sent within one week. See you at next year in the Big Easy for the 41st annual meeting March 31-April 2, 2016 at the historic Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans!

Educational objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Review current basic science, clinical, and translational research with regard to its applicability to regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine practice.
  • Describe current methods of regional anesthetic/analgesic techniques for perioperative and acute pain management.
  • Perform a risk/benefit analysis of specific regional anesthetic techniques to select optimal choices for surgical anesthesia and perioperative pain control.
  • Identify the barriers to implementation of current regional anesthetic/analgesic techniques into practice, and discuss strategies to overcome those barriers.
  • Incorporate modern opioid and non-opioid systemic analgesic agents and multi-modal analgesic protocols into perioperative and acute pain medicine.
  • Describe both short and long term outcome variables that are improved by effective regional anesthesia and pain medicine.
  • Identify key aspects of the Affordable Care Act that represent challenges to delivery of regional anesthesia and pain medicine services.
  • Assemble a valuable network of international colleagues for consultation and future self-directed learning.
  • Fulfill knowledge base and technical skills requirements for the ASRA-ASA Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia (UGRA) Education and Clinical Training Portfolio.
  • Claim ABA MOCA patient-safety CME credit.

Target audience

The ASRA CME program provides educational activities to physicians, residents, fellows, and scientists. ASRA supports a multi-disciplinary and inter-professional approach to continuing education and patient care by also providing relevant education for other healthcare professionals not directly engaging in interventional regional anesthesia and/or pain medicine procedures. ASRA offers learning opportunities to the national and international healthcare community.

Accreditation and credit designation statements


The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 25.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 25.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurses: Most State Boards of Registered Nursing accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as meeting continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses should check with their state board regarding use of CME credit.

Credit Breakdown:


Maximum Credits

Thursday, May 14
Friday, May 15
Saturday, May 16
Total Credits

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)

Patient Safety CME Credits: This activity helps fulfill the patient-safety CME requirement for Part II of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA) of The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA requirements. Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®. The following sessions have been approved:


  • 2:45 pm, Refresher Course, Oral Anticoagulants, Antiplatelets, and Regional Anesthesia (0.75 credits)    


  • 10:30 am, Parallel Session, Prescription Opioid Crisis: Your Questions, Comments, Examples, Opinions (1.5 credits)
  • 1:30 pm, Parallel Session, Challenges in Acute Pain Management (1.5 credits)


  • 1:45 pm, Parallel Session, Best of ASRA: Practice Advisory Updates (1.5 credits)
  • 1:45 pm, Parallel Session, Data Collection for the Regional Anesthesiologist (1.5 credits)
  • 3:45 pm, Parallel Session, The Future of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (1.5 credits)
  • 8:00 am, Simulation Workshop, Crisis Management for the Regional Anesthesiologist (3.75 credits)
  • 2:00 am, Simulation Workshop, Crisis Management for the Regional Anesthesiologist (3.5 credits)

Credit Reporting to the American Board of Anesthesiology: ASRA is an American Board of Anesthesiology approved provider and as a service to ASRA members and activity participants, CME credits are reported to the ABA. Participants must include their correctly formatted ABA ID number (3456-7890) during the online evaluation and credit claim process available directly at the conclusion of the activity. Once the online evaluation and credit claim process is closed, certificates will be issued and credits reported to the ABA. After this time, participants may request their CME certificate by contacting asrameetings@asra.com, but ASRA will no longer report credits to the ABA, which will then be the individual participant’s responsibility.

ASRA-ASA Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia (UGRA) Education and Clinical Training Portfolio

The Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Education and Clinical Training Portfolio is a joint ASRA - ASA initiative designed for anesthesiologists who wish to distinguish themselves in the field and provide evidence of training and experience. The portfolio guides participants through a comprehensive educational and training experience that fulfills current recommendations for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA). This ASRA course has been approved for knowledge base and technical skills components of the portfolio. For more information and approved sessions, visit the ASA website.

International credits

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has agreements based on the mutual recognition of credit points with the American Medical Association for live educational events. You may submit your CME certificate directly for credit recognition of this accredited group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For more information, visit: www.royalcollege.ca

European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS-EACCME): The UEMS-EACCME has agreements based on the mutual recognition of credit points with the American Medical Association for live educational events.Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS): www.uems.net