46th Annual Regional Anesthesiology
and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting

May 13-15, 2021 | In-person or Virtual


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Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Stanford University. He graduated medical school and received a PhD in bioengineering from Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany, including two years as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and he completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. His research interests include point-of-care ultrasonography ( #PoCUS), functional outcomes after surgery, innovative technologies and techniques in anesthesia. He currently chairs ASRA’s Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Special Interest Group.

Dr. Melissa Byrne


Melissa Byrne, DO, MPH, is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, she worked in private practice in Virginia before returning back to her home in Michigan to complete a fellowship in Regional and Ambulatory Anesthesia. Her interests include resident education and Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS). She has recently been named assistant director for PoCUS where she is active in curriculum development.

Dr. Nabil Elkassabany


Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE, is an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is the director of the sections of Regional and Orthopedic Anesthesiology and he is also the director of the regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowship. His research interest focuses on improving patients’ outcomes after regional anesthesia. He currently is a member of the board of directors of ASRA, chairs the industry relation and communication committees, and is the co-chair for #ASRASPRING21.

Dr. Taras Grosh


Taras Grosh, MD, is an anesthesiologist specializing in regional and orthopedic anesthesia and the management of acute and chronic pain. He completed a chronic pain fellowship focusing on ultrasound based procedures and nerve pathologies. He is the coordinator of social media for @pennanesthesia. His interests include #ERAS for #regionalanesthesia, nerve entrapment, and artificial intelligence in anesthesiology. When not in the ORs he is running with his kids and dogs!

Dr. Raj Gupta


Rajnish Gupta, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. His clinical focus is on regional anesthesia, acute pain management, and orthopedics anesthesia. He has been the director of the Acute Pain Service and now currently serves as the Director of Orthopedics Anesthesia at VUMC. Dr. Gupta’s research focus includes regional anesthesia techniques, resident education, technology integration into clinical practice, smartphone app development, and endogenous mechanisms of pain experience.

Dr. Nadia Hernandez


Nadia Hernandez, MD, completed her anesthesiology residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, NY, followed by fellowship training in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine. She moved back home to Texas where she serves as an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Texas (UT) at Houston McGovern School of Medicine. After one year, Dr. Hernandez revamped the regional anesthesiology fellowship and was promoted to director of regional anesthesiology at UT Houston as well as program chair of the Regional Anesthesia and Perioperative Ultrasound Fellowship. She is one of the co-founding members of the ASRA Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Special Interest Group.

Dr. Margaret Holtz


Maggie Holtz, MD, is a board certified anesthesiologist. Having previously served as assistant professor of anesthesiology at Emory and then at Yale, she now works for Georgia Anesthesiologists, P.C., where she is chief of regional and orthopedic anesthesia at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in suburban Atlanta. Dr. Holtz speaks across the country on opioid minimization and enhanced recovery after surgery, and also teaches at regional anesthesia workshops both nationally and internationally. 

Dr. Kellie Jaremko


Kellie Jaremko, MD, PhD, completed a combined MD-PhD program at Thomas Jefferson University. She will complete her residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General hospital and begin a regional anesthesia and acute pain fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Fall 2020. Kellie is pursuing a mix of clinical time and research focused on perioperative stress, pain, and optimization of management with regional and multimodal analgesia. She has been an active member of ASRA for many years including leadership within the resident section committee, social media team, and is the founding chair of the Resident and Medical Student Education SIG.

Dr. Hari Kalagara


Hari Kalagara, MD, is passionate about regional anesthesia and has completed a regional anesthesia fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He has attained European Diploma in Regional Anesthesia (EDRA) by the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy and was awarded the ASRA Resident/Fellow of the Year Award in 2017. Dr. Kalagara organizes and serves as primary activity director for the cadaveric regional anesthesia ultrasound workshops held at Cleveland Clinic. He is convinced of the benefits of regional anesthesia for pain relief for various surgical procedures and always tries to incorporate regional anesthesia for patient care. Dr. Kalagara is currently working as assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with special interest in regional anesthesia. 

Dr. Michelle Kars


Michelle Kars, MD, completed her training in both general pediatrics and anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Weill-Cornell in New York, followed by a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Kars is the director of the Pediatric Acute Pain Service at Northwell Cohen Children’s Medical Center and the director of Continuing Medical Education for the department of anesthesiology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell where she serves as a part of the core faculty for the anesthesia residency. Her clinical interests include point-of-care ultrasound application in pediatrics as well as research in regional anesthesia techniques in infants and children to minimize opioid requirements in the perioperative period. 

Dr. James Kim


James Kim, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Kim received his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, where he won the intern/resident teacher of the year award 4 years in a row and the best academic performance award. He then completed his fellowship at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, after which he joined the faculty at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA for two years. Dr. Kim won The Faculty Teacher of the Year Award after his first year as an attending at UVA. Currently, Dr. Kim is an active member of the regional anesthesia and acute pain service at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is involved in resident/fellow education and clinical research. During his spare time, Dr. Kim enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. You can follow his dogs on Instagram @ThePandaPongoShow.



Lynn Kohan, MD, is an associate professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Virginia. She obtained her medical degree from Georgetown University, where she also completed her anesthesia residency. She completed her pain medicine fellowship at the University of Virginia and stayed on as faculty. She currently serves as the Pain Management Fellowship Director. Her research and clinical interests include head and facial pain #AIHS, novel RF techniques (#FUS), medical and interventional treatments for acute and chronic pain (#painmed), and resident/fellow education #meded.

Dr. Ed Mariano


Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS, is a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the anesthesiology and perioperative care service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. His research interests include the development of techniques and patient care pathways to improve postoperative pain control, patient safety, and other surgical outcomes. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles. He is a recipient of the Veteran Health Administration’s John D. Chase Award for Physician Executives Excellence and has led key national healthcare initiatives related to pain medicine.

Dr. Samer Narouze


Samer Narouze, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesiology and surgery at NEOMED and Ohio University. He is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, headache medicine, and interventional pain management. He is the chairman of the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Dr. Narouze is the president-elect of ASRA. He recently founded the American Interventional Headache Society (@aihsHeadache) and serves on many committees for national and international headache and pain organizations. He has published about 200 research papers, review articles, book chapters, and abstracts. His areas of interest are #pain, #headache, #cannabinoids, #DiversityandInclusion, #wellness, #obesity, and #ultrasound.

Dr. Jennifer Noerenberg


Jennifer Noerenberg, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who completed a fellowship in regional anesthesia and perioperative pain management at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. She completed residency at the University of California, Davis. She is an associate physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and works for the San Diego region. Her interests include working to develop perioperative pain protocols for several types of surgical applications and developing tools to educate both patients and physicians of resources for multimodal and regional anesthesia techniques.  

Dr. Gary Schwartz


Gary Schwartz, MD, is the director of acute pain management at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He is board certified in both pain management and anesthesiology. Dr. Schwartz completed an interventional pain fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, after finishing his anesthesia residency at St. Vincent's Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Upstate College of Medicine and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY. Dr. Schwartz focuses on back pain, neck pain, spinal cord stimulation, nerve pain, joint pain, and failed back surgery syndrome. At Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Schwartz focuses on assisting hospitalized patients with postoperative pain and also educates anesthesia residents and medical school students. Dr. Schwartz also serves as a committee member for ASRA and the ASA.

Dr. Alicia Warlick


Alicia Lopez Warlick, MD, is a regional anesthesiologist practicing in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has a passion for acute pain medicine and a large focus on improving systems to provide acute pain procedures for women. She is the author of the first chapter in the new book, Acute Pain Medicine, recently published by the American Academy of Pain Medicine. She is a hardworking mom and military wife, and has spent time in different roles including as an assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center in the Department of Regional Anesthesia. Over the last decade, she has also had the advantage of working on acute pain medicine teams in the private practice world where she has established multiple programs optimizing ERAS protocols for breast and cesarean section. She is an influencer and leader in the social media world, a member of the ASRA social media committee, a mastermind leader on @SoMEdocs (Doctors on Social Media), and personal trainer committed to health and fitness for women. You can find her on all platforms @AliFitMD.

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