47th Annual Regional Anesthesiology
and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting

March 31-April 2, 2022 | Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada


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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 was a founding member of the 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, MBA, 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 chairs the communication committee and is a member of the board of directors of ASRA Pain Medicine.

Dr. Hesham Elsharkawy


Hesham Elsharkawy, MD, MBA, MSc, FASA, is a staff member at MetroHealth and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Elsharkawy’s research focus has been on development of new technologies, new pain procedures, and the transition from acute to chronic pain. This interest led him to establish the Persistent Postoperative Pain Special Interest Group. He has experience in research, has contributed to the field of regional anesthesia, and has been invited to many lectures and workshops, in national and international conferences, and on numerous grand rounds. Dr. Elsharkawy is also actively involved in multiple research projects and multicenter studies and has received multiple grants to support research projects. The core of his educational activities is teaching residents and fellows in different clinical settings, as well as during formal lectures, journal clubs, simulation sessions, workshops, and problem-based learning discussions. He earned an MBA from Cleveland State University, which helps him to lead many departmental projects.

Dr. Raj Gupta


Rajnish Gupta, MD, is a 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. Stephen Haskins


Stephen Haskins, MD, is a regional anesthesiologist trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. During his fellowship, Dr. Haskins developed an interest in Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS), specifically focused cardiac ultrasound, lung ultrasound, abdominal ultrasound, and gastric ultrasound. Dr. Haskins is the co-founder and chair of the Perioperative POCUS Special Interest Group (SIG). He is also lead author for POCUS for the Regional Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist Review Series in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (RAPM).

Dr. Melody Herman


Melody Herman, MD, is a regional anesthesiologist with Scope Anesthesia at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina - the region’s only level 1 trauma hospital. She completed her residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and regional anesthesiology and acute pain fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Most notably, she began creating short sonoanatomy videos, “Nerve Block TikToks”, during the summer of 2020. These short sonoanatomy videos are useful adjuncts to teaching regional anesthesia within the tight time constraints of the private practice model. Dr. Herman serves as associate faculty for ASRA Pain Medicine, is the newsletter liaison for the Private Practice Special Interest Group, and is dedicated to building a robust regional anesthesia program in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins University, with a clinical focus in regional anesthesia and acute pain management. She completed her regional fellowship at Johns Hopkins, residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a combined MD-PhD program at Thomas Jefferson University with her doctorate in neuroscience studying opioid use disorder and PTSD. Her grant-funded research focuses on optimization of perioperative pain management in patients with opioid use disorder with an emphasis on improving postoperative opioid tapering while maintaining their medication assisted treatments. She is a longstanding ASRA Pain Medicine member with leadership roles in the resident section committee, social media team, ASRA Pain Medicine News committee, and is the founding chair of the Resident and Medical Student Education SIG.

Dr. Rebecca Johnson


Rebecca Johnson, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN. She is fellowship-trained in regional anesthesia and acute pain management. Additionally, she has received a Postdoctoral Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science and was selected as a Health Care Delivery Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. She uses health care delivery research methods to study outcomes following total joint arthroplasty focusing on multimodal and regional anesthesia use within enhanced recovery protocols. She is the chair of #ASRASPRING22.

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 served as Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Kalagara holds certifications in perioperative echocardiography and critical care echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE). Dr. Kalagara is currently working as an assistant professor in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic with special interest in regional anesthesia and POCUS. He is currently the Chair of ASRA Pain Medicine POCUS Courses.

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 (UVA) 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 and won The Faculty Teacher of the Year Award after his first year at The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kim is involved in resident/fellow education and clinical research.



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. Sree Kolli


Sree Kolli, MD, EDRA, is a regional anesthesiologist and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) enthusiast. Dr. Kolli trained at the Cleveland Clinic for his anesthesia residency and fellowship in acute pain and regional anesthesia. He completed training in the United Kingdom and attained European Diploma in Regional Anesthesia from the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy in 2011. Dr. Kolli is the organizer and primary activity director for the Cleveland Clinic's Cadaver Regional Anesthesia & POCUS Workshops and the Chronic Pain Ultrasound Workshops at the Pain Management Symposium. He is currently the associate program director for the regional anesthesia fellowship program at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Alan Macfarlane


Alan Macfarlane, BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), MRCP, FRCA, EDRA, undertook his anaesthetic training in the West of Scotland, concluding with a year-long fellowship in regional anaesthesia at Toronto Western Hospital in 2008. He returned to Glasgow to take up a consultant post in 2009 where he is a full-time clinician, as well as an Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow. He is currently President of Regional Anaesthesia UK (RA-UK). Alan is also an editor for British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) Education, on the associate editorial board of the BJA, and represents RA-UK at the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia. He is a member of the regional anesthesia scientific subcommittee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology, on the board of the European Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia, and sits on the council of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia representing RA-UK. Alan is interested in regional anesthesia and outcomes, has published widely in the field, and continues to be involved in research particularly with regard to regional anesthesia and arteriovenous fistula outcomes. He has organized regional anesthesia meetings locally, nationally, and internationally and has demonstrated at workshops and lectured worldwide. 

Dr. Ed Mariano


Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS, FASA, 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. He has developed techniques and patient care pathways to improve postoperative pain control, patient safety, and other outcomes and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is President-Elect of the California Society of Anesthesiologists and has held leadership positions in the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and multiple journals. He is a recipient of the Veterans Health Administration’s John D. Chase Award for Physician Executives Excellence and has worked on key national healthcare initiatives in the U.S. including the accreditation of regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowships, pain management guidelines and hospital-based standards, development of quality and cost measures in perioperative care, and the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.

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 of ASRA Pain Medicine. He 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. Bridget Pulos


Bridget Pulos, MD, is a regional anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She graduated from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and completed medical school, anesthesiology residency, and regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Her interests include resident education, ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, and the impact of regional anesthesia on perioperative outcomes. Dr. Pulos is also the Program Director for the RAAPM Fellowship at Mayo Rochester. 

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 Pain Medicine and the ASA.

Dr. Vishal Uppal


Vishal Uppal, MBBS, MSc, FRCA, is an associate professor and director of the Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Dalhousie University, Halifax. He is also the vice-chair of the Canadian Anaesthesiologists Society (CAS) Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain section. His clinical experience and content expertise are in regional anesthesia, acute pain, obstetric anaesthesia, and evidence synthesis. He completed medical school in India, followed by an anesthesia residency and research fellowship at Glasgow University, UK, and a regional anesthesia fellowship from the University of Western Ontario. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He was recognized as one of the top reviewers by the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia in 2020. Currently, he serves as an associate editor of the Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine journal.

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 Pain Medicine Website & 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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