Persistent Perioperative Pain Symposium



Faculty disclosure coming soon.

Planning Committee

Hesham Elsharkawy, MD, MBA, MSc, FASA; Meeting Chair

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD

Hance Clarke, MD, PhD

Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS

Samer Narouze, MD, PhD; ex-officio, ASRA president


Full list coming soon.


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Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care, program director for the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship, and section chief of Pain Management Services at the University of Chicago Medicine. An accomplished national and international educator and author of numerous textbook chapters and scientific papers, Dr. Anitescu focuses her research on improving quality of life of patients with acute, chronic, and cancer pain by multimodal, multifaceted variate interventions.

Dr. Hance Clarke

Hance Clarke, MD, PhD, is the director of pain services and the pain research unit at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH). He is the Knowledge Translation Chair for the University of Toronto Centre For the Study of Pain and an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Clarke has played a leading role in educating the public about pain control, alternatives to opioids, and the need for further studies on the beneficial and adverse effects of cannabis. He is a champion of evidence-based solutions for the opioid crisis and an advocate for a national pain and addictions strategy. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to speak on pain control, cannabis, and the opioid crisis to the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada, and elsewhere around the world.


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. Elksharkawy 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. 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 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, diversity and inclusion, wellness, obesity, and ultrasound. 

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