Lauren Steffel Receives 2016 Resident/Fellow of the Year Award

Mar 4, 2016

Dr. Lauren Steffel has been named 2016 Resident/Fellow of the Year by ASRA.  Dr. Steffel is a fourth year (CA-3) Stanford anesthesiology resident. She earned her MD at Harvard Medical School and completed her internship at Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Steffel has been involved in several research projects that have led to publications, including “Retrospective comparison of ‘single’ and ‘double’ transversus abdominis plane blocks for intraoperative anesthesia in open unilateral inguinal hernia repair,” the abstract of which she presented at ASRA's 40th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting in 2015.  The manuscript was recently published online ahead of print in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.   She also actively participated in a research project of the "air test" catheter tip localization by a novice regional anesthesiologist with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, which was presented at a 2014 ASRA meeting  and also published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine

This year at the ASRA 41st Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Meeting, Dr. Steffel will be presenting a poster presentation on her most recent resident project, entitled "Randomized comparison of popliteal-sciatic perineural catheter tip migration and dislocation in a cadaver model using two catheter designs," which has also been submitted for publication. 

In his nomination letter, Dr. Edward Mariano, MD, MAS, chief of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, wrote, "Lauren is as well-rounded as they come.” Among her many interests and accomplishments: she is fluent in German, has eight years of chamber music and orchestra experience as a harpist, is a former varsity collegiate swimmer and has traveled outside the country five times in the past year, including three global health trips to Guatemala, Rwanda, and Vietnam.

“She is incredibly hard-working, eager to learn, and enthusiastic, and I am confident that she will accomplish great things in her career,” Mariano wrote.

ASRA’s Resident/Fellow of the Year Award is given annually to a resident or fellow member of ASRA who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to regional anesthesia or pain medicine; has contributed to the advancement of the profession, welfare of residents, or quality of residency education; serves as a role model and mentor to his or her peers; and embodies the values of ASRA.

Dr. Steffel will be going to Virginia Mason Medical Center to do her regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowship.