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Jaime L. Baratta, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology and director of regional anesthesia as well as director of the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College.  After serving five years as a Medical Officer in the United States Navy, she completed her residency and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University.  She will be the chair of the 2020 Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting. Her interests include analgesia for total joint arthroplasty and opioid safety and education.  Outside of the operating room, she enjoys traveling the world, food and wine, and cheering on the Penn State Nittany Lions.


Chad Brummett, MD, is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan since 2007 where he is the director of Pain Research and more broadly the director of Clinical Anesthesia Research. He is also the associate chair for Faculty Affairs and serves on the editorial boards for Anesthesiology and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. His research interests include predictors of acute and chronic post-surgical pain and failure to derive benefit for interventions for interventions and surgeries done primarily for pain. In particular, Chad is interested in the impact of a fibromyalgia-like or centralized pain phenotype on analgesic outcomes. He is the co-PI of two NIH RO1 grants studying these concepts, which will provide a mechanistic rationale for appropriate patients selection for surgeries and personalized pain treatment plans. In addition, Chad and his team study chronic opioid use in the perioperative period and in the pain clinic, including the impact of preoperative opioid use on cost, morbidity, and 30-day readmission.


Lisa Chan, MD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX.  Previously, she was director of Pediatric Regional Anesthesia and Pediatric Clinical Informatics at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL.  In addition to being on the #ASRASpring17 social media team, she is co-chair of the social media committee of the Society of Technology in Anesthesia and tweeted throughout that conference in January.  At the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), she sits on the Communications and the Electronic Media and Information Technology committees, and is also proudly active in the ASA PAC.  In addition, she is pursuing a masters in health informatics from the University of Illinois-Chicago, with an interest in social media and mobile application use in improving healthcare in children.  Her interests include pediatric regional anesthesia, pediatric postoperative pain management and education, and exploring healthcare communication through digital media platforms.  


Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE, is an assistant professor in the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania. He is the director of the section of Orthopedic and Regional Anesthesiology. Nabil completed his anesthesia residency training in Cleveland Clinic and did his regional anesthesia training in the University of Florida. He earned a master degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in December 2012 from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interest focuses on patients’ outcomes after regional anesthesia. He is currently the editor of the ASRA News.


Roland Flores, MD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver, Colorado and was most recently faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  He is an active member of the regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine team, and his clinical interests include the acute pain management of transplant patients, perioperative transesophageal echocardiography, and anesthesia for oncologic surgeries.  He is active in both Colorado and national political advocacy.  When he’s not rounding on the pain service or in the operating room, he’s spending time with his wife and kids, enjoying the Rocky Mountains, or cheering on the University of Denver Pioneers lacrosse team.


Rajnish Gupta, MD, is an assistant professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University.  In addition to clinical work in anesthesia and acute pain management, Raj spends a significant amount of time teaching trainees.  His research interests include work as Co-Investigator on a NIH funded study evaluating the impact of endogenous opioid activity on variable responses to morphine.  Raj has a passion for innovation and has developed several smart-phone based apps for ASRA and other medical organizations.



Kellie Jaremko received her PhD in neuroscience from Thomas Jefferson University and her MD from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. She will begin her anesthesiology residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital July 2017 and is currently completing her internal medicine internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. Kellie is pursuing an academic career with research in the field of pain, addiction, and perioperative anesthesia optimization at the basic and clinical level. She is passionate about science outreach and education, including a recurring interdisciplinary twitter chat for students and experts in neuroscience (#NeuroNewsNight). Traveling, yoga, zoos, and being an avid sports fan occupy her free time. 


Edward Mariano, MD, MAS, describes himself as an "anesthesiologist, husband, dad. I'm into improving patient experience & outcomes, medicine, , , , ." Ed is a professor of  Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service, 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 serves as a member of the ASRA Board of Directors.


Colin McCartney, MBChB, PhD, is professor and chair of Anesthesiology at University of Ottawa and Head of Anesthesiology at The Ottawa Hospital. 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.


Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC, is an associate professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Toronto, director of the Clinical Regional Anesthesia Program at Toronto Western Hospital, and a member of the ASRA Board of Directors. She is also this year's chair of the Scientific/Educational Planning Committee. Anahi's research interests focus on the development of innovative applications of ultrasound imaging to improve anesthesia patient safety.  Her two primary areas of contribution have been in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and gastric ultrasound.


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. #anesthesia #FOAMed


Eric S. Schwenk, MD, is a regional anesthesiologist, assistant professor of anesthesiology, and director of orthopedic anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. His interests include anesthesia for total joint arthroplasty and analgesic alternatives to opioids. He is currently a member of the Website and Social Media Subcommittee of ASRA. Outside of medicine he enjoys playing the drums for a punk/ska band and rooting for the North Carolina Tar Heels.


Brian Sites, MD, MS, has dedicated the bulk of his academic and research focus to the advancement of delivering high quality and safe regional anesthesia.  Brian is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Orthopedics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He also developed and directs the DHMC Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship program.  Brian is also Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education at DHMC. After being heavily involved in creating the ASRA/ESRA recommended credentialing criteria in regional anesthesia with ultrasound guidance, he defined the credentialing requirements for DHMC. Brian has authored more than 70 publications on regional anesthesia and sonopathology and developed numerous educational videos. He is the Regional Anesthesiology Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor for the Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He has spoken nationally and internationally over 100 times and is considered an international authority on ultrasound guided regional anesthesia.

Smile for the Camera!

#ASRASpring17 promises to be one of the biggest and best ASRA meetings ever, and we want to see who is joining us in San Francisco. Just take a picture of yourself or your team that will be attending #ASRASpring17 and post it on Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to tag your photos with #ASRASpring17.

Everyone who tweets or posts on Instagram a photo tagged with #ASRASpring17 will be entered into our drawing to receive valuable ASRA prizes such as free registration and hotel vouchers.

Just a few rules:

  • You have to be an ASRA member or a meeting registrant to be entered into the drawing.
  • You have to tag your photo with #ASRASpring17 (so we are sure to see it)
  • The contest runs until Saturday April 8, 2017, at 10 pm.
  • Randomly chosen winners will be announced the week of April 17.


Check out these great prizes:

  • Free registration to the World Congress 2018 in NYC plus $100 Marriott Marquis hotel gift card/voucher.
  • Free registration to the ASRA-ASA Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Education Portfolio Cadaver Course in Chicago (can be used in 2017 or 2018) plus $100 Hyatt Regency hotel gift card/voucher.
  • Free registration to the PoCUS course in 2018 plus a very generous Omni Hotel gift card/voucher.