Special events

Thursday, April 19, 2018


4:15-5 pm: Gaston Labat Award Lecture: New Perspectives in Regional Anesthesia
We are proud to present Alain Borgeat, MD, who has been selected to deliver the 2018 Gaston P. Labat Lecture. Dr. Borgeat is a senior clinical and research consultant at Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, and a professor at the University of Zurich. The lecture is presented annually by an anesthesiologist who has fostered the art and science of regional anesthesia in the tradition of Gaston Labat.  

5-5:45 pm: Opening Ceremony
Join the 2018 World Congress on Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Scientific/Education Planning Committee Chair Vincent W.S. Chan, MD, FRCPC, as he officially opens this quadrennial meeting along with leaders from all five regional anesthesia and pain medicine societies.

5:45-7 pm: Wine and Bubbly Networking Reception and Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and networking with fellow attendees and exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall. This is your first chance to discover the exhibit hall and its vast array of products and services. Admittance is included in your meeting registration (guest tickets, $50).

Friday, April 20, 2018

2:45-3:30 pm: PA, NP, Nurse Program Meet and Greet (Exhibit Hall Chat Room)
Get a head start on the following day's dedicated program with fellow PA, NP, and nurse colleagues.  The ASRA Chat Room, located in the Exhibit Hall, will be the meeting point for a snack and networking.

5:15-6:30 pm: 
Resident/Fellow Fellowship Directors Meet and Greet (16th Floor Sky Lobby)
Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a beverage while networking with fellow trainees and fellowship directors. This event is free to all residents and fellows, no registration required.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

7-10 pm, World Congress Closing Celebration 
Overlooking Times Square
(8th Floor Lounge)
Cap off an epic meeting with a private event on the eighth floor of the New York Marriott Marquis overlooking the always vibrant and bustling Times Square. Enjoy delicious food, drinks, and dancing with ASRA friends, old and new. The Saturday Celebration is always memorable, and this year's promises to be bigger and better than ever! Tickets for are just $65 for members and their guests, $80 for nonmembers.