Special events

Hospital Visits

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 • Times/locations vary • $75 fee includes transportation, lunch, and tour • Space is limited

Spend a day at a major medical center in New York City.  Network with prominent specialists in anesthesiology, observe them in action, and discuss cases with them.  Clinical settings will include operating rooms and recovery rooms and may also include emergency rooms and intensive care units.  Registration for this program is restricted due to space limitations and internal in-hospital administrative protocols. Learn more.


Gaston Labat Award Lecture: New Perspectives in Regional Anesthesia

Thursday, April 19, 2018 • 4:14-5 pm • Broadway North (6th Floor)

We are proud to present Alain Borgeat, MD, who has been selected to deliver the 2018 Gaston P. Labat Lecture, "New Perspectives in Regional Anesthesia." 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.  


Opening Ceremony

Thursday • 5-5:45 pm • Broadway North (6th Floor) (overflow seating in Broadway South)

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. Dr. Chan will present Gregory A. Liguori, MD, with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Liguori is  anesthesiologist-in-chief at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and clinical professor in anesthesiology at Weill Cornell. Special recognition will also be given to Mary Hargett, director of education and clinical initiatives for the Department of Anesthesiology at HSS.


Wine and Bubbly Networking Reception

Thursday • 5:45-7 pm • Exhibit Hall (5th floor) • Free to all attendees • Guest tickets: $50  21 years and over only

Cap off day one of the meeting with some wine or bubbly while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres with friends, colleagues, and exhibitors. This is your first chance to discover the exhibit hall and its vast array of products and services. View last year’s photo album.


ASRA Photo Booth: Professional Headshots

Thursday through Saturday • Exhibit Hall opening hours (5th floor)

Everyone needs a professional headshot at some point in their career and this booth will provide attendees an efficient and convenient medium to have theirs taken and emailed directly to them. This is sure to be one of the hottest locations in the exhibit hall!


New Member Meet and Greet

Friday • 9:30-10:15 am • Exhibit Hall Chat Room (5th floor)

If you're a new member of ASRA, don't miss this opportunity to meet other new members and ASRA leaders. Network and make some new friends while asking your questions and learning more about your ASRA benefits and how to make the most of your membership. New ASRA members can also pick up a small welcome gift!


PA, Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Meet and Greet 

Friday • 2:45-3:30 pm • Exhibit Hall Chat Room (5th floor)

Get a head start on the following day’s dedicated program by meeting with fellow PA, NP, and Nursing colleagues. The chat room located in the exhibit hall will be the meeting point for a snack and a chat.


Resident/Fellow and Fellowship Directors Meet and Greet

Friday • 5:15-6:30 pm • 16th Floor Sky Lobby • Free to all residents and fellows; no registration required

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a beverage while networking with fellow trainees and fellowship directors.


ASRA...Live From Times Square!

Friday • 8 pm-12:30 am • Connolly's Pub and Bar at Times Square Free with ASRA badge • Space is limited

ASRA's got talent! Join in this informal evening of music and collegiality with ASRA member bands Four 5 (Dan Richman),  WC Punks (Eric Schwenk), Punch for Zero (Amitabh Gulati) and Big Apple Blues (Admir Hadzic). Free ASRA-hosted entry for World Congress attendees and guests—just show your badge at the door (guests must be accompanied by an ASRA attendee). Food and beverage is at your own expense.


World Congress Closing Celebration 
Overlooking Times Square

Saturday • 7:00-10:00 pm • 8th Floor Lounge • Tickets: $65 member, $80 non-member, $45 children 9 and under

Ask anyone who attended last year’s bash, ASRA’s closing parties are not-to-be-missed evenings of food, friends, and fun! 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! Ticket prices include food, open bar, and entertainment.

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