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Scientific/Education Planning Committee

Timur J.P. Ozelsel, MD, DESA; University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


Derek Dillane, MB BCh, FCARCSI; University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada
Carlo Franco, MD; JHS Hospital Cook County/Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Stuart Grant, MB, ChB, MMCI; Duke University, Durham, NC
Andrew T. Gray, MD, PhD; University of California, San Francisco, CA
Jean-Louis Horn, MD; Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Vivian Ip, MB, ChB, FRCA; University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada
Antoun M. Nader, MD; Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Timur J.P. Ozelsel, MD, DESA; University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Francis Salinas, MD; U.S. Anesthesia Partners, Seattle, WA
Rakesh Sondekoppam, MD; University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Associate Faculty

Adam Amundson, MD; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MI
Sara Cheung, MD; Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong, China
Sean Dobson, MD, PhD; Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
Rahul Guha, MD; University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Hari Kalagara, MD; University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Carole Lin, MD; Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Daniel Maalouf, MD, MPH; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Tariq Malik, MD; The University of Chicago, IL 
Janice Man, MD; Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Neal Mehta, MD; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Mastoora Nasiri, MD; Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, CA
Luminita Tureanu, MD, FRCPC; Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Vishal Uppal, MBBS, FRCA; Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Ophilia Ziwenga, MBChB, FRCA, FCARCSI; University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Adam Amundson, MD, attended residency and fellowship in regional anesthesia at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. As a Mayo Clinic anesthesiology consultant, his educational interests involve point-of-care ultrasound, research in regional anesthesia, and orthopedic perioperative surgical home improvements. He is very active in resident and fellow regional anesthesia education and teaching ultrasound-guided workshops at ASRA and American Society of Anesthesiology meetings. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two boys, and a new baby girl. [back to top]

Sara Suk Kwan Cheung, MBBS, is an associate consultant in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Hong Kong. Graduating from the University of Hong Kong in 2004, she became a fellow of the Hong Kong College of Anesthesiologists in 2011. In 2014, she completed a regional anesthesia fellowship program at the University of Alberta, during which she acquired a lot of experience on peripheral and neuraxial blocks. She authored and co-authored a few book chapters and peer-reviewed letters on regional anesthesia. Apart from being the associate faculty for the ASRA UGRA cadaver course, she has also instructed in the local workshops and annual scientific meetings, as well as the International Symposium on Spine and Paravertebral Sonography. [back to top]

Derek Dillane, MB BCh, FCARCSI, is an associate professor at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Cananda, where he completed a clinical and research fellowship in regional anesthesia in 2006. His clinical research interests involve the use of ultrasound in regional anesthesia with a particular focus on education and training techniques. He has taught and led numerous ultrasound workshops in North America and internationally. He is a past chair of the Canadian Anesthesia Society Regional Anesthesia Section. [back to top]

Sean Dobson, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He completed his residency and fellowship in regional anesthesia at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He served in the United States Navy at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA, where he was the division officer of acute pain management assisting in the care of wounded warriors. He was deployed to Afghanistan as a forward resuscitative anesthesiologist in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was chosen by the anesthesiology residents at Wake Forest to receive the 2015 Golden Apple Teaching Award. [back to top]

Carlo Franco, MD, is the chairman of regional anesthesia at JHS Hospital of Cook County Chicago, IL, and professor of anesthesiology and anatomy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Franco received his degree in general surgery and anatomy from the University of Valparaiso in Chile. He immigrated to the USA in 1985 and served as visiting professor of anatomy at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, 1985-86 and 1988-89. Dr. Franco completed his anesthesiology residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit in Detroit, MI, 1990-94, and was recruited to Cook County Hospital of Chicago (now JHS Hospital of Cook County) by Dr. Alon Winnie in 1994. He has introduced some new anatomy-based nerve blocks. [back to top]

Stuart Grant, MBChB, MMCI, is a professor of anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, he has worked with residents and fellows at Duke University teaching reginal anesthesia for over 15 years. He has published over 50 papers and book chapters on regional anesthesia and authored a textbook on ultrasound guided regional anesthesia now on its second edition. He currently is investigating new technologies for analgesia including ultrasound guided peripheral nerve stimulation. [back to top]


Dr. Andrew Gray, MD, PhD, is a professor of clinical anesthesia at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs the regional anesthesia program at San Francisco General Hospital. He has written more than 20 articles and two textbooks on ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and now pursues investigations on safety and efficacy of new regional anesthetic techniques. [back to top]

Rahul Guha, MD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He completed his anesthesiology residency at University of Wisconsin in Madison and and regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowship at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. He is board certified in anesthesiology and internal medicine. [back to top]

Jean-Louis Horn, MD, is a professor and chief of the division of Regional Anesthesia at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, CA, where he actively pursues his endeavors in all aspects of the academic mission of the institution including the development of a productive clinical practice, innovative research projects, and original education curriculum. In order to promote better and safer regional anesthesia and acute pain practice, he is involved with many departmental, institutional, and national committees as well as teaching and mentoring student and colleagues locally, nationally, and internationally. [back to top]

Vivian Ip, MBChB, FRCA, is an associate clinical professor of anesthesia at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Canada. She is one of the leaders of the Fentanyl Crisis Campaign known as Doctors against Tragedies. She was previously the director of the Ambulatory Regional Anesthesia Program at the U of A Hospital. She received her anesthesia training in London, UK. Subsequently, she undertook two fellowships in Canada: regional anesthesia and acute pain management and ambulatory anesthesia. She previously served in the ASRA Research Committee, and is currently the associate editor, regional anesthesia, for the ASRA Newsletter Committee. She is also active in research and her research interests include regional nerve block catheters, airway, and green anesthesia. [back to top]

Hari Kalagara, MD; is passionate about regional anesthesia and has completed a regional anesthesia fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He has attained European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) by the European Society of Regional Anesthesia, and was awarded as the ASRA resident/fellow of the year for 2017. Dr. Kalagara organizes and serves as primary activity director for the cadaveric regional anesthesia ultrasound workshops held at Cleveland Clinic. He is convinced of the benefits of regional anesthesia for pain relief for various surgical procedures and always tries to incorporate regional anesthesia for patient care. Dr. Kalagara is currently working as assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with special interest in regional anesthesia. [back to top]

 Carole Lin MD, attended residency at UCLA in California and completed her pediatric fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts. Dr. Lin has been faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital; Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX; and Connecticut Children’s Hospital in Hartford, CT. She is currently an assistant professor for the department of anesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University, CA.  Currently, she is also in the pediatric regional fellowship at Stanford. Dr. Lin is fortunate to be learning anesthesia from Dr. Chi-Ho Ban Tsui, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. Outside of work, she has a great family that loves to travel and appreciates art. [back to top]

Daniel Maalouf, MD, MPH, is a board-certified assistant attending anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and a clinical assistant professor at Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. He completed his residency training in 2004 at New York University Medical Center and a fellowship in regional anesthesia at HSS. Following his training at HSS, Dr. Maalouf completed a three-month fellowship at Centre Clinical in Soyaux, France. Dr. Maalouf has been involved in clinical trials involving the use of UGRA since his fellowship. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and has presented abstracts and given lectures and workshops at National and International Anesthesia conferences. [back to top]

Tariq Malik, MD,
has a special interest in ultrasound guided injection for acute and chronic pain management. Dr. Malik has been teaching residents and fellows for more than a decade. [back to top]

Janice Man, MD, is currently a clinical instructor for the Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, and is board-certified in anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology. She completed her medical school education at the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; residency training at University of California, San Francisco; pediatric anesthesia fellowship training at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; and her pediatric regional anesthesia fellowship at Stanford. She received the Outstanding Research Award in Acute Pain at the Society of Pediatric Pain Medicine Annual Conference in 2016. Her interests include utilization of regional anesthesia and comprehensive multimodal analgesic protocols in the reduction of opioid consumption for acute pain in pediatric patients. [back to top]

Neal Mehta, MD; is a board-certified assistant professor of anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. After growing up in the Bay Area, California, he attended undergrad at UC San Diego followed by medical school at University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and regional anesthesiology fellowship at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. [back to top]

Antoun M. Nader, MD, is a professor in the department of anesthesiology and orthopedics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. He is the section chief for regional anesthesia and acute pain management at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the medical director for acute pain medicine. He is also the fellowship co-director for the adult and pediatric regional anesthesia and acute pain management fellowship at McGaw Medical center, Northwestern University. Dr. Nader is board certified in anesthesiology, with a subspecialty certification in pain management. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, ASRA, and the Association of University Anesthesiologists. With interests in neuroanesthesiology and pain management, he is engaged in numerous activities, including authorship, editorial work, grant review, lecturing for many societies. During his medical career in pain management, he has authored and coauthored more than 150 original peer-reviewed articles, editorials, reviews, books, commentaries, case reports, and technical notes. He is very involved in the development of institutional pathways for regional anesthesia and pain management protocols that have resulted in publications in major anesthesia journals. [back to top]

Mastoora Nasiri, MD, grew up in the bay area, California, and attended Stanford University for her undergraduate education. She left California for a short while to complete medical school in upstate New York. She returned from New York for residency, which she completed at the University of California, San Francisco in 2017. She most recently completed her fellowship in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine at Stanford this past summer, 2018. Currently she is faculty within Stanford’s department of anesthesiology. [back to top]

Timur J.P. Ozelsel, MD, DESA, the son of a Turkish father and a German mother, was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up in between the USA and Germany. All of his medical training as well as fellowships in ICU and cardiac anesthesia were completed in Germany before moving to Canada in 2007. Dr. Ozelsel is now enjoying a great practice in his two other fellowships, regional anesthesia and liver transplantation. He is happily married and father of three healthy and energetic children, all of whom are his main passion in life when he is not at work. [back to top]

Francis Salinas, MD, has been in private practice since 2015 after spending 17 years on the teaching faculty at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seatlle, WA. He is board certified in anesthesiology, internal medicine, and perioperative transesophageal electrocardiography. He was fortunate to learn regional anesthesia from the giants of the specialty, such as Dr. Gale Thompson, Dr. Manni Batra, Dr. Mike Mulroy, and Dr. Joseph Neal. Dr. Salinas believes that regional anesthesia provides tremendous perioperative benefits to patients in terms of improved analgesia, enhanced functional recovery, and contributes significantly to decreases in perioperative morbidity and even mortality. By providing state-of-the-art analgesia, anesthesiologists can truly contribute to the perioperative surgical home and clearly increase the visibility and importance as true perioperative physicians. [back to top]

Rakesh Sondekoppam, MD, is currently working as a faculty in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is an active member of the regional anesthesia and acute pain service team and continues to be involved in resident and fellow training at the University of Alberta Health Sciences. [back to top]

Luminita Tureanu, MD, FRCPC, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. She is board certified in anesthesiology and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Tureanu completed her anesthesiology residency and chronic pain fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and the regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowship at Western University, London, ON, Canada. Her interests include teaching evidence-based ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and multimodal analgesia to residents and fellows. [back to top]

Dr. Vishal Uppal, MBBS, FRCA, is assistant professor and director of the Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. He completed his anesthesia residency at Glasgow, UK, and his fellowship in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia from University of Western Ontario London, ON, in 2013. He has published on a broad range of topics in regional anesthesia including paravertebral blocks, spinal anesthesia, and technologies to improve needle visibility. He serves as a teaching faculty at numerous national and international ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia workshops. [back to top]

Ophillia Ziwenga, MBChB(Hons), FRCA, FCARCSI, is a staff anesthesiologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where they have a well-established acute pain and regional anesthesia group, of which she is an active member. In addition to regional anesthesia, Dr. Ziwenga is the clinical lead in patient safety in their anesthesiology and pain medicine department. She graduated from the University of Zimbabwe in 1997 and completed her training in anesthesia in the United Kingdom in 2007. Dr. Ziwenga joined the University of Alberta as a regional anesthesia fellow in 2008 and subsequently took up a staff anesthesiologist position the following year, 2009. Her time out of the operating room is spent on travelling, a “bit of exercise,” and figuring out and trying to make some “life prolonging” cuisines. [back to top]