#ASRASPRING19 Social Media






Stay connected before, during, and after the meeting by following the RA-Acute Pain Medicine Meeting Social Media Team.  

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Continue the conversation during specific session using these hashtags (be sure to include #ASRASPRING19 as well).






Jaime Baratta, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology and director of regional anesthesia as well as the 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 Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting.


Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Stanford University. He graduated medical school and received a PhD in bioengineering from Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany, including two years as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and he completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. His research interests include point-of-care ultrasonography (PoCUS), functional outcomes after surgery, innovative technologies and techniques in anesthesia. He currently serves on the ASRA Membership committee and chairs ASRA’s Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Special Interest Group.


Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE, is an associate professor in the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is the director of the sections of Regional and Orthopedic Anesthesiology and he is also the director of the regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowship. His research interest focuses on improving patients’ outcomes after regional anesthesia. He currently chairs the industry relation, and communication committees and he is a member of the board of directors of ASRA.


Roland Flores, MD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver, CO, and was most recently faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  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.


Jeffrey Gadsden, MD, FRCPC, FANZCA, is a staff anesthesiologist at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. He graduated with an MD in 1999 from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, Canada, and undertook training in anesthesiology at the University of Toronto and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Dr. Gadsden holds fellowships with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (anesthesia) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and he is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. After working in both Canada and Australia, he decided to return to the United States to focus on his teaching and research interests of ultrasound-guided nerve blockade, the monitoring of regional anesthesia, trauma, and education.


Ronald George, MD, is a professor of Women’s & Obstetrical Anesthesia with the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management, and Perioperative Medicine at Dalhousie University. He completed a research/clinical fellowship in Women’s & Obstetric Anesthesia at Duke Medical Center in North Carolina, USA. He is a CAS Career Scientist Award recipient aimed at enhancing analgesia and anesthesia for women and high-risk pregnancies. In addition, he plays an active role in the hospital community as an executive member of the Medical Staff Committee at the IWK Hospital and is the Unit Director for the Research and Innovation in Medicine Program at Dalhousie University. He is a past-Chair of the CAS Obstetric Anesthesia Section and currently  represents the CAS on the WFSA Obstetric Anesthesia Committee. Dr. George also sits on the Board of Directors for Kybele, a non-profit organization dedicated improving childbirth safety worldwide through educational partnerships.


Veena Graff, MD, MS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She has been active with ASRA since 2014 and currently is a member in the ASRA newsletter subcommittee. Dr. Graff's research focuses on the benefits and the implementation of music in the perioperative setting for patients undergoing surgery to improve the overall patient experience in a hospital setting. Her research also focuses on evaluating patient understanding and decision making with regional anesthesia and pain management therapies in the acute and chronic pain and perioperative settings. She is active in teaching opioid training lectures for practicing physicians on the hospital, state, and medical school level at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Graff is board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. She received her MS from Purdue University and her MD from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed both her anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT.


Stuart Grant, MD, trained in anaesthesia in Glasgow, Scotland, before taking an appointment at Duke University in 2002. Clinically specializes in regional anesthesia and published on the use of regional anesthesia in major joint, and ambulatory surgery. More recently he has been researching the use of neuromodulation in acute pain, and outcomes in anesthesia including the effect of regional anesthesia on cancer recurrence. Awarded Golden Apple for best teacher at Duke Medical School. Published his textbook “Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia” for Oxford University Press now in its second edition.


Rajnish Gupta, MD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  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.


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 Anesthesia (EDRA) by the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and was awarded 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. 


Kanupriya Kumar, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), and Anesthesiology Site Director at the HSS Manhattan Ambulatory Surgery Center. She completed her anesthesiology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a regional anesthesia fellowship at HSS. Previously, she organized and was director of the regional anesthesia program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Kumar has taught ultrasound-guided nerve blocks to residents, fellows, and other board-certified anesthesiologists at local and national meetings. She streamlined the regional anesthesia workflow at Johns Hopkins, creating efficiencies to decrease patient waiting time and OR throughput. She also actively contributes to the Department of Anesthesiology’s Research Division, investigating multimodal analgesia techniques to decrease the need for and reliance on opioid prescriptions for postoperative pain control. In addition to regional anesthesia, opioid research, and clinical pathway creation, she is interested in women leaders and mentorship, public health, and human rights.


Edward Mariano, MD, MAS, describes himself as an "anesthesiologist, husband, dad. I'm into improving patient experience & outcomes, medicine, , , , ." Dr. Mariano 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 director of the Stanford Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine.


Colin McCartney, MBChB, PhD, is a professor and chair of anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa and head of anesthesiology at the Ottawa Hospital, ON, Canada. He completed his anaesthesia and pain medicine training in Scotland before completing a regional anaesthesia and pain fellowship in Toronto in 2000. From 2000-2014, he was a faculty member at the University of Toronto and a staff anesthesiologist at Toronto Western Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals in relation to regional anaesthesia and pain medicine, is an editor of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and is an associate editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia and BMC Anesthesiology. In 2014, he completed a PhD at the 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.


Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, PhD, is a clinical professor of anesthesiology and public health at the Weill Cornell Medical College and an attending anesthesiologist and senior scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. He currently serves as the director of Critical Care Services at the same institution. His research interest lies in the study of perioperative outcomes of orthopedic patients. He has published widely on the topic and has recently focused on the role of regional anesthesia and its impact on perioperative outcomes. 


Jennifer Noerenberg, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who completed a fellowship in regional anesthesia and perioperative pain management at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.  She completed residency at the University of California, Davis.  She is an associate physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and works for the San Diego region.  Her interests include working to develop perioperative pain protocols for several types of surgical applications and developing tools to educate both patients and physicians of resources for multimodal and regional anesthesia techniques.  


Amit Pawa, MBBS, is a consultant anaesthetist at Guy's & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK where he is the lead for regional anaesthesia. He was the first chairman of the London Society of Regional Anaesthesia (LSORA) and is president-elect of Regional Anaesthesia-UK (RA-UK).  He currently serves as an RA-UK board member and an European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) council member. Dr. Pawa has the ESRA European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) and is extremely passionate about education in USRA. He has created a collection of videos which all reside on the LSORA YouTube channel. His subspecialist interest is regional anesthesia for breast.


Carlos Pino, MD, is the director of the Center for Pain Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. His favorite hashtags are   


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 Schwenk, MD, is a fellowship-trained regional anesthesiologist and acute pain physician and is very interested in outcomes related to regional anesthesia. His main focus right now is on the use of ketamine in refractory chronic migraine. Other topics he has worked on in the past include ketamine in the perioperative period, multimodal analgesia for orthopedic patients, and social media in medicine. He is a Christian and love all Philly sports teams and my North Carolina Tar Heels!


Ankeet D. Udani, MD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and assistant director of the Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center and Residency Program at Duke University. He completed his residency and fellowship at Stanford University as well as a Master’s in Education at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Udani has received over a quarter million dollars in extramural funding, published, and taught on various facets of anesthesia and medical education around the world. His expertise includes simulation-based medical education and implementation, education technology, and patient safety. He started the first Twitter-augmented journal club in anesthesiology #AnesJC and has partnered with ASRA on multiple occasions.