Special interest groups

Special interest groups exist to provide a subset of ASRA members the opportunity to organize for the purpose of sharing mutual interests in a specific area of regional anesthesiology, acute pain medicine, and/or chronic pain medicine.

Cancer Pain and Supportive Care

Developed to increase awareness of undertreated cancer pain; provide education on available treatments; improve patient outcomes, functional status, and quality of life; and advance translational research essential for the effective treatment of cancer pain.

Education in Regional Anesthesia

Develops and advances evidence-based educational best-practices in regional anesthesia training within the context of a competency-based educational model.

Functional Medicine for Anesthesiologists and Pain Practitioners

Increases awareness and education of anesthesiologists and pain practitioners about the basic science and clinical applications of functional medicine in the perioperative surgical home and pain management and improves patient outcomes through application of functional medicine principles as an integral part of the multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of pain and chronic illness.

Global Health and Regional Anesthesia

Supports education in regional anesthesia in low resources areas to improve the standard of anesthetic care and safety in underserved regions of the world in cooperation with continental societies of regional anesthesia and pain medicine (ESRA, LASRA, AFSRA, AOSRA).

Green Anesthesia

Aspires to improve practice to include considerations surrounding sustainability, reduction of waste and pollution and to develop regional anesthesia and pain medicine to be the first consideration when developing an anesthetic plan.


Allows pain management specialists to define and prioritize the education, practice, and research needs pertinent to a pain medicine practice.


Promotes the advancement of neuromodulation in the treatment of chronic pain and provides leadership in the responsible and safe use of neuromodulation therapies.

Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, and Clinical Nurse

Dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to patients requiring pain management, regional anesthesia, and palliative care and to advancing the role of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurses in the clinical setting. 

Pediatric Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management

Improves awareness of RA techniques and pain management among pediatric anesthesiologists and establishes best practice analgesic pathways for various pediatric surgical procedures.

Perioperative Medicine

Promote the highest quality patient-centered care by leading, educating, and innovating in perioperative medicine.

Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Allows regional anesthesiologists with an interest in perioperative ultrasound to advance the knowledge and expand the scientific body of perioperative point-of-care ultrasound aimed at improving the care of patients undergoing procedures involving regional anesthesia.

Regenerative Pain Medicine

Helps members understand the scientific basis of regeneration medicine and promote the development of evidence-based clinical applications to relieve chronic pain.

Regional Anesthesia for Cardiothoracic Enhanced Recovery (RACER) 

Committed to providing safe and effective regional anesthesia and analgesia to all eligible cardiac patients presenting for hemodynamic and pain management.

Resident and Medical Student Pain Education

Aspires to apply ASRA’s organizational expertise in education and training to substantially impact regional, acute and chronic pain management by widening our reach to medical students, non-pain practitioners, and inquisitive patients. 

Ultrasonography in Pain Medicine

Formed in response to the growing interest in the use of ultrasound-guided techniques in various pain management procedures.

Women in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Created to encourage recruitment and promote the contributions of women in regional anesthesiology and pain medicine; to provide networking opportunities and professional development support for women in pursuit of ASRA’s mission; and to recognize the achievements of women to the field and understand the unique challenges that face women in the profession.