Fellowship directory

Physicians applying for a fellowship program in regional anesthesiology/acute pain medicine must be currently enrolled in, or have completed, an accredited anesthesiology residency program. Each individual program may have additional requirements such as medical licensing. The information published here has been supplied by the individual institutions. Please check back frequently for updates. Programs with an asterisk behind the title indicate they are part of the SF Match Program. 



Duration of Fellowship: One year

Core Related Specialty: Anesthesiology; Pain Management

Fellowship in The Match®? Yes

Application Deadline: Per Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®)/National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®)

Number of Positions Available: 4

Salary: $66,021.12

Multidisciplinary pain fellowship.

Program Director
Maria Torres, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Phone: 312-864-3222
Email: mtorres4@cookcountyhhs.org

Associate Program Director
Taruna Penmetcha, MD
Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 312-864-3221
Email: tpenmetcha@cookcountyhhs.org

All applications to this program are to be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).
Apply here. 

Applicant Interview Timeframe: February-May

Sponsored visas are offered for international applicants.

  • Specialty: Chronic Pain
  • Duration:1 year
  • Start Year:
  • Positions:4
  • Deadline: Per Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®)/National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®)
  • Salary: $66,021.12
  • Contact Person: Kaitlynn Delvalle Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator
  • Email: Kaitlynn.delvalle@cookcountyhhs.org
  • Phone: 312-864-1905
  • Facility:
  • Address:
  • 1901 W. Harrison Street
  • First Floor, Clinic B
  • Chicago
  • Illinois 60612
  • Telephone: 312-864-3222
  • Website: https://cookcountyhealth.org/education-research/fellowship-programs/pain-medicine/
  • Director: Maria Torres, MD
  • Other affiliated faculty:
    • Azzam Alkhudari, MD
    • Abed Rahman, MD
    • Gunar Subieta, MD
    • Rhamsis Ghaly, MD
    • Steve Clar, MD
    • Linda Strozdas, MD
    • Orland Mackie, MD
    • Reena Ghode, MD
  • Participating hospitals:
    • Stroger Hospital of Cook County
    • Cook County Health

The ACGME-accredited Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine (RAAPM) Fellowship is a collaboration between two of the main teaching centers at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University: Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (LCH).  During this 12-month fellowship, fellows become experts in the theory and practice of regional anesthesiology through the enthusiastic teaching and mentorship from our dedicated faculty, a robust clinical experience in adults and children, and an in-depth didactic program.

Program Objectives:

The RAAPM Fellowship Program at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University is designed to train future leaders in clinical care and academic scholarship within the subspecialty of Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine. 

At the completion of the fellowship program, graduates will be able to:

  • Devise and execute regional anesthetic plans for healthy and medically complex adult and pediatric patients presenting for various types of surgery, including, but not limited to, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, breast surgery, general surgery, thoracic surgery, etc.
  • Recognize and treat complications of regional anesthetic techniques and acute pain management, including hemorrhagic, infectious, neurological, and pharmacological complications.
  • Devise and execute an acute pain management plan for healthy and medically complex adult and pediatric patients experiencing surgical and non-surgical acute pain and acute-on-chronic pain.
  • Exhibit their expertise in the utilization of ultrasound-guidance for the performance of routine and advanced peripheral nerve blocks in patients with normal and complex anatomy.
  • Apply advanced anatomical, physiological, and pharmacological knowledge to the practice of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine.
  • Effectively communicate a regional anesthetic or acute pain management plan to patients with procedural alternatives
  • Organize and manage an efficient regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine service.
  • Effectively supervise and teach trainees in the practice of regional anesthetic and acute pain management procedures.
  • Execute a quality improvement project
  • Present scholarly work at a national society meeting such as ASA or ASRA.

For more information and application instructions, please visit https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/anesthesiology/education/fellows/regional/index.html.

  • Specialty:Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia
  • Duration:12 months
  • Start Year:
  • Positions:2
  • Deadline: Please Check the Fellowship site for additional information
  • Salary: Please Check the Fellowship site for additional information
  • Contact Person: Sean Lynge Education Coordinator, Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
  • Email: sean.lynge@nm.org
  • Phone: 312.695.5395
  • Facility:
  • Address:
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology
  • 251 E. Huron, F5-704
  • Chicago
  • Illinois 60611
  • Telephone: 312.695.5395
  • Website: https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/anesthesiology/education/fellows/regional/index.html
  • Director: Jessica Weeks, MD
  • Other affiliated faculty:
      • Ryan Marcelino, MD (Assoc. Program Director)
      • Yogen Asher, MD
      • Nicholas Burjek, MD
      • Liting Chen, MD
      • Brian Chung, MD
      • Alexander DeLeon, MD
      • Vicente Garcia-Tomas, MD
      • Jacob Heninger, DO
      • Ben Johnson, MD
      • Paul Johnson, MD
      • Eric Kamenetsky, MD
      • David Krodel, MD, MS
      • Alina Lazar, MD
      • Sarah MacLyman, MD
      • Antoun Nader, MD
      • Mitchell Phillips, MD
      • Ravi Shah, MD
      • Luminita Tureanu, MD
      • Angelica Vargas, MD

  • Participating hospitals:
    • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    • Anne & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Rush University Medical Center offers a formal 12-month fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine. This unique experience offers comprehensive perioperative pain management using a full spectrum of techniques via neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks and catheters. In addition, there will be a novel ‘transitional pain service’ which bridges the gap between acute and chronic pain management. Fellows will complete this formal 12-month fellowship at Rush University Medical Center and satellite locations (One free-standing multidisciplinary surgery center and one brand new 8-OR Orthopedic-focused surgery center).

Fellowship rotations will involve managing multimodal analgesia, neuraxial and peripheral nerve catheters, local anesthetics and narcotic infusion, as well as non-narcotic analgesic adjuvants with emphasis on indications, contraindications, side effects, potential complications and daily management of patients on the Acute Pain Service. Implementation of the newest truncal and abdominal ultrasound-guided nerve blocks will be conducted at the main Rush University Medical Center. In addition, the fellow will be involved with two high-volume surgery centers, allowing them to experience the full gambit of placing highly technical and complex peripheral nerve catheters as well as fast-paced same-day-surgery regional practices.    

Several months will be spent learning how to implement and run a ‘transitional pain service.’ This unique opportunity (there are few such programs in the country) allows the continuity in care for managing post-surgical patients who have persistent pain longer than expected, and will involve interacting with a multidisciplinary team of health care providers including multiple national- and internationally recognized faculty. The fellow may have the opportunity to participate in the largest NIH-funded study of acute to chronic pain after surgery.

A scheduled didactic and workshop curriculum will be implemented throughout the year. The fellow will both receive and educate trainees via organized lectures, journal clubs and grand rounds. We currently provide a full regional and cadaver workshop for our residents 2 times per year in which the fellow will play an integral role in both preparing and teaching residents. The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in dissection with a world renowned anatomist.  Fellows will participate in bench and/or clinical research with protected academic time and granted attendance to present at national meetings, such as the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

Rush University Medical Center will be conducting web-based interviews for regional fellowship in mid to late April through July.

  • All candidates must obtain a Permanent Illinois Medical License and have passed USMLE Step 3 prior to starting fellowship
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • 1-page essay describing your interest in our fellowship.
  • Copy of medical school diploma.
  • Copy of medical school transcript.
  • Copy of USMLE scores.
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable).
  • Professional passport-sized photograph.
  • Dean’s letter
  • Letter of recommendation from three faculty members with contact information

Please e-mail the completed application and all documentation by ASAP directly to:

Contact person: Theresa M. Orozco, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: anesthesia_interview@rush.edu

This program uses the common application. Submit the completed application directly to the individual Fellowship Program. 

Apply here


  • Specialty:Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia
  • Duration:12 months
  • Start Year:
  • Positions:1
  • Facility:
  • Address:
  • Department of Anesthesiology, 1653 W. Congress Parkway, 739 Jelke
  • Chicago
  • Illinois 60612
  • Telephone: (312) 942-3134
  • Website: https://www.rushu.rush.edu/rush-medical-college/departments/anesthesiology
  • Director: Neal Mehta, MD
  • Other affiliated faculty:
  • Asokumar Buvanendran, MD

    Parag Patel, MD

    Nick Patonai, MD

    Pete Pelletier, MD

    Margaret Griesemer, DO

  • Participating hospitals:

The University of Chicago Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Program

The dream place for the innovative, enthusiastic, hard working pain fellow.

Who are we:

  • 2020 Pain Fellowship of Excellence (AAPM)
  • Unique integrative clinical education with rotations (14 weeks) in palliative care, neurology, psychiatry, radiology, PMR, elective
  • Forefront of interventional pain medicine introducing novel and innovative techniques yearly to clinical practice
  • Unique cancer pain experience with close collaborations with oncology, hematology, and palliative, and unique programs on cementoplasty/kyphoplasty
  • Multiple research opportunities and scholarly activities 
  • An educational system designed to perfect fellows education
  • An extensive and detailed alumni network: The U of C Pain Medicine Family
  • Best Colleagues and Mentors one fellow starting out in her/his career can have

We are here for you: manitescu@dacc.uchicago.edu; delmofty@dacc.uchicago.edu

  • Specialty: Chronic Pain
  • Duration:
  • Start Year:
  • Positions:2
  • Facility:
  • Address:
  • 5841 S. Maryland Avenue
  • Chicago
  • Illinois 60637
  • Telephone: 773.702.6700
  • Website: https://anesthesia.uchicago.edu/education/pain-management-fellowship
  • Director: Magdalena Anitescu
  • Other affiliated faculty:
  • Participating hospitals:
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University of Illinois at Chicago Program
  • Specialty: Chronic Pain
  • Duration:
  • Start Year:
  • Positions:1
  • Deadline:
  • Salary:
  • Contact Person: Anitra Harvey Fellowship Coordinator
  • Email: lmccool@uic.edu
  • Phone: 312-996-4020
  • Facility:
  • Address:
  • 3200W UIH, MC 515
  • Chicago
  • Illinois 60607
  • Telephone: 312-996-4020
  • Website: https://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/departments/academic-departments/anesthesiology/residency/fellowship-training/
  • Director: Gina Votta-Velis MD, PhD
  • Other affiliated faculty:
  • Participating hospitals:

University of Illinois at Chicago offers a 12-month ACGME-accredited fellowship in Regional Anesthesia. The fellowship offers extensive experience in performing regional anesthesia techniques and managing patients who undergo regional procedures. Multiple faculty members with diverse experiences offer a high level of clinical training. Our department consists of supportive and engaged colleagues who seek to maximize the fellows’ professional growth during their year of training with us.

Fellows will rotate through Regional Anesthesia, Acute Pain Service, and Chronic Pain rotations during their fellowship. They will perform a high volume of blocks, which include a wide variety single-shot blocks (such as supraclavicular, interscalene, femoral, PENG, popliteal), neuraxial procedures (including combined spinal-epidurals, thoracic epidurals, and continuous nerve catheters. We seek to incorporate newer truncal techniques into our service, such as erector spinae, TAP, QL blocks. Fellows also manage patients with epidural and peripheral nerve catheters as part of the Acute Pain Service.

Furthermore, with the opening of the new Specialty Care Building (SCB), fellows will now have experience in a high throughput regional anesthesia outpatient surgical center. As the year progresses, fellows gain increasing independence and the focus shifting more towards supervision of residents and trainees and organizing / running the Acute Pain Service. As an ACGME-accredited fellowship, we follow guidelines for training as stated on the ACGME website.

There is a strong scholarly focus at our program with fellowship participation in journal clubs, case conference, and grand rounds. Active participation and presentation in national meetings, such as those put on by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), is facilitated by faculty members.

Fellows may choose to spend time moonlighting as an attending in the Main OR supervising residents and CRNAs for general anesthesiology cases. This experience, for fellows who choose it, aids in growth as a physician in a supportive environment.

At the completion of our program, graduating fellows will be able to:

  • Master a wide range of regional procedures, including continuous nerve blocks and epidural catheters
  • Manage an Acute Pain Service, which includes rounding and optimizing management of patients with epidural and peripheral nerve catheters
  • Demonstrate excellent skills in patient safety and communication to manage a Regional Anesthesia service to perform procedures safely and efficiently
  • Practice evidence-based medicine to integrate new concepts and technologies into practice of Regional Anesthesia
  • Practice in a multi-disciplinary setting and work with other anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, other medical professionals, operating room managers, and hospital administrators.

Starting with the 2024 – 2025 Fellowship year, we will be participating in the national RAAPM match through SFMATCH (www.sfmatch.org).

Applications will be accepted starting from January 9, 2023.

Any questions may be directed to the Fellowship Director, Dr. Christopher Chiang, MD, cchiang@uic.edu


  • Specialty:Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia
  • Duration:12 months
  • Start Year:
  • Positions:1
  • Deadline: 7/31/2015
  • Salary: PGY-5 base plus call incentives
  • Contact Person: Michelle Lopez Nunez Fellowship Coordinator
  • Email: mlopez96@uic.edu
  • Phone: (312) 996-4021
  • Facility:
  • Address:
  • Department of Anesthesiology
  • 1740 W. Taylor St, 3200W UIH M/C515
  • Chicago
  • Illinois 60612-7239
  • Telephone: (312) 996-4020
  • Website: https://www.uic.edu/
  • Director: Christopher Chiang, MD
  • Other affiliated faculty:
  • Christopher Chiang, MD
    Stephan Cohn, MD
    Richard Marks, MD
    Amanda Park, MD
    Polina Voronov, MD

  • Participating hospitals:
    • University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital