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.



University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship - ACGME Accredited

One position available for 2022-2023  and 15 positions available for 2023-2024

Approximate Number of Cases:

Since FY19, the total number of blocks available at all sites to the Regional and Acute Pain fellows is over 42,000 which includes 4103 continuous nerve blocks and 8336 spinals. The regional anesthesia experience is divided amongst the sites to maximize the variety of experiences. For instance, UPMC Mercy and UPMC Presbyterian provides extensive experience in trauma and burns. UPMC Passavant provides extensive experience in paravertebral nerve blocks and lower extremity blocks. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh provides a pediatric site and the ambulatory sites provide extensive experience in extremity nerve blocks.

At each site the fellows train under the direct supervision of a Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain faculty. The faculty is responsible for clinical and didactic education, providing feedback and evaluation of fellow knowledge and level of technical skills.


Fellows are involved in the acute postoperative interventional pain service, performing, under supervision, lower and upper extremity, paravertebral blocks, thoracic wall blocks (PECS I, PECS II, Serratus Anterior), Quadratus Lumborum and TAP blocks.  Blocks involve both single shot and continuous techniques. Emphasis is placed on ultrasound guided and neuro-stimulation techniques.  Extensive experience in pediatric and obstetrics is available through the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Magee- Womens Hospital.  Management of patients into the postoperative period in association with ERAS protocols is emphasized.

The fellowship is ideal for trainees who want to become efficient in performing peripheral and truncal blocks. Each Regional fellow is expected to perform over 1,000 blocks annually. Fellows are required to attend weekly formal lectures; monthly journal clubs and pediatric regional ultrasound workshops. The fellowship has incorporated all ACGME program requirements into the training program.  Potential fellows should expect to far exceed all minimum procedural and experience requirements in the areas of regional, acute, trauma, chronic and pediatric pain. Fellows will also attend an annual fresh cadaver dissection workshop, present at local, regional and national meetings, and participate in clinical research.

In addition, a 2 year NIH T32 clinical research track program is available for qualified candidates. The NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship aims to develop clinician-scientists who will be leaders in the field of anesthesiology and pain research, by providing rigorous postdoctoral research training with an emphasis on hypothesis-driven laboratory or clinical research. The candidate must meet citizenship requirements. For more information on the NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, please contact Yan Xu, PhD, Program Director, at xuy@anes.upmc.edu.

The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is accepting applications from anesthesiology residents trained in an ACGME accredited program. For details concerning the program and to submit an online application, please visit the link below. The common application may be submitted to the email below.  Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview after review of the completed application and all required documentation.

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  • Specialty:Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia
  • Duration:12 months
  • Start Year:2023
  • Positions:15
  • Deadline: Rolling application process until all positions are filled.
  • Salary: $71,302 + moonlighting opportunities
  • Contact Person: Ann Martin, M.S. Program Coordinator
  • Email: aneseducation@upmc.edu or martina16@upmc.edu
  • Phone: (412) 692-4572
  • Facility:
  • Address:
  • University of Pittsburgh Department of Anesthesiology
  • 3471 Fifth Avenue, Ste 402, Kaufmann Building
  • Pittsburgh
  • Pennsylvania 15213
  • Telephone: (412) 692-4572
  • Website: www.anes.upmc.edu
  • Director: Nicolas Schott, MD, and Nicole Verdecchia, MD, associate program directors
  • Other affiliated faculty:
  • Bruce Ben-David, MD

    Douglas Bentley, MD

    Cheryl Bernstein, MD

    Scott Brancolini, MD, MPH

    Albert Carvelli, MD

    Jacques E. Chelly, MD, PhD, MBA

    Franklyn Cladis, MD

    Patricia Dalby, MD

    Eric Davidson, MD

    Trent Emerick, MD

    David Glover, DO

    Shiv Goel, MBBS, MS

    Denise Hall-Burton, MD

    Edward Heres, MD

    Touichi Kawabe, MD

    Sharad Khetarpal, MD, MBBS

    Grace Lim, MD, MSc

    Charles Lin, MD

    Charles Luke, MD

    Michelle Masnovi, MD

    David Metro, MD, FASA

    Mario Montoya, MD

    Kristin Ondecko Ligda, MD, FASA

    Steven Orebaugh, MD

    Beverly Pearce-Smith, MD

    Carl Rest, MD

    Nicholas Schott, MD—Associate Program Director

    Kelly Shannon, MD

    Vladislav Shick, MD

    Anna Uskova, MD

    Nicole Verdecchia, MD 

    Mihaela Visoiu, MD

    Dan Varonin, MD

    Ajay Wasan, MD, MSc

    Jonathan Waters, MD

    Brian Williams, MD, MBA

    Casey Wollenman, MD 

  • Participating hospitals:
  • - UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh: a pediatric hospital and trauma center with orthopedics, oncology, thoracic, urology, GI, general surgery and plastics.

    - UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital:  a women’s hospital with orthopedics, gynecology, oncology, bariatrics and a labor and delivery suite with over 10,000 births per year.

    - UPMC Mercy:  a University hospital with emphasis on joint replacement, orthopedic oncology, thoracic, urology, GI, general surgery, plastics, trauma and burns.

    - UPMC Passavant: a community hospital and ambulatory center with emphasis on joint replacement, orthopedic oncology, thoracic, urology, GI, general surgery and plastics

    - UPMC Shadyside: a community hospital with emphasis on joint replacement, orthopedic oncology, thoracic, urology, GI, general surgery and plastics.

    - UPMC Presbyterian:  a University Level I trauma center hospital with emphasis on trauma, thoracic, urology, GI, general surgery, plastics, sports medicine and transplantation.

    - UPMC St Margaret:  a community hospital with emphasis on family-centered care from children to seniors and comprehensive perioperative care including preoperative assessment, regional analgesic modalities, and post-anesthetic care of both inpatient and ambulatory patients.

    Ambulatory Centers:

    UPMC Passavant – Cranberry        

    UPMC South Surgery Center – Bethel Park

    UPMC St. Margaret Harmar Outpatient Center