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.



Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Vanderbilt's Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine fellowship was established in 2009 and accredited during the first cycle of accreditation for the specialty in the Fall of 2016. The program accepts 2 fellows each year, with expansion to 3 fellows per year under consideration by the ACGME (determination in Jan 2022). The fellowship is split between several sites. 

Primary Site:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC): a large, quaternary care hospital and level 1 trauma center and a national Top-5 trauma center by volume.

Secondary Sites:

Vanderbilt Health Belle Meade and Vanderbilt Surgery Center, two fast-paced ambulatory orthopedic surgery centers

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, a VUMC adjacent children's hospital with acute and chronic pediatric pain programs

Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

Kijabe Hospital, Kijabe, Kenya, the site of an optional international regional anesthesia elective

Fellowship Rotations include:

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain

  • > 7,000 blocks per year across all sites
  • High volume of epidural and peripheral nerve catheters, including management chest and extremity trauma
  • Home peripheral nerve catheter program
  • Focus on perioperative medicine, including enhanced recovery (ERAS) programs
  • Training in multimodal analgesia and opioid minimization
  • A multidisciplinary team, including faculty, fellows, residents, & NPs  

Ambulatory Regional Anesthesia:

  • Ambulatory surgery centers with a private practice feel
  • Focus on speed, efficiency, and single-injection and peripheral nerve catheters
  • High-volume ambulatory total joint replacement center
  • 8-12 weeks spread through fellowship

International Regional Anesthesia (optional, 1 fellow per year)

  • 4-week, regional anesthesia-focused rotation at a hospital in Kenya
  • Vanderbilt has a full-time faculty member there throughout the year as medical director of their operating suites
  • Heavy use of neuraxial and peripheral regional anesthesia
  • ACGME-approved rotation, minimizing logistical barriers
  • Opportunities for travel and expense funding

Pediatric Pain

  • Large, academic children’s hospital
  • Hybrid acute/chronic/regional pain experience
  • A focus on pediatric ERAS

Addiction Psychiatry

  • Education in buprenorphine initiation and management
  • Learn to manage opioid use disorder and withdrawal
  • First-hand experience of the personal toll of the opioid crisis
  • Gain perspective on what is at stake when patients are placed on perioperative opioids

Adult Chronic Pain

  • Inpatient chronic pain service and outpatient cancer pain clinics
  • Participate with basic procedures as well as neurolytics and implants

Oromaxillofacial Surgery

  • Perform intraoral nerve blocks for dental procedures
  • A distinctive 2-week experience offered by few other fellowships

Obstetric Anesthesia (optional)

  • Over 5,000 deliveries per year with a focus on high-risk obstetrics

OR Anesthesia

  • 2-3 weeks paired with attendings supervising 3-4 rooms of OR anesthesia
  • Maintain OR skills and practice airway, vascular access, and supervising skills
  • Perform blocks for patients in those ORs

Aside from the clinical experience, the curriculum is focused on a broad range of areas, leveraging our superb faculty to provide exposure to an array of topics including deep dives into anatomy, practice, and service management, enhanced recovery principles and practice, classic and emerging techniques for regional, informatics, education techniques, etc.

In summary, Vanderbilt combines a world-class clinical experience with training in the breadth of regional techniques, a deep focus on education, and clinical rotations that cannot be matched.

Approximate Salary: $70,763 with $2,400 CME funds; opportunities for internal moonlighting after 4 months if meeting fellowship milestones (TN medical license required). Additional funding for international rotation and conferences.

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

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  • Specialty:Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia
  • Duration:12 months
  • Start Year:2023
  • Positions:2
  • Deadline: Applications for 2023 will be reviewed starting December 2021 until positions are filled. Interviews planned for January-March 2022.
  • Salary: $70,763.95 ($5,897 monthly)
  • Contact Person: Laurie Hembree Fellowship Program Coordinator
  • Email: laurieann.hembree@vumc.org
  • Phone: 615-343-5860
  • Facility:
  • Address:
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Department of Anesthesiology, 1301 Medical Center Drive, 4648 TVC
  • Nashville
  • Tennessee 37232-5614
  • Telephone: (615) 936-3198
  • Website: https://www.vumc.org/anesthesiology/regional-anesthesiology-and-acute-pain-fellowship
  • Director: Brian F.S. Allen, M.D.
  • Other affiliated faculty:
    • Vik Bansal, M.D.

    • Clifford Bowens, M.D.

    • Eric Briggs, M.D.

    • Jeff Clemmons, M.D.

    • Lane Crawford, M.D.

    • Charlie Doyle, M.D.

    • David Edwards, M.D., PhD

    • Andrew Franklin, M.D., M.B.A.

    • Raj Gupta, M.D.

    • Travis Hamilton, D.O., MMHC

    • Kris Kast, M.D.

    • Brandon Pruett, M.D. 

    • Kaylyn Sachse, M.D. 

    • Nick Statzer, M.D.

    • Ted Yaghmour, M.D.

  • Participating hospitals:
      • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

        AIC Kijabe Hospital

        Vanderbilt Health Belle Meade

        Vanderbilt Surgery Center

        Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

        Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

        Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital