The practice of regional anesthesia and acute pain management has made tremendous strides in improving the perioperative outcomes of patients undergoing major orthopedic, thoracic, vascular, and general surgical procedures. Improved outcomes include superior analgesia, reduce postoperative opioid requirements, minimizing opioid-related side effects, improved rehabilitation and surgical outcomes, and shorten hospital length-of-stays. Many of these outcomes are achieved by implementing advanced regional anesthetic techniques such as single-injection peripheral blocks, continuous perineural catheters, and neuraxial blockade.

The focus of the Regional Anesthesia Study Team is to coordinate and conduct clinical research that examines the safety, efficacy, and utilization of regional anesthetic techniques during the perioperative period. Perioperative outcomes, modalities of application (traditional techniques, ultrasound-guidance), and complications are all primary areas of interest.

Additional areas of interest among study team members include simulation and medical education, models of resident and fellow education, and anesthesia history.