The Anesthesiology Systematic Review Laboratory is a clinical research lab founded by co-principal investigators W. Michael Hooten, M.D., and Rajat "Raj" N. Moman, M.D., M.A.

Our lab addresses clinically relevant questions by performing high-quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses, with a focus on treatment solutions for chronic pain.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are studies of studies or studies that summarize the results of available carefully designed studies to answer a targeted clinical question. These reviews and analyses are considered by some medical professionals to be the most reliable sources of evidence to guide clinical practice. These types of studies can help synthesize a number of different study results to allow clinicians to better understand an answer to their clinical questions.

Our recent meta-analysis published in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, for example, will help pain medicine physicians better understand the prevalence of smoking in patients who undergo spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain. We're still seeking to fully discern the complex relationship between smoking, chronic pain and spinal cord stimulation. Our meta-analysis allows physicians to gain insights about how common smoking is, and it will hopefully lead to further efforts to minimize the impact of smoking on the treatment of chronic pain with spinal cord stimulation.

Central to our lab's mission is engaging trainees in the systematic review and meta-analysis process. Our lab routinely collaborates on our research with residents and fellows from within anesthesiology and other related specialties to better foster interdisciplinary thinking about clinically relevant problems.

About the lab directors

Dr. Hooten is an anesthesiologist and a psychiatrist, with a focus on pain, pain management and opioid tapering, at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. He also.is a professor of anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

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Dr. Moman is an anesthesiology resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His research interests include chronic pain and spine conditions, with a goal of gaining better insight into how patients can best manage chronic pain.

Read more about Dr. Moman and his published research findings: