About the Lab

Led by principal investigator James R. Hebl, M.D., the Regional Anesthesia Laboratory at Mayo Clinic coordinates and conducts clinical research that examines the safety, efficacy and use of regional anesthetic techniques during the perioperative period.

Among Dr. Hebl's research interests in the use of regional anesthesia are perioperative outcomes, modalities of application — including traditional techniques and ultrasound-guidance — and complications of anesthesia.

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, thanks to research such as that being conducted in Dr. Hebl's Regional Anesthesia Laboratory.

Improved outcomes in regional anesthesia use include superior analgesia, reduced postoperative opioid requirements, minimizing opioid-related side effects, improved rehabilitation and surgical outcomes, and shortened 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.

Dr. Hebl and his research team also focus on simulation and medical education, models of resident and fellow education, and anesthesia history.

About Dr. Hebl

Dr. Hebl is a professor of anesthesiology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota, and a consultant in anesthesiology. Dr. Hebl also is a regional vice president in the Mayo Clinic Health System.