Newswise — Dr. Santhanam Suresh, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and director of the Pain Management Team at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, was awarded ASRA’s Distinguished Service Award during a ceremony held April 2nd in conjunction with the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

The award recognizes extraordinary and broad contributions to the science, teaching, or practice of regional anesthesia and/or pain medicine over time resulting in advancements such as the growth of a subspecialty, evolution of the knowledge base that guides practice, enhancement of education programs, significant changes in governance or the political milieu for the field.

Dr. Suresh was selected in part because of his longstanding service to the Society at the annual meetings and in the regional workshops and service on the ASRA Board of Directors and editorial board of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. However, his most prominent contributions have been in the field of pediatric regional anesthesia.“He may be the best known pediatric regionalist world-wide, and he has enhanced our specialty through his many contributions to the art and science of regional anesthesia and pain medicine as well as through his spreading the regional anesthesia and pain medicine story throughout the world,” said award selection committee chair and former ASRA Board member John Butterworth, MD.

Dr. Suresh is an Arthur C. King Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Madras in India. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Cook Country Hospital in Chicago, his residency in anesthesiology at Loyola University Medical School in Chicago, and his fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

His major area of research is in postoperative pain control and management of chronic pain in children and adolescents. He is internationally recognized for his innovations in the use of nerve blocks for postoperative pain control in infants and children.

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is a professional member organization of more than 4,000 physicians and healthcare providers across the United States and the world. Founded in 1975, the mission of ASRA is to advance the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine. ASRA is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, visit www.asra.com.