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Brian Sites Named Editor-in-Chief of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine Journal

Dr. Brian Sites, medical director of the acute pain medicine service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, has accepted the position of editor-in-chief for the Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine journal.
3-Oct-2019 12:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Women in Regional Anesthesiology: Their Inspirations, Aspirations, and Pearls of Wisdom

In honor of Women in Medicine month, we present a sample listing of women leaders in regional anesthesia. This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of ASRA News and again in the ASRA Blog three years ago.
9-Sep-2019 10:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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ASRA Grants Support Early-Career Researchers

Mastoora Nasiri, MD, and Adlai Pappy are the latest to receive grant funding for research in regional anesthesia and acute and chronic pain. Their studies will address enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery and cancer survival.
16-Apr-2019 1:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: Intra-Spinal Morphine Superior to Pain Block Technique for Provision of Postoperative Analgesia in Gynecologic Cancer Surgeries

Ultrasound-guided bilateral rectus sheath block (RSB) is associated with fewer side effects and a reduced dependence on opioids, according to the results of a study from the Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India.
2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: Lidocaine’s Postoperative Pain Management Effects May Be Immune Related

In patients undergoing primary hip arthroplasty, regional anesthesia with lidocaine infusion reduces postoperative pain and opioid consumption, possibly because of decreased immune cell signaling, according to research at Stanford University.
2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: IV Acetaminophen Not Necessary for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Although acetaminophen is frequently given prior to spine surgery to help reduce the need for opioids, this study found no benefit. Given the drug's high cost and low availability, researchers suggest it not be routinely given to this group of...
2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: Cholorprocaine Is Associated With Faster Recovery and Earlier Patient Discharge From Ambulatory Knee Arthroscopy

Researchers from the Netherlands have found that patients undergoing knee arthroscopy who received chloroprocaine recovered more quickly than those receiving prilocaine. The study has implications for both patient recovery and shorter hospital stays.
2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Best of Meeting Abstract: Peripheral Nerve Blockade Reduces Patient Opioid Use After Amputation Surgery

30-80% of amputee patients develop chronic pain after their surgery, and there is not yet a clear strategy for relieving that pain. Researchers found that adding liposomal bupivacaine to the nerve block in patients undergoing major lower extremity...
2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is a professional member organization of more than 5,000 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 to improve patient outcomes through research, education, and advocacy. ASRA is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, visit


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