Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia

We are pleased to announce the first Regional Anesthesia Fellowship program in California to be recognized by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Directors.

At UC San Diego, postgraduate fellows will be immersed in a comprehensive curriculum incorporating advanced regional anesthesia techniques, such as continuous perineural infusion and ultrasound-guidance; multimodal acute pain management strategies; and clinical and translational research.

The UC San Diego Regional Anesthesia Fellowship emphasizes expert training in state-of-the-art regional anesthesia techniques and multi-modal strategies for acute pain management. We constantly strive to keep our curriculum fresh and provide our fellows with the most comprehensive and advanced training program available.

RAAPM Fellowship Overview

The fellowship structure is:

  • Flexible, with time allocated to the inpatient and ambulatory center block rooms, Acute Pain Service, OR, and nonclinical pursuits
  • Fellows will spend dedicated time in the anatomy lab dissecting cadavers early in the fellowship year

Our fellows practice in a block room setting in order to gain necessary repetition and a high volume of procedures, where they learn strategies to optimize patient flow, increase procedural efficiency and system performance, and establish patient rapport for effective follow-up.

In addition to clinical training, our fellows have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in our productive clinical research program. Fellows’ involvement in research can range from simply performing the research-related procedures to heading up their own projects as principal investigators.
  • We recently added a new pediatric regional anesthesia and pain management rotation in collaboration with Anesthesia Services Medical Group at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego

One-Year Fellowship - Clinical and didactic training in regional anesthesia and analgesia

Positions: 4 annually (3 July-June, 1 September - August)

Salary: approximate salary is $62,676 (2016-2017) plus benefits which includes 1 OR attending day/week; there may be additional in-house call to augment salary.

Fellowship Structure

  • Evaluate patients
  • Perform regional anesthesia procedures in a regional anesthesia induction area (aka “block room”)
  • Follow patients postoperatively
  • Fellows spend one day per week in the OR either supervising residents or providing direct patient care as staff anesthesiologists
  • All other clinical time is spent either directly administering or teaching residents how to perform regional blocks or caring for patients as part of the Acute Pain Service

Clinical Experience:

  • Master basic single-injection and continuous peripheral nerve block techniques
  • Employ ultrasound-guidance and electrical stimulation, as well as advanced ultrasound-guided regional
    anesthesia procedures and paravertebral blocks
  • Gain experience managing continuous perineural infusions for inpatients and outpatients, as well adjunct analgesic medications
  • Learn to apply regional anesthesia techniques in a variety of surgical settings including trauma, elective outpatient and more invasive orthopedics, vascular surgery, abdominal and pelvic procedures, head and neck surgery, and plastic/reconstructive surgery for adult and pediatric patients

Application Materials:

Please submit a UCSD Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Application, an updated CV, three letters of recommendation (program director and preferably mentor), a recent picture, USMLE and Specialty In-Service Scores, copy of Medical School Diploma and a brief personal statement outlining interest in fellowship and the specialty of regional anesthesia (600-word maximum).

Applications for the 2018 regional fellowship year will be accepted from January 15th through May 15th or until positions filled. We have four positions available, 3 in July and one in September.Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed.

Our Team

  • Wendy Abramson, MD 
  • Richard H. Bellars, MD
  • Ching-Rong Cheng, MD
  • Rodney Gabriel, MD
  • Brian M. Ilfeld, MD, MS
  • Bahareh Khatibi, MD
  • Nick Kormylo, MD
  • Amanda Monahan, MD
  • Engy T.Said, MD
  • NavParkash S. Sandhu, MD, MS
  • Preetham Suresh, MD
  • Jacklynn Sztain, MD
  • Mark Wallace, MD

Contact person:

Fellowship coordinator:

Melissa Medeiros
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0898
La Jolla, CA 92093-0898
(858) 822-0776
(858) 657-5014 Fax

Current Fellows

  • John Finneran, MD
  • Deepa Asokan, MD
  • Beamy Sharma, MD MBA

Past Fellows

  • Vanessa Loland, MD 2006
  • Steven Back, MD 2007
  • Gloria Chang, MD 2008
  • Lynna Choy, MD 2008
  • Justin Heil, MD 2009
  • Steven Suydam, MD 2009
  • Matt Charous, MD 2010
  • Edward Kim, MD 2010
  • Sarah Madison, MD 2010
  • Amanda Peterson, MD 2010
  • Robert Mc Graw, MD 2011
  • Brenna Hise, MD 2011
  • Juliette Humsi, MD 2011
  • Nisha Malhotra, MD 2011
  • Wendy Abramson MD 2012
  • Amanda Monahan, MD 2012
  • Joel Feinstein, MD 2013
  • Anthony Machi, MD 2013
  • Bahareh Khatibi, MD 2013
  • Jacklynn Sztain, MD 2014
  • Rajesh Reddy, MD 2014
  • Engy Said, MD 2014
  • Nathalie Hernandez, MD, 2015
  • Nivek Amin, MD 2015
  • Jennifer Jou, MD 2015
  • Laura Park, MD 2016
  • Patrick Nguyen, MD 2016