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    As a fellowship-trained acute pain/regional anesthesiologist currently at a high-volume academic center (approx 1000 blocks per month), if I were to consider a move to an outpatient surgical center I would be expecting either a salary premium on par with ...

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    Good question, and one that is germane to my current situation. I am not fellowship-trained, but I do on the order of 1200 blocks/year and another 600-800 spinal anesthetics in a community hospital. Quite a few partners in my group cannot do blocks ...

  • Posted in: ASRA Connect

    I do not believe a regional anesthesia fellowship will gnerate a higher salary. It will give the candidate an advanyage in the recruiting process. Most graduates have some expertise in regioanl skills. ------------------------------ Scott Mantell M.D. ...

  • Posted in: ASRA Connect

    My company has been unsuccessful in recruiting an ambulatory regional anesthesiologist in the Maryland/DC region. Senior management believes that in the ASC world, fellowship trained regional anesthesiologists do not demand a premium over not fellowship ...

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Swetha R. Pakala, MD


It is our pleasure to highlight ASRA’s October Member Spotlight, Dr. Swetha R. Pakala.

Dr. Pakala is an attending anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York, NY, where she is also the director of the hospital’s Global Health Initiatives Program.

Dr. Pakala received her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Following an internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Dr. Pakala returned to UCSF where she completed a residency in anesthesia and perioperative care. She then went on to do a regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine fellowship at HSS and stayed on as an attending anesthesiologist on the perioperative team.

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