I am a former military medical officer and a graduate of the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (Brooke Army Medical Center). After graduation, I was assigned to Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, TX. There, I built relationships with surgeons and other anesthesiologists, teaching them the then-new skills of ultrasound guided regional anesthesia. With their help, I established an acute pain service in a hospital that did not have one and eventually made it a revenue-generating service. I deployed to a combat support hospital in Iraq in 2009, and served as an interim chief of anesthesia in 2010 when my chief was subsequently deployed to Afghanistan. While in the US Army Medical Corps, I served on critical hospital committees such as pharmacy and therapeutics, and the credentials committee. I also became certified as an instructor in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
After completing my obligation to the US Army in June 2011, I began working at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I worked there for 7&1/2 years wherein I had the privilege of teaching in one of the largest of acute pain & regional anesthesia fellowships. I instructed workshops with UPMC and NYSORA and was awarded teacher of the year twice - most recently in 2017-2018. (From a field of over twenty physician instructors at Pittsburgh)
I functioned as the clinical leader in the accelearated recovery program for total knee arthroplasty, and as the Quality Improvement officer for the very large acute pain service which performed over 13,000 blocks per year.
I now serve as the director of regional anesthesia and acute pain at West Virginia University - Ruby Hospital in Morgantown, WV. My interests also include major thoracic and abdominal surgery analgesia and I rely extensively on continuous paravertebral blocks.
Additionally, I also do some solo private practice hands-on anesthesia at an outpatient surgery center specializing in plastic surgery. I utilize paravertebral and erector spinae plane blocks extensively to facilitate opioid-sparing anesthesia.