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Teaching cutting-edge skills to a
new generation of anesthesiologists

Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship

Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management

Gregory A. Liguori, MD, Anesthesiologist-in-Chief
Mandip S. Kalsi, MD, Fellowship Director

Duration: One-year clinical fellowship; starts after ABA Board Exams
Stipend: $95,755.13 per annum/benefits + $3000.00 academic fund + opportunities for additional compensation for academic fund/expenses by working select Saturday ORs
Positions: 9 positions for graduates of accredited Anesthesiology Residency Programs
Locations: Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) Main Campus, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), and HSS Manhattan Ambulatory Surgery Center (MASC) East Side
Contact: Mary J. Hargett, Director of Education and Clinical Initiatives, 212.606.1793, hargettm@hss.edu

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Our submission deadline for the application and additionally required documentation was February 1, 2021, 12pm (EST).

The Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine (RA/APM) Fellowship at HSS is one of the leading training programs for aspiring regional anesthesiologists in the country. The one-year program balances in-depth regional anesthesia and acute pain management training with diverse academic opportunities to deepen their clinical experience.

Since its inception in 1987, the RA/APM Fellowship has trained over 160 regional anesthesiology and pain management physicians. Our alumni practice in several countries, across five continents, and all over the United States.

Clinical Duties

Over 51,000 anesthetic procedures are performed in our operating rooms annually, exposing RA/APM Fellows to a wide spectrum of anesthesia techniques and acute pain interventions for orthopedics. The cornerstone of the fellowship is the unparalleled breadth of opportunities to learn and practice cutting-edge regional skills and pain management strategies for orthopedic patients.

Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Management for Oncology-Based Surgery and Pain Management

RA/APM fellows also complete a consecutive four-week rotation at MSKCC where they are exposed to regional anesthesia techniques and acute pain management strategies not routinely performed at HSS.

The rotation will focus on regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine approaches to the body’s trunk including, but not limited to:

  • Paravertebral blocks
  • Transverse abdominal plane (TAP) blocks
  • Thoracic epidurals (in both adult and pediatric patients)
  • Pectoral nerve block
  • Quadratus Lumborum block
  • Serratus plane block

Fellows will utilize both ultrasound and nerve stimulator techniques. The MSKCC rotation is taught by chronic pain specialists, providing fellows an opportunity to apply clinical regional anesthesia skills to patients with chronic pain in a perioperative setting. Fellows are introduced to oncology-based surgery and learn how to select the best types of blocks for cancer resections.

After completing the first two weeks of the rotation, fellows will meet with the MSKCC site director, or designee, to discuss case assignments and preferences, and formulate a clinical plan for the remaining two weeks.

HSS Manhattan Ambulatory Surgery Center

Our fellows also rotate to the HSS Manhattan Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Academic Programs

The RA/APM Fellowship offers a robust schedule of academic programs ranging from our CME-accredited Grands Rounds program to Journal Clubs and M&M Conferences. Fellows also attend specialized lectures on current topics in anesthesiology, critical care, and pain management.

Special Programs

Presenting research at the annual ASRA Conference

Scholarly Activity
All fellows are asked to participate in academic activities which may include clinical research, review articles, book chapters, or other academic or administrative projects.

Fellows learn anesthesia blocks at the Cadaver Lab

Cadaver Lab
In the monthly cadaver lab program, fellows have the opportunity to learn anesthetic blocks and develop innovative approaches to anesthetic care using fresh, non-embalmed cadavers that replicate living tissue.

Daniel Maalouf, MD, teaches ultrasound-guided anesthesia to Fellows

Introduction to Ultrasound
Fellows receive training in ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block techniques through lectures and workshops.

Cephas Swamidoss holds oral board lecture series

Oral Board Preparation
We provide an intensive oral board review course in the months preceding the start of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s Oral Board Examination time frame.

Fellows participate in an intensive simulation scenario

Simulation Education
In the Cornell Skills Acquisitions and Innovations Laboratory (SAIL), fellows engage in intensive regional anesthesiology-based simulations designed to help develop crisis resource management and metacognitive skills.

2015-2016 Fellow Lee Rasamny, MD, teaches resident

Teaching Opportunities
Fellows have the opportunity to interact with and lead educational conferences with rotating residents, supervise CA1 residents in the operating room, and teach medical students.

A snapshot of Mulago Hospital in Uganda

Clinical Electives
From mission work to international study, fellows are encouraged to participate in optional clinical elective programs to deepen their regional anesthesia experience.

Fellows learn anesthesia blocks at the Cadaver Lab

Digital Media
Fellows may be asked to participate in departmental digital media projects, including writing patient and professional medical features for the website.



The RA/APM Fellowship recruits nine fellows each year. We have moved to a common application along with over 90% of United States Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Programs.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Our submission deadline for the application and additionally required documentation was February 1, 2021, 12pm (EST).

In addition to the common application, we require a copy of your medical school transcript.

The application and all additionally-required documents should be sent to the attention of:

Mary J. Hargett
Director of Education and Clinical Initiatives
Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212.606.1793
Fax: 212.517.4481
Email: hargettm@hss.edu


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