Dr. Swetha Pakala is a board-certified Anesthesiologist who completed her medical school and residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. She received further specialization in Regional Anesthesia as a fellow at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Pakala has a particular interest in International Health endeavors within Anesthesia. She has been involved in several public health initiatives, short-term surgical missions, as well as sustainable teaching efforts around the world.
Upon completion of her fellowship in Regional Anesthesia, Dr. Pakala accepted an Attending position at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Instructor, Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
American Board of Anesthesiology
American Society of Regional Anesthesia
New York Society of Anesthesiologists
Health Volunteers Overseas
Society for Education in Anesthesia
Global Partners in Anesthesia & Surgery
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
United Healthcare Compass
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As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.
As of August 07, 2018, Dr. Pakala reported no financial interest relationships with healthcare industry.
By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, HSS’ Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.
MD; University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); San Francisco, California; 2006
Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Cabrini Medical Center; New York, NY; 2007
Anesthesiology; University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); San Francisco, California; 2011
Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Management; Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS); New York, NY; 2012
American Board of Anesthesiology, 2012
California, New York
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Pakala SR. "Principles & Practice of Safe Neuraxial Anesthesia". Kenya Society of Anesthesiologists: "Safe Anesthesia" Conference. Visiting Instructor for African Society of Regional Anesthesiologists. Nairobi, Kenya. August, 2012.
Pakala SR. “Teaching anesthesia in the developing world: context, challenges, and a vision”. Main oral presentation at Society for Education in Anesthesia Spring Meeting, April 2011
Pakala SR, Russel B. "Critical tracheal stenosis: emergent anesthetic induction". Poster presented at Western Anesthesia Residents’ Conference, April 2011
Pakala SR, Rollins MD, Larson MD. "Understanding intraoperative anisocoria". Poster presented at Western Anesthesia Residents’ Conference, April 2010
Global Health in Surgery and Anesthesia