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About Dr. Soffin

Dr. Ellen M. Soffin is Vice Chief of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management at HSS, and Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a board certified, fellowship-trained anesthesiologist. Dr. Soffin completed her residency in Anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by a fellowship in Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Medicine at HSS. 

As Vice Chief of Clinical Affairs, Dr. Soffin oversees the clinical development programs and operational functions for the Department. Her clinical interests are focused on improving the care and outcomes for patients undergoing complex spine surgery. Dr. Soffin is a recognized expert on enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways for orthopedic surgery and the use of regional anesthesia and analgesia within care pathways. Her research interests include the evaluation of novel field and fascial plane blocks for complex spine surgery, enhanced recovery pathways for orthopedic surgery, and regulatory, institutional, and clinical strategies for creating and evaluating opioid stewardship programs.

Dr. Soffin has published extensively on pathway-based care, ultrasound-guided regional analgesic techniques, and opioid-minimizing approaches to the anesthetic care of the orthopedic surgery patient. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Pain Research, and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. She is an active speaker and presenter at major national and international anesthetic and orthopedic surgery society meetings.   



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Vice Chief of Clinical Affairs, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director, Anesthesia Spine Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College


American Board of Anesthesiology
American Society of Anesthesiology
Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine
British Medical Association


RA&APM Fellowship Teacher of the Year, 2017-2018
HSS Teacher of the Year, Cornell/NewYork-Presbyterian Anesthesiology Residents, 2018
The Nigel Sharrock Award for Academic Excellence, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2015
The Gowland Hopkins Prize, Research in Medicine, King’s College London, 2008
John Henry Wignall Prize, Research in Medicine, King’s College London, 2004
The Pfizer Prize – Best oral presentation (Physiological Society meeting), London, 1999


Medical: King’s College London, London, England, UK, 2009
Internship: Internal Medicine, Mercy Medical Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2011
Residency: Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2014
Fellowship: Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2015

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Publications by Dr. Soffin

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Presentations

Soffin, E.M., Alam, S. & Spicer, J. (2009). British Thoracic Oncology Group, Dublin; Treatment-associated deaths and mortality following chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer. Lung Ca 63(S1): S4-5. Poster.

Soffin, E.M., Roberts, C., Kew, J.N. & Thomas, D.N. (2003). Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA; Cloning and pharmacological characterization of the guinea pig 5-HT5A receptor. Poster.

Soffin, E.M., Evans, M.L., Gill, C.H., Hervieu, G.J., Harries, M.H., Benham, C.D. & Davies, C.H. (2001). Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA; Characterisation of the Orexin-1 receptor in native tissue. Poster.

Costanzo, E.M.* & Ribchester, R.R. (1999). Physiological Society, London; Neuromuscular synapse elimination in the absence of activity. J. Physiol. Lond., 518.P. Oral presentation.

Costanzo, E.M.* & Ribchester, R.R. (1999). Physiological Society, Cardiff; Synaptic transmission at persistent polyneuronally innervated neuromuscular junctions. J. Physiol. Lond., 515P:52P. Poster.


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of May 11, 2024, Dr. Soffin reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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