Dr. Christopher Wu is an anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery with specialized training in regional anesthesiology and is considered one of the leading experts in acute postoperative pain management today. Dr. Wu honed his clinical skills at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Rochester, where he oversaw numerous clinical, research, and educational initiatives.
Having published more than 100 pieces of anesthesia-related research, Dr. Wu contributes his research expertise as a physician-scientist within the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management's research division. His primary research focus is on the impact of regional anesthesia techniques on acute pain in the orthopedic patient.
He currently sits on the editorial board of several anesthesia research journals including Anesthesia & Analgesia and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Dr. Wu is heavily invested in the education and development of fellow anesthesiologists and serves as a mentor and educator to many anesthesiologists.
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
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Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (ASRA)
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
American Society of Enhanced Recovery
American Board of Anesthesiology
Minogue Award, Maryland Patient Safety Center, 2016
American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (ASRA), Board of Directors 2008-2014
Chief Resident: University of Rochester; Department of Anesthesiology, 1993
Albany Medical College, Albany, NY 1989
Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY 1990
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1993
Wu CL, Liu SS. Neural blockade: impact on outcome. In: Neuraxial blockade, 4th ed. Cousins M, Bridenbaugh P, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.
Brookman J, Benzon HT, Manohar A, Wu CL. Postoperative pain management: trends and future directions & areas in need of investigations. In: Raj’s Practical Management of Pain, 5th ed. New York: New York: Elsevier-Mosby, 2013.
Hurley RW, Murphy JD, Wu CL. Acute postoperative pain. In: Anesthesia, 8th ed. Miller RD, et al, eds. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2014.
Hurley RW, Wu CL. Acute postoperative pain. In: Bonica’s The Management of Pain. Rathmell JM, Ballantyne JC, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.
Wu CL, Cohen SR, Richman JM, Courpas GE, Rowlingson AJ, Cheung K, Lin EE, Liu SS. Efficacy of postoperative epidural analgesia versus intravenous patient-controlled analgesia with opioids: a meta-analysis. Anesthesiology 2005;103:1079-88.
Block BM, Liu SS, Rowlingson AJ, Cowan AR, Cowen JA, Wu CL. Efficacy of postoperative epidural analgesia versus systemic opioids: a meta-analysis. JAMA 2003;290:2455-63.
Wu CL, Raja SN. Acute and postoperative pain. Lancet 2011;377:2215-25.
Haller G, Myles PS, Taffé P, Perneger TV, Wu CL. Rate of undesirable events at beginning of academic year: retrospective cohort study. BMJ 2009;339:b3974.
Wu CL, Benson AR, Hobson DB, Pio Roda C, Demski R, Galante DJ, Page AJ, Pronovost PJ, Wick EC. Initiating an enhanced recovery pathway program: an anesthesiology department's perspective. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2015;41:447-56.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
ASA/APS/VA-DoD/ASRA Postoperative Pain Guidelines: Methodology. ASA Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. October, 2012.
ERAS and opioid-free analgesia. 41st Argentine Congress of Anesthesiology. Buenos Aires, Argentina. August, 2014.
Prehabilitation and enhanced recovery: intra-operative fluid management and postoperative outcomes. American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2016. Washington, DC. October, 2016.
Enhanced recovery: solutions to the opioid crisis: epidurals, spinals and blocks. ASER Annual Meeting. Fort Lauderdale, FL. March, 2017.
Evidence-based recommendations/arthroscopic shoulder stabilization surgery. ASRA 43rd Annual Meeting. New York, NY. April, 2018.
Opioid-free anesthesia, recipe for success. ASER/ASA Perioperative Quality and Enhanced Recovery Symposium. San Francisco, CA. October, 2018.
The prescription opioid crisis: the role of anesthesiology in reducing opioid consumption. PGA. New York, NY. December, 2018.
Dr. Wu is a prolific researcher in the field of regional anesthesiology and acute pain management. As a member of the research division within the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management, Dr. Wu investigates acute postoperative pain outcomes in orthopedic patients.
One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.
As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. 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.
Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Wu as of November 11, 2019.
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