Georgetown physicians do not consider an anesthetic complete or fully successful unless the patient experiences a safe and comfortable operative and recovery process from start to finish. Successful perioperative pain management can be a challenging yet exceedingly rewarding endeavor. Our specialized Acute Pain Service (APS) manages perioperative pain for complex patients as well as for all patients receiving regional or neuraxial anesthesia. The APS is also available to all surgical services in the hospital on a consult basis. There are a growing number of cancer pain-related consults and some pediatric cases. The APS team includes attending anesthesiologists, residents, nurses and SRNAs. There is 24-hour attending coverage. Rounds are held daily during which all patients are discussed.
All residents do a 4-week rotation during their CA-1 and CA-2 years which includes rotation on the APS and performing clinic duties and pain blocks at an outpatient chronic pain medicine. The CA-3 rotation is an advanced peripheral nerve block placement and management rotation. Areas of clinical research interest among the pain management faculty include the establishment of a comprehensive database for patients with chronic pain, and studies evaluating safety and efficacy of innovative treatment approaches for patients with chronic pain.
Lizzie Holtan, MD Assistant Professor, Division Chief
Lisa Bellil, MD Assistant Professor
Russell Wall, MD Professor and Chairman
Hiep Dao, MD Assistant Professor
Maggie Coppinger, MD Assistant Professor