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The Vanderbilt Pain Management Center provides holistic diagnostic and therapeutic outpatient services for individuals experiencing chronic pain.
The Division of Multispecialty Adult Anesthesiology is the department’s largest division, providing perioperative anesthetic care for more than 12,000 patients annually in 45 operating rooms and procedure suites for a wide variety of surgical services, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, vascular surgery, otolaryngology, hepatobiliary surgery, liver and renal transplantation, and oral/maxillofacial surgery. The division has 48 full- and part-time faculty members, most of whom have significant subspecialty training and expertise. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, MSA faculty and staff provide 24-hour coverage for emergency and trauma surgery for the region. Additionally, in July 2014 a Perioperative Consultative Service was created. This service provides co- management of surgical patients from decision to operate until after discharge from the hospital. This started with a pilot involving colorectal surgical patients and quickly grew to include abdominal wall reconstruction, surgical weight loss, and hepato-biliary-pancreatic/surgical oncology patients. Plan are underway with other surgical services to extend this coverage to another six services within the next year, the details of which can be found in the Education section.
MSA Division faculty provide anesthesiology residents a variety of both introductory and advanced clinical experiences and make numerous contributions to the department’s educational programs for medical students, residents, and fellows. Additionally, MSA faculty teach and supervise residents from other specialties, as well as student registered nurse anesthetists who rotate in the MSA Division. Division faculty pursue a wide range of academic interests, including regional anesthesia, airway management, information technology, perioperative cognitive dysfunction, echocardiography, ultrasound imaging, and perioperative medicine.
The division’s members are also highly active in research, with numerous investigator-initiated clinical research projects currently in progress. Work is ongoing in informatics, regional anesthesia, airway management, perioperative medicine, and drug protocols in an effort to improve perioperative care and throughput.