Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups exist to provide a subset of ASRA Pain Medicine members the opportunity to organize for the purpose of sharing mutual interests in a specific area of regional anesthesiology, acute pain medicine, and/or chronic pain medicine.


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Cancer Pain and Supportive Care

Developed to increase awareness of undertreated cancer pain; provide education on available treatments; improve patient outcomes, functional status, and quality of life; and advance translational research essential for the effective treatment of cancer pain.

Cannabis in Acute and Chronic Pain

Created to shape a group of well-informed clinicians who are able to understand the role of cannabis within the clinical setting and its potential influence on patient care; to share knowledge, clinical experiences, and investigational advancements to shape the future of medicinal cannabis use; and to influence further cannabis research and discovery as our knowledge of cannabis continues to evolve and progress.

Education in Regional Anesthesia

Develops and advances evidence-based educational best-practices in regional anesthesia training within the context of a competency-based educational model.

Functional Medicine for Anesthesiologists and Pain Practitioners

Increases awareness and education of anesthesiologists and pain practitioners about the basic science and clinical applications of functional medicine in the perioperative surgical home and pain management; improves patient outcomes through application of functional medicine principles as an integral part of the multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of pain and chronic illness.

Global Health and Regional Anesthesia

Supports education in regional anesthesia in low resources areas to improve the standard of anesthetic care and safety in underserved regions of the world in cooperation with continental societies of regional anesthesia and pain medicine (ESRA, LASRA, AFSRA, AOSRA).

Green Anesthesia

Aspires to improve practice to include considerations surrounding sustainability and reduction of waste and pollution and to develop regional anesthesia and pain medicine to be the first consideration when developing an anesthetic plan.


Allows pain management specialists to define and prioritize the education, practice, and research needs pertinent to a pain medicine practice.


Dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQA physicians, patients, students, etc. with the goal of reducing the global burden of pain by means of promoting equality and valuing the diverse perspectives of all groups.


Promotes the advancement of neuromodulation in the treatment of chronic pain and provides leadership in the responsible and safe use of neuromodulation therapies.

Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, and Clinical Nurse

Dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to patients requiring pain management, regional anesthesia, and palliative care and to advancing the role of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurses in the clinical setting.

Pain and Substance Use Disorder

Educates about the underlying causes and treatment of substance use disorders and seeks to improve access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.

Pediatric Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management

Improves awareness of RA techniques and pain management among pediatric anesthesiologists and establishes best practice analgesic pathways for various pediatric surgical procedures.

Perioperative Medicine

Promotes the highest quality patient-centered care by leading, educating, and innovating in perioperative medicine.

Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Allows regional anesthesiologists with an interest in perioperative ultrasound to advance the knowledge and expand the scientific body of perioperative point-of-care ultrasound aimed at improving the care of patients undergoing procedures involving regional anesthesia.

Persistent Perioperative Pain

Exists to improve knowledge, education, clinical care, research, and formulation of effective strategies to manage persistent perioperative pain, also known as transitional pain.

Physician Mentorship and Leadership Development

Committed to increasing the pool of physician leaders interested in regional anesthesia and pain management through leadership training and a strong mentorship commitment that matches faculty from different institutions to foster an environment of mutually beneficial career advancement.  

Private Practice

Provides a forum for dialogue, education, leadership, and collaboration among regional anesthesiologists and pain physicians in private practice.

Regenerative Pain Medicine

Helps members understand the scientific basis of regeneration medicine and promote the development of evidence-based clinical applications to relieve chronic pain.

Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine in Military Medicine

Formed to foster collaboration and proselytize the exchange of information to address the many unique challenges inherent in military regional anesthesia and pain medicine through research, education and cooperation.

Regional Anesthesia Cardiothoracic Enhanced Recovery

Committed to providing safe and effective regional anesthesia and analgesia to all eligible cardiac patients presenting for hemodynamic and pain management.

Resident and Medical Student Pain Education

Aspires to apply ASRA Pain Medicine’s organizational expertise in education and training to substantially impact regional, acute and chronic pain management by widening our reach to medical students, non-pain practitioners, and inquisitive patients.

Ultrasonography in Pain Medicine

Formed in response to the growing interest in the use of ultrasound-guided techniques in various pain management procedures.


Dedicated to educating ASRA Pain Medicine members about the importance of physician wellness and providing opportunities for ASRA Pain Medicine members to share their own strategies for mitigating stress and burnout and providing self-care. 

Women in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Created to encourage recruitment and promote the contributions of women in regional anesthesiology and pain medicine; to provide networking opportunities and professional development support for women in pursuit of ASRA Pain Medicine’s mission; and to recognize the achievements of women to the field and understand the unique challenges that face women in the profession.

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