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Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship

The Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program that incorporates 12 months of extensive clinical expertise in both peripheral and neuraxial blocks, as well as the management of acute pain conditions. Trainees will become adept at a wide range of single shot and continuous regional techniques. Fellows develop independence over a period of months before assuming a broader role supervising junior residents. 


Our fellowship adheres to the consensus guidelines for training determined by the directors of Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Group and the ACGME requirements for training in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine.

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Clinical Experience

Our regional anesthesia service performs over 3,000 peripheral and neuraxial blocks per year, both inside and outside the operating rooms. All of our regional faculty members have extensive clinical experience or have completed fellowship training in regional anesthesia or pain management. Rotations are organized in 4 week blocks and include the following: 

  • Inpatient regional service at NYPH-Cornell: 14 weeks
  • Ambulatory regional service at DHK Ambulatory Center, NYPH-Cornell: 10 weeks
  • Regional service at NYPH-Columbia: 6 weeks
  • Inpatient Acute Pain Service at NYPH-Cornell: 12 weeks
  • Inpatient Chronic Pain Service at NYPH-Cornell: 2 weeks
  • Orthopedic Trauma operating room experience: 4 weeks
  • Elective: 4 weeks
  • Vacation:1 week

During their training, our fellows have the unique opportunity to rotate at several world-class institutions, including NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the David H. Koch ambulatory surgery center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Fellows can expect to gain expertise in the following procedures: 

  • Upper extremity blocks and catheters: Interscalene, supraclavicular, infraclavicular, costoclavicular, axillary, including distal nerve blocks
  • Lower extremity blocks and catheters: Femoral, lateral femoral cutaneous, sciatic, popliteal, saphenous, iPACK
  • Truncal blocks: Lumbar plexus, paravertebral, TAP, rectus sheath, quadratus lumborum, PEC, serratus anterior, erector spinae, TTMP
  • Airway blocks for fiberoptic intubation
  • Ultrasound and nerve stimulator techniques
  • Neuraxial blocks, including thoracic epidurals
  • Acute pain management procedures
  • Management of acute pain in the chronic pain patient


In addition to a formal lecture series and web-based curriculum, fellows participate in:

  • Simulation training
  • OSCEs
  • Multidisciplinary conferences
  • A monthly journal club and difficult case conference
  • A point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) course
  • Simulation training in our SAIL lab
  • An oral boards review course 

We offer both formal and informal sessions for oral board exam preparation.  Fellows are required to present at our CME-accredited Grand Rounds. 

Scholarly Activities

Fellows are required to participate in scholarly activities, which may include clinical research projects, presentations at national meetings, Grand Rounds presentations, dedicated academic time, the potential to participate in a clinical experience abroad with our global health program, or teaching initiatives with the residents and medical students. Individual projects must be approved by the Fellowship Director and the departmental leadership. At a minimum, 10% of a fellow's scheduled time will be earmarked and protected for academic pursuits.

Medical Student Teaching

Fellows are invited to participate in medical student teaching and outreach. Our division holds quarterly ultrasound anatomy workshops for interested medical students. Our goal is to introduce Anesthesiology early in the preclinical years in a way that provides the students with useful information and clinical correlates to their studies. 

Current Fellows 

Matthew Kauffman, MD

Matt Kauffman, M.D.

Dr. Matt Kauffman is a Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. Dr. Kauffman was born and raised in Wayne, New Jersey. He graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Biology and earned his M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

From early on in his residency training, Dr. Kauffman became attracted to regional anesthesiology not only for its ability to provide more superior and well-rounded perioperative pain management strategies, but also its use as an alternative to conventional general anesthesia. As patients become more medically complex, the ability to tailor anesthetic plans based on patients’ personal clinical needs will allow Dr. Kauffman to become very versatile as a regional anesthesiology specialist. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Kauffman will be joining the anesthesiology group at Princeton Medical Center in Princeton, NJ. 

John Rubin, MD

John Rubin, M.D.

Dr. John Rubin is a Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. Dr. Rubin was born and raised in Maple Grove, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Biochemistry and earned his M.D. at New York Medical College. He completed his anesthesiology training at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine, where he served as chief resident in his last year.

During his residency, Dr. Rubin developed an interest in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine early on due to its ability to optimize perioperative pain management for patients undergoing surgery throughout the body. He was particularly drawn to the benefits of opioid-minimized anesthesia for elderly or critically ill patients, and its capability to potentially improve post-operative surgical outcomes. After fellowship, Dr. Rubin will remain at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medicine as a new member of the Regional Anesthesiology faculty.

Former Fellows

Ryan Lippell, MD

Ryan Lippell, M.D.

Dr. Ryan Lippell is a Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellow for 2019-2020. Dr. Lippell graduated from Tufts University with a BA in history and earned his M.D. at New York Medical College. He remained in the NYC area for his residency, completing his anesthesiology training at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Following his undergraduate liberal arts studies, Dr. Lippell decided to pursue a career in medicine and spent several years in a neuroscience research lab prior to beginning medical school. Motivated by his diverse lab experiences, basic science studies and clinical clerkships, he saw anesthesiology as the ultimate fusion of physiology and pharmacology with patient care. During his anesthesiology residency, he developed a keen interest in the benefits that regional anesthetics and acute pain management modalities can provide to patients in the peri-operative setting, further motivating his decision to pursue fellowship training. Following fellowship, Dr. Lippell took a position with Stamford Anesthesiology Services in Stamford, CT.

Hannah Lin, MD

Hannah Lin, M.D.

Dr. Hannah Lin is a Regional and Acute Pain Anesthesiology Fellow for 2019-2020. Dr. Lin graduated from Princeton University and earned her M.D. at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, both in New Jersey. She completed her anesthesiology residency at NewYork Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYP/WCMC) in New York City.

During her fellowship, Dr. Lin enjoyed her regional anesthesia rotations at the powerhouses of NYP/WCMC, NYP/Columbia, and Memorial Sloan Kettering. She appreciates regional anesthesia’s ability to provide effective surgical anesthesia and postoperative analgesia for patients. Following her fellowship year, Dr. Lin joined the practice of Long Island Anesthesia Physicians.

Melvin La, MD

Melvin La, M.D.

Dr. Melvin La was born and raised in South Florida. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and microbiology from the University of Miami and his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed his anesthesiology residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and served as chief resident in his last year. He then stayed an additional year to complete a Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship. He will take his talents over to west coast following his fellowship where he will be part of the faculty practice at UCSF.

Ashley Wells, MD

Ashley Wells, M.D.

Dr. Ashley Wells was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a major in biology, and then obtained her medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Following medical school, she completed her residency in anesthesiology at Mount Sinai Hospital and fellowship at NewYork Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Medicine. Following her fellowship, Dr. Wells will stay in the New York area and work at the VA medical center.

Other Information

Number of Positions: 2
Call: No in-house call
Salary: 2020-21: $91,276
Book allowance: $900
Conference Reimbursement: $2,000

NYPH Visa Rules for Foreign Applicants
The New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) will only accept foreign nationals (FNs) into this GME program who secure J-1 nonimmigrant classification, which is administered by ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Graduates), or are otherwise authorized to work for the program duration without sponsorship by NYPH. NYPH will not sponsor any candidate for an H-1B, H-1B1, E-3 or any other status to participate in this program. In very limited circumstances, the NYPH will support O-1 sponsorship for FNs who qualify based on their extraordinary ability. In these instances, however, the FN will be required to pay for and use the services of an NYPH-approved immigration legal provider who first will provide an opinion to NYPH that you are eligible for the O-1 classification and, if NYPH agrees to support the petition, then prepare and file an O-1 petition on your behalf. 


Accepting RAAPM applications starting: December 1, 2020
Application deadline: February 1, 2021

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Program Director

Tiffany Tedore, MD

Tiffany Tedore, M.D.

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Program Director, Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine Fellowship

Marlene Augustine
Department of Anesthesiology
Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 746-2785

Contact Us

Dept. of Anesthesiology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065
Fax: (212) 746-8563

Office of the Chair
Phone: (212) 746-2962
E-mail:  Marissa Matarazzo,

Residency and Fellowship Education
Direct all inquiries to:
Phone: (212) 746-2941
For trainee verification inquiries:

Patient Billing Inquiries
Phone: (855) 880-0343