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. 

Objectives

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.

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 NYP/WCMC: 14 weeks
  • Ambulatory regional service at DHK Ambulatory Center, NYP/WCMC: 10 weeks
  • Regional service at NYP/Columbia: 6 weeks
  • Inpatient acute pain service at NYP/WCMC: 12 weeks
  • Chronic pain service at NYP/WCMC: 2 weeks
  • Orthopedic trauma operating room experience at NYP/WCMC: 4 weeks
  • Elective - Any of the above or regional service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: 4 weeks
  • Vacation: 4 weeks

During their training, our fellows have the unique opportunity to rotate at several world-class institutions, including NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYP/WCMC), the David H. Koch ambulatory surgery center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (NYP/CUMC) 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, transversus thoracis muscle plane (TTMP) and pecto-intercostal fascial plane
  • 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

Didactics

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

  • Formal Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) course and training
  • Applied exam review course (including OSCEs)
  • Multidisciplinary conferences
  • A monthly journal club and difficult case conference
  • Simulation training in our SAIL lab
  • Formal quality and patient safety training and project

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.

Other Information

Number of Positions: 2
Call: No in-house call
Salary 2022-2023: $96,365
Book allowance: $900
Conference Reimbursement: $2,000

NYPH Visa Rules for Foreign Applicants
NewYork-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. 

Application

Accepting RAAPM applications starting: January 9 via SF Match (see below)
Application deadline: April 1

To provide more consistency and predictability to the RAAPM fellowship application process, nearly 60 RAAAPM fellowship programs have decided to participate in a common application and match process provided by SF Match for recruitment. The NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship program is proud to be one of the programs participating in this new match process for the upcoming interview season for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

This matching process, provided by SF match, analogous to the current match system for trainees in cardiac, critical care, and obstetric anesthesiology, will allow fellowship applicants an opportunity to visit and evaluate various training programs systematically over a larger window of time. This resulting match system will improve the equity of the process, create a more flexible and comprehensive interview process, and benefit both applicants and individual programs.

Applicants will have to register with and apply to our program through the SF Match website. SF Match will be the central site involved in processing applications, accepting rank lists, processing of the match itself, as well as providing post-match vacancy matching. 

Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship with SF Match Portal

 Application Process

1.    Application Portal opens January 9, 2023

2.    Locate program(s) of interest using the ASRA Fellowship Directory

3.    Register as an applicant to Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine (RAAPM) Fellowship on SFMatch.org

4.    Complete the RAAPM application documents within the SF Match system

5.    Locate program(s) of interest using the ASRA Fellowship Directory

6.    Programs will set up interviews once applications are received via SF Match portal

7.    Note all pertinent deadline dates for your application cycle on SF Match or the ASRA RAAPM Fellowship page

8.    Submit rank list before deadline date

9.    In some cases, you may be eligible to commit to a program with an exception agreement, after registration on SF Match. These agreements are initiated by the program director and not the applicant. 

10. Obtain match results on date published by SF Match.

Please email application and supporting documents to regional@med.cornell.edu

Current Fellows 

Dr. Nikhil Mikkilineni

Nikhil Mikkilineni, MD

2022-2023

Dr. Mikkilineni was born and raised in New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame and his medical training at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He subsequently completed his residency training in anesthesiology at Boston Medical Center, where he served as chief resident during his final year of residency. He is continuing his training at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicial Center to complete a fellowship in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine.

Dr. Richa Sharma

Richa Sharma, MBBS

2022-2023

Dr. Sharma was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree and completed a year of internship at Lady Harding Medical College, University of Delhi. As a medical student, she also acquired experience in prominent hospitals of the U.S. in Boston, Cleveland, Seattle, and Birmingham, AL. She then went on to work at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Janakpuri Superspeciality Hospital as a junior resident, experiencing critical care in a resource constrained setting first hand. She completed her anesthesiology residency including a year of internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center 

In the future, she hopes to use her regional and acute pain background to further anesthetic care options in underserved areas.

Former Fellows

Dr. Justin Chung

Justin Chung, MD

2021-2022

Current: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Vanessa Ng

Vanessa Ng, MD

2021-2022

Current: University of Chicago Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center 

Dr. Matthew Kauffman

Matt Kauffman, MD

2020-2021

Current: Princeton Anesthesia Services, Penn Medicine
Residency: Brigham & Women's Hospital

Dr. John Rubin

John Rubin, MD

2020-2021

Current: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Ryan Lippell

Ryan Lippell, MD

2019-2020

Current: Stamford Anesthesiology Services, Stamford Hospital; Stamford, CT
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Hannah Lin

Hannah Lin, MD

2019-2020

Current: Long Island Physicians, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Melvin La

Melvin La, MD

2018-2019

Current: UCSF
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Ashley Wells

Ashley Wells, MD

2018-2019

Current: Veterans Affairs New York Harbor; Brooklyn, NY
Residency: Mt. Sinai, New York, NY

Faculty

Tiffany Tedore, MD, Program Director
Shelby Badani, MD, MSPH, MS, Associate Program Director

Eric Brumberger, MD
John Brumm, MD
Justin Chung, MD
Mark Harris, MD, MPH
Deirdre Kelleher, MD
Matthew Murrell, MD, PhD
Mohammed Piracha, MD
Melinda Randall, MD
John Rubin, MD
Zach Turnbull, MD
Marissa Weber, MD
Robert Wong, MD

 

Program Director

Dr. Tiffany Tedore

Tiffany Tedore, MD

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

Contact:
Jonathan Lee
Program Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065

                                         Email: jol4015@med.cornell.edu 
                                         Phone: 212-746-2779

Contact Us

Dept. of Anesthesiology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065

Office of the Chair
Phone: (212) 746-2962
E-mail:  Office of the Chair, anesthesiology-chair@med.cornell.edu

Residency and Fellowship Education
Direct all inquiries to:
Phone: (212) 746-2941
E-mail: anes-programs@med.cornell.edu
For trainee verification inquiries: anes-verification@med.cornell.edu

Patient Billing Inquiries
Phone: (855) 880-0343