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Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Bio Dr. Praveen Kalra is Board Certified in Anesthesia and in Critical Care. Dr Kalra loves all aspects of his specialty. He specializes in trauma, orthopedic, brain and spine surgery, urology, general surgery, plastics, gynecologic, head and neck surgery, and cancer surgery. His professional interests include devising protocols for patient safety, informed consent, resident education to emphasize evidence based safe care, superior documentation, and mentoring medical students. He has been in practice for over 17 years.
Dr. Kalra completed his residency in Anesthesia from Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and a fellowship in Critical Care from Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.
Dr. Kalra was born and raised in India where he received his medical education (1988-94). Before joining medical school he finished his Diploma in Pharmacy from College of Pharmacy, Delhi in 1987. He has also completed residency in Anesthesia in 1998 from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow. Outside of work, Dr Kalra enjoys traveling with his family.
Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests 1. Patient-reported outcomes. Efficient, multi-feature item-response theory (IRT) based computerized adaptive testing (CAT) algorithm using item banks from PROMIS and NIH Toolbox
2. Activity monitoring. Novel analytic framework for physical activity monitoring in the context of pain.
3. Operations research. Multi-variable discrete and continuous optimization for Lean Hospital Management
4. National trends in pain medication prescription
Bianka Anna Karshikoff
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Bio My research is in the field of Psychoneuroimmunology, which is the study of how the immune system affects the brain and the behavior. In my doctoral thesis, I used experimental inflammatory models to understand how inflammation affects the perception of pain, and how the brain is affected by inflammation. In my postdoctoral studies, I have chosen a translational approach, where the theories from experimental research are tested in clinical settings. I am studying the effects of low-grade inflammation in different chronic pain populations, focusing on psychological comorbidity and treatment outcomes.