Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine


Stanford University offers a 12-month ACGME-accredited fellowship in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine. The experience provides advanced postgraduate training in this subspecialty. Multiple nationally- and internationally-recognized faculty participate directly in fellowship training. Participating sites include the main university hospital on Stanford campus, a freestanding outpatient surgery center, and the nearby Veterans Affairs hospital.

Fellowship Curriculum

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine is a subspecialty of anesthesiology focused on the management of acute pain including, but not limited to, comprehensive perioperative management of patients receiving neuraxial or peripheral neural blockade for anesthesia and/or analgesia as well as the medical management of acutely painful conditions. Fellowship training is concerned with the development of expertise in the clinical practice and science of regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine.

On completion of this one-year fellowship, fellows
will be able to:

  • Provide acute pain management for the full spectrum of surgeries, injuries, medical etiologies and other invasive procedures that produce acute pain in the hospital setting;
  • Perform a comprehensive range of advanced regional anesthesia procedures for appropriate indications in a safe consistent and effective manner, understanding the risks and benefits and communicating them to patients;
  • Act as a consultant to other anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, other medical professionals, operating room managers and hospital administrators;
  • Provide leadership in the clinical practice of acute pain management and the organization of the acute pain service within the hospital setting with the requisite knowledge and skills to establish a new regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine program in his or her future practice;
  • Integrate emerging technologies and translate new knowledge to continuously improve the subspecialty; and
  • Apply evidence-based methods to teach future subspecialists in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine.

Our program is ACGME-accredited so our curriculum follows the program requirements posted on the ACGME website

Fellows rotate between Stanford Healthcare and VA Palo Alto Health Care System including one free-standing outpatient surgery center. 

At the Stanford sites, fellows’ educational objectives in regional anesthesiology focus on mastering the techniques and management of basic and advanced regional anesthesia procedures, teaching residents on their regional anesthesia rotations, and coordinating the care of surgical patients who receive nerve block procedures through consultation with all members of the perioperative team.  The Stanford rotations also expose fellows to specialized experiences in pediatric regional anesthesiology as well as regional anesthesia for trauma patients.  Fellows rotating at the Stanford Outpatient Center learn to integrate regional anesthesia within the context of an efficient ambulatory surgery practice and to execute the combination of peripheral nerve blockade for postoperative pain management with optimal anesthesia care for patients having day surgery.

Fellows spend a minimum of 3 months rotating at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System to learn acute pain medicine.  The regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine program at the VA is nested within a Perioperative Surgical Home model.  Fellows engage in co-management of orthopedic surgery and other patients with an emphasis on perioperative pain management, using interventional techniques, pharmacological and nonpharmacological methods, daily management of patients with perineural catheters on the hospital wards and at home, acute pain management consults for surgical and nonsurgical patients, and development of clinical pathways. 

Fellows have scheduled didactic and workshop teaching throughout the year, including cadaver lab.  Fellows are also given ample opportunity and encouragement to participate or lead quality improvement and research projects with dedicated time for these scholarly pursuits.  Previous fellows have presented their projects at national meetings such as the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) annual meeting under the mentorship of Stanford faculty.  Many Stanford faculty members participate in medical missions so fellows may have the opportunity to participate in global surgery outreach depending on availability. 

Please send application and all other required materials listed below by email to the Fellowship Education Team:  

  • Current CV
  • RAAPM Common Application
  • Copy of medical school diploma
  • Copy of medical school transcript
  • MSPE – Dean’s Letter
  • Three original letters of recommendation (letter writers must email directly to coordinator)
  • JPG professional photo (good quality)
  • Copies of actual USMLE scores
  • ± ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • We require all documents be sent to us as scanned documents (print to PDF okay), originals are not required and photos taken of documents not accepted.  Please do not send hardcopy documents through USPS mail.  A California medical license will be required prior to the start of fellowship.


Application deadline: January 6, 2023

Interview Dates: February 15-17, 2023

After careful consideration, we have decided to keep our deadline and interview dates for this application cycle (for positions beginning 2024-25) and not participate in the match because these dates have been scheduled for several months. However, we plan to enter the match with the next cycle of applicants (for positions beginning 2025-26). Please let us know if you have any questions.

Contact Us

You may email the Fellowship Education Team at: if you have further inquiries. Please email the Fellowship Program Director, Jody Leng, MD, MS, if you have specific questions about the fellowship.

  • Jody Leng, MD, MS
    Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship
    Program Director
    Director, Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesiology
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System
    3801 Miranda Avenue (112A)
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS (Clinical Research)
    Chief, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service and Associate Chief of Staff for Inpatient Surgical Services at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
    Associate Program Director of the Stanford Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program
    Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    3801 Miranda Avenue (112A)
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Jean-Louis Horn, MD
    Chief, Division of Regional Anesthesia
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
    300 Pasteur Drive, H3582
    Stanford, CA 94305-5640
  • Cynthia Khoo, MD, PhD
    Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
    Site Director, Stanford Rotations
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
    300 Pasteur Drive, Room H3580
    Stanford, CA 94305-5640
  • Ashley Johnson
    Fellowship Coordinator
    450 Broadway Street, MC6343
    Redwood City, CA 94063
    Phone: (650) 721-7212
    Fax: (650) 721-3471

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