The UT Health Department of Anesthesiology offers a regional rotation to all residents. Each month four residents are exclusively assigned to regional anesthesia; two at Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center, one at Methodist Hospital Houston, and one at Harris Health LBJ Hospital. One of nearly a dozen attendings specializing in regional and orthopedic anesthesia is in charge of the dedicated ‘block room’ and provides supervision to the residents and fellow performing procedures. Dr. Maria Matuszczak, pediatric anesthesiologist, provides expertise in pediatric regional anesthesia.
Memorial Hermann Hospital is one of the largest Level One trauma centers in the nation, and the busiest as of 2012, thereby allowing our regional program to offer all aspects of regional anesthesia. Residents generally exceed their peripheral nerve block and neuraxial anesthetic graduation requirements in their first month on the service, with most residents graduating with two to four times the ABA requirements. Residents are exposed to all major types of peripheral nerve blocks, with a heavy emphasis on the use of the ultrasound, as well as placement of indwelling catheters for postoperative pain management, for both inpatient and outpatient surgeries.
Mahammad Hussain, MD
Chief, Regional Anesthesia Service