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profileKamen V. Vlassakov, M.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Anaesthesia
InstitutionBrigham and Women's Hospital
AddressBrigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis St
Boston MA 02115
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1992Special Rector's Award - Graduatiing First in a class of 300
1993First National Academic Award
2003Faculty Award in Excellence
2011Partners in Excellence Award - BWH Team Face Transplantation
2012Faculty Award in Excellence
2014Neer Award

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My training and practice as anesthesiologist focuses primarily on regional and orthopedic anesthesia and has included postoperative pain management, cardiac anesthesia and intensive care. Currently, as Director of the Division of Regional and Orthopedic Anesthesia at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, I spend the majority (approximately 75%) of my work time in the operating rooms, teaching regional anesthesia, coordinating care and work flow in 6-8 orthopedic operating rooms, leading a team of 10 to 14 anesthesiologists who collectively provide anesthesia for more than 5000 patients per year. The rest of my work time is split between administrative duties, including daily orthopedic anesthesia staff scheduling, daily and monthly resident evaluations preparation, committee meetings, and academic activities, including didactic training and research.
My clinical work days start and end with teaching residents, fellows and medical students, while directing and providing patient care. Orthopedic surgery at BWH provides volume, complexity and diversity of cases, necessary for clinical research, innovation and advanced training in regional anesthesia. Our team and I are available for consultation, direct help and teaching in the other anesthesia sectors, whenever the need for advanced peripheral nerve block techniques arises. My leadership role also encompasses coordinating and organizing interactive workshops and didactic lectures, directing the weekly regional anesthesia morning seminars and developing programs for training and credentialing in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia with didactic, simulation and clinical components.
Being the Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Director provides the unique opportunity to be the principal mentor for our subspecialty fellows. I have also directed our regional anesthesia cadaver anatomy program for fellows and residents from 1999 to 2003.
Clinical and Administrative Work:
Promoting regional anesthesia and analgesia has been the center of my clinical efforts. The multitude of trauma and geriatric orthopedic cases inherent to our field with the frequent option to avoid general anesthesia, provides a great potential for improving care and studying the effects of inhalation agents, pathophysiological stress, trauma and inflammation on the aging brain.
Together with the Oncology Pain team, I participate in treating complex cases of intractable cancer pain with nerve blocks, contributing nerve localization expertise – some blocks are safely feasible only with ultrasound guidance.
I am also leading the effort to improve efficiency and team-building in the orthopedic ORs, focusing on improved communication between surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists. In addition, I am responsible for developing protocols for pre-operative assessment, intraoperative management and post-operative care.
Research and Innovation:
In 2008, the new “retroclavicular” ultrasound-guided brachial plexus block was introduced to clinical practice by me and colleagues. It offers an alternative approach when patient anatomy and/or function are significantly altered by disease or injury. Clinical trials are planned with our pain research group to test drug combinations, producing prolonged differential sensory block and pain relief.
Building a strong and productive working relationship between our experimental researchers and our daily clinical practice remains a personal ambition of mine.

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  1. Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. Assessing advances in regional anesthesia by their portrayals in meta-analyses: an alternative view on recent progress. BMC Anesthesiol. 2017 Aug 29; 17(1):112. PMID: 28851295.
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  2. Ažman J, Stopar Pintaric T, Cvetko E, Vlassakov K. Ultrasound-Guided Glossopharyngeal Nerve Block: A Cadaver and a Volunteer Sonoanatomy Study. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2017 Mar/Apr; 42(2):252-258. PMID: 28195898.
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  3. Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. Trends in Academic Interest Indicate a Constantly Declining Choice of Anesthetics: In Response to Dhillon and Butterworth. J Anesth Hist. 2016 Oct; 2(4):151-152. PMID: 27852464.
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  4. Ende D, Gabriel RA, Vlassakov KV, Dutton RP, Urman RD. Epidemiologic data and trends concerning the use of regional anaesthesia for shoulder arthroscopy in the United States of America. Int Orthop. 2016 Oct; 40(10):2105-2113. PMID: 27566321.
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  5. Edrich T, Stopfkuchen-Evans M, Scheiermann P, Heim M, Chan W, Stone MB, Dankl D, Aichner J, Hinzmann D, Song P, Szabo AL, Frendl G, Vlassakov K, Varelmann D. A Comparison of Web-Based with Traditional Classroom-Based Training of Lung Ultrasound for the Exclusion of Pneumothorax. Anesth Analg. 2016 Jul; 123(1):123-8. PMID: 27159073.
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  6. Hadzic A, Vandepitte C, Salti A, Boons J, Vlassakov K, Clark T. Ultrasound Evaluation of Focal Neuropathies: Correlation with Electrodiagnosis. Anesthesiology. 2016 Jun; 124(6):1420. PMID: 27187133.
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  7. Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. Changes in Publication-Based Academic Interest in Local Anesthetics Over the Past 50 Years. J Anesth Hist. 2016 Jul; 2(3):73-8. PMID: 27480472.
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  8. Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. Decline in the Development of New Anesthetics. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2016 May; 37(5):344-52. PMID: 26922254.
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  9. Zinboonyahgoon N, Vlassakov K, Abrecht CR, Srinivasan S, Narang S. Brachial Plexus Block for Cancer-Related Pain: A Case Series. Pain Physician. 2015 Sep-Oct; 18(5):E917-24. PMID: 26431146.
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  10. Stopar-Pintaric T, Vlassakov K, Azman J, Cvetko E. The thyrohyoid membrane as a target for ultrasonography-guided block of the internal branch of the superior laryngeal nerve. J Clin Anesth. 2015 Nov; 27(7):548-52. PMID: 26297210.
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  11. Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. A quest to increase safety of anesthetics by advancements in anesthesia monitoring: scientometric analysis. Drug Des Devel Ther. 2015; 9:2599-608. PMID: 26005336; PMCID: PMC4433046.
  12. Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. Scientometrics of anesthetic drugs and their techniques of administration, 1984-2013. Drug Des Devel Ther. 2014; 8:2463-73. PMID: 25525336; PMCID: PMC4267516.
  13. Delaney RA, Freehill MT, Janfaza DR, Vlassakov KV, Higgins LD, Warner JJ. 2014 Neer Award Paper: neuromonitoring the Latarjet procedure. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Oct; 23(10):1473-80. PMID: 24950948.
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  14. Vlassakov KV, Zinner MJ. Putting the patient first. Ann Surg. 2014 Jun; 259(6):1070-2. PMID: 24814504.
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  15. Correll DJ, Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. No evidence of real progress in treatment of acute pain, 1993-2012: scientometric analysis. J Pain Res. 2014; 7:199-210. PMID: 24748816; PMCID: PMC3990387.
  16. Voscopoulos C, Palaniappan D, Zeballos J, Ko H, Janfaza D, Vlassakov K. The ultrasound-guided retrolaminar block. Can J Anaesth. 2013 Sep; 60(9):888-95. PMID: 23797663.
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  17. Zeballos JL, Voscopoulos C, Kapottos M, Janfaza D, Vlassakov K. Ultrasound-guided retrolaminar paravertebral block. Anaesthesia. 2013 Jun; 68(6):649-51. PMID: 23662765.
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  18. Kamen V. Vlassakov, Sanjeet Narang and Igor Kissin. Cutaneous Anesthesia in Neuropathic Pain: Systematic Analysis. J Anesthe Clinic Res. 2012; 3(3).
  19. Guidelines for fellowship training in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine: Second Edition, 2010. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2011 May-Jun; 36(3):282-8. PMID: 21519314.
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  20. Vlassakov KV, Narang S, Kissin I. Local anesthetic blockade of peripheral nerves for treatment of neuralgias: systematic analysis. Anesth Analg. 2011 Jun; 112(6):1487-93. PMID: 21372279.
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  21. Patricio Leyton, Gian Paolo Volpato, and Kamen V. Vlassakov. Essential Clinical Anesthesia edited by Charles A. Vacanti, Pankaj K. Sikka, Richard D. Urman, Mark Dershwitz, B. Scott Segal. Anesthesia for common orthopedic procedures. 2011.
  22. Abdel-Kader Mehio and Kamen V. Vlassakov, editors. Essential Clinical Anesthesia edited by Charles A. Vacanti, Pankaj K. Sikka, Richard D. Urman, Mark Dershwitz, B. Scott Segal. Part 22 - Anesthesia for Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery. 2011.
  23. Vlassakov KV, Bhavani K. The forearm tourniquet Bier block. Logic and authority versus science and experience. Minerva Anestesiol. 2010 Feb; 76(2):91-2. PMID: 20150848.
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  24. Peter Gerner, Kamen Vlasakov, Thomas Edrich. In Interventional Spine: An Algorithmic Approach by Slipman CW, Derby R, Simeone FA, Mayer, TG. Pharmacology of Local Anesthetics. 2008.
  25. Gerner P, Mujtaba M, Khan M, Sudoh Y, Vlassakov K, Anthony DC, Wang GK. N-phenylethyl amitriptyline in rat sciatic nerve blockade. Anesthesiology. 2002 Jun; 96(6):1435-42. PMID: 12170057.
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  26. Corn, SB M.D., Vlassakov, KV M.D., Hsu, L M.D., Concepcion, MA M.D. Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. Interventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Distribution of Local Anesthetics during the Placement of Interscalene Brachial Plexus Blocks. 1999; 3S(24):Supplement 1:55.
  27. Yentis SM, Vlassakov KV. Vassily von Anrep, forgotten pioneer of regional anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 1999 Mar; 90(3):890-5. PMID: 10078692.
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