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Kamen V. Vlassakov, M.D.

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Biography
1992
Special Rector's Award - Graduatiing First in a class of 300
1993
First National Academic Award
2003
Faculty Award in Excellence
2011
Partners in Excellence Award - BWH Team Face Transplantation
2012
Faculty Award in Excellence
2014
Neer Award

Overview
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.
Teaching:
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. Woodworth G, Maniker RB, Spofford CM, Ivie R, Lunden NI, Machi AT, Elkassabany NM, Gritsenko K, Kukreja P, Vlassakov K, Tedore T, Schroeder K, Missair A, Herrick M, Shepler J, Wilson EH, Horn JL, Barrington M. Anesthesia residency training in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine: a competency-based model curriculum. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2020 Aug; 45(8):660-667. PMID: 32474420.
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  2. Vlassakov K, Vafai A, Ende D, Patton ME, Kapoor S, Chowdhury A, Macias A, Zeballos J, Janfaza DR, Pentakota S, Schreiber KL. A prospective, randomized comparison of ultrasonographic visualization of proximal intercostal block vs paravertebral block. BMC Anesthesiol. 2020 01 09; 20(1):13. PMID: 31918668.
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  3. Hshieh TT, Vasunilashorn SM, D'Aquila ML, Arnold SE, Dickerson BC, Fong TG, Jones RN, Marcantonio ER, Schmitt EM, Xu G, Gou Y, Chen F, Kunze LJ, Vlassakov KV, Abdeen AR, Lange JK, Earp BE, Touroutoglou A, Carlyle BC, Kivisakk-Webb P, Travison TG, Dillon ST, Libermann TA, Inouye SK. The Role of Inflammation after Surgery for Elders (RISE) study: Study design, procedures, and cohort profile. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2019 Dec; 11:752-762. PMID: 31737775.
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  4. Macfarlane AJR, Vlassakov K, Elkassabany N. Regional anesthesia for vascular surgery: does the anesthetic choice influence outcome? Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2019 Oct; 32(5):690-696. PMID: 31415047.
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  5. Daiello LA, Racine AM, Yun Gou R, Marcantonio ER, Xie Z, Kunze LJ, Vlassakov KV, Inouye SK, Jones RN, Alsop D, Travison T, Arnold S, Cooper Z, Dickerson B, Fong T, Metzger E, Pascual-Leone A, Schmitt EM, Shafi M, Cavallari M, Dai W, Dillon ST, McElhaney J, Guttmann C, Hshieh T, Kuchel G, Libermann T, Ngo L, Press D, Saczynski J, Vasunilashorn S, O'Connor M, Kimchi E, Strauss J, Wong B, Belkin M, Ayres D, Callery M, Pomposelli F, Wright J, Schermerhorn M, Abrantes T, Albuquerque A, Bertrand S, Brown A, Callahan A, D'Aquila M, Dowal S, Fox M, Gallagher J, Anna Gersten R, Hodara A, Helfand B, Inloes J, Kettell J, Kuczmarska A, Nee J, Nemeth E, Ochsner L, Palihnich K, Parisi K, Puelle M, Rastegar S, Vella M, Xu G, Bryan M, Guess J, Enghorn D, Gross A, Gou Y, Habtemariam D, Isaza I, Kosar C, Rockett C, Tommet D, Gruen T, Ross M, Tasker K, Gee J, Kolanowski A, Pisani M, de Rooij S, Rogers S, Studenski S, Stern Y, Whittemore A, Gottlieb G, Orav J, Sperling R. Postoperative Delirium and Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction: Overlap and Divergence. Anesthesiology. 2019 09; 131(3):477-491. PMID: 31166241.
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  6. Zinboonyahgoon N, Luksanapruksa P, Piyaselakul S, Pangthipampai P, Lohasammakul S, Luansritisakul C, Mali-Ong S, Sateantantikul N, Chueaboonchai T, Vlassakov K. The ultrasound-guided proximal intercostal block: anatomical study and clinical correlation to analgesia for breast surgery. BMC Anesthesiol. 2019 06 05; 19(1):94. PMID: 31164083.
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  7. Zinboonyahgoon N, Vlassakov K, Lirk P, Spivey T, King T, Dominici L, Golshan M, Strichartz G, Edwards R, Schreiber K. Benefit of regional anaesthesia on postoperative pain following mastectomy: the influence of catastrophising. Br J Anaesth. 2019 08; 123(2):e293-e302. PMID: 31331591.
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  8. Kissin I, Vlassakov KV. Pharmacological Basis of Anesthesia: How to Overcome Stagnation? Anesth Analg. 2018 11; 127(5):1268-1270. PMID: 29683831.
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  9. Vlassakov K, Lirk P, Rathmell JP. Intraneural Injection: Is the Jury Still Out? Anesthesiology. 2018 08; 129(2):221-224. PMID: 29933286.
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  10. Kolkailah AA, Hirji SA, Ejiofor JI, Ramirez Del Val F, Lee J, Norman AV, McGurk S, Mahmood S, Shook D, Vlassakov K, Nyman CB, Shah P, Pelletier MP, Kaneko T. Novel fast-track recovery protocol for alternative access transcatheter aortic valve replacement: application to non-femoral approaches. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2018 06 01; 26(6):938-943. PMID: 29365108.
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  11. Cole NM, Vlassakov K, Brovman EY, Heydarpour M, Urman RD. Regional Anesthesia for Arteriovenous Fistula Surgery May Reduce Hospital Length of Stay and Reoperation Rates. Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2018 Aug; 52(6):418-426. PMID: 29706126.
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  12. Correll DJ, Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. Recent History of Publication-Based Academic Interest in General Anesthetics. J Anesth Hist. 2018 Apr; 4(2):109-114. PMID: 29960673.
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  13. Damjanovska M, Stopar Pintaric T, Cvetko E, Vlassakov K. The ultrasound-guided retrolaminar block: volume-dependent injectate distribution. J Pain Res. 2018; 11:293-299. PMID: 29445296.
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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 10; 2(4):151-152. PMID: 27852464.
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  17. 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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  18. 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 07; 123(1):123-8. PMID: 27159073.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. 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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  20. Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. Changes in Publication-Based Academic Interest in Local Anesthetics Over the Past 50 Years. J Anesth Hist. 2016 07; 2(3):73-8. PMID: 27480472.
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  21. Vlassakov KV, Kissin I. Decline in the Development of New Anesthetics. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2016 05; 37(5):344-352. PMID: 26922254.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. 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.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. 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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  24. 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.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. 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.
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  26. 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.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Vlassakov KV, Zinner MJ. Putting the patient first. Ann Surg. 2014 Jun; 259(6):1070-2. PMID: 24814504.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. 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.
    Citations: 12     
  29. 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.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Zeballos JL, Voscopoulos C, Kapottos M, Janfaza D, Vlassakov K. Ultrasound-guided retrolaminar paravertebral block. Anaesthesia. 2013 Jun; 68(6):649-51. PMID: 23662765.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Kamen V. Vlassakov, Sanjeet Narang and Igor Kissin. Cutaneous Anesthesia in Neuropathic Pain: Systematic Analysis. J Anesthe Clinic Res. 2012; 3(3). View Publication.
  32. 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.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. 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.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  39. 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.
  40. Yentis SM, Vlassakov KV. Vassily von Anrep, forgotten pioneer of regional anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 1999 Mar; 90(3):890-5. PMID: 10078692.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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