Overview

The Preoperative Assessment, Communication and Education Center provides access to perioperative services where medical staff evaluate and optimize patients for surgery.

A complete preoperative assessment may include:

  • A patient history and physical exam
  • Laboratory testing, as needed
  • An electrocardiogram, echocardiogram or chest radiograph, as needed
  • Collection of documentation from outside facilities

Senior anesthesiology residents spend four weeks and junior residents spend one week in PACE, directly supported by anesthesiology faculty, learning the principles of cost-effective, evidence-based preoperative evaluation.

Appointments are held Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at three Richmond area locations. Visits typically last 45 minutes.

 

Safe Surgery Intake Process

We have increased our cleaning and disinfecting measures to make sure our hospitals and clinics provide a safe environment for your care.

Join Dr. Tamara Lawson as she walks you through the safety measures VCU Health is taking when you arrive downtown for surgery or a non-surgical procedure.

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Contact Us

VCU PACE Center Office Address and Contact Information

PHONE NUMBERS:

(804) 828-4396 (Front Desk)
(804) 828-3453 (Appointments)
(804) 828-0463 (Fax)

MAILING ADDRESS:
Box 980148    
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0148

Locations

Downtown
Gateway Building, 1st Floor
1200 East Marshall Street
(804) 828-4396
(804) 828-0463 (fax)
 

NOW Center
11958 W. Broad Street
Second Floor, Buttermilk Trail
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 364-6619
 

Stony Point
9000 Stony Point Parkway
Second Floor, Pauley Heart
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 998-1253
 

Anesthesiologists

Shilen P. Thakrar, M.D.

Shilen P. Thakrar, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Shilen P. Thakrar, M.D.

Shilen P. Thakrar, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S. Biochemistry (University of California, Los Angeles)
Graduate: M.D. (VCU School of Medicine)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Albany Medical Center)

Email: shilen.thakrar@vcuhealth.org

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Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D.

Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D.

Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., Biomedical Science, Lynchburg College
Graduate: M.D., St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
Residency: Anesthesiology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Interests: General Anesthesia, Transplant Anesthesia, Trauma

Email: brian.cocchiola@vcuhealth.org

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Catherine Cooper, M.D.

Catherine Cooper, M.D.

Associate Professor

Catherine Cooper, M.D.

Catherine Cooper, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.A. Psychology, University of North Carolina
Graduate: M.D., University of North Carolina
Residency: Anesthesiology, University of Virginia
Interests: Transplant, Vascular, Preoperative Evaluation, Safety & Quality Assurance

Email: catherine.cooper@vcuhealth.org

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Geoffrey Fisher, M.D.

Geoffrey Fisher, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Geoffrey Fisher, M.D.

Geoffrey Fisher, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas)
Graduate: M.S., Mechanical Engineering (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas); M.D. (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: Transplant Anesthesia, TEE for non-cardiac Surgery

Email: geoffrey.fisher@vcuhealth.org

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John Heath, M.D.

John Heath, M.D.

Assistant Professor

John Heath, M.D.

John Heath, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: BS in Biology (Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL)
Graduate: MD (The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK)
Residency: Anesthesiology (The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL)
(No fellowship)
Interests: Neuroanesthesiology, POCUS, ERAS, Crisis Management in Anesthesiology

Email: john.heath@vcuhealth.org

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Gordon Kerr, MBBCh

Gordon Kerr, MBBCh

Assistant Professor

Gordon Kerr, MBBCh

Gordon Kerr, MBBCh

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Ambulatory Surgery Center
Graduate Degree: MBBCh (Univ of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Univ of Natal, Durban, South Africa)
Interests: Regional, Ambulatory, Acupuncture

Email: gordon.kerr@vcuhealth.org

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Tamara D. Lawson, M.D.

Tamara D. Lawson, M.D.

Associate Professor

Tamara D. Lawson, M.D.

Tamara D. Lawson, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., Biological Sciences (Univ of Maryland Baltimore Co., MD)
Graduate: Master of Public Health; M.D. (VCU Sch of Medicine, Richmond, VA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center)
Interests: Ultra Sound Guided Regional Anesthesia

Email: tamara.lawson@vcuhealth.org

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Spencer Liebman, M.D.

Spencer Liebman, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Spencer Liebman, M.D.

Spencer Liebman, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S.-Biology (Trinity College, Hartford CT)
Graduate: M.D. (State University of New York Downstate, College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY)
Residencies: Internal Medicine (Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, J Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program); Anesthesiology (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA)
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (VCU School of Medicine)
Interests: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Email: spencer.liebman@vcuhealth.org

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Maliha Nowrouz, M.D.

Maliha Nowrouz, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Maliha Nowrouz, M.D.

Maliha Nowrouz, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S. Business Information Technology (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA)
Graduate: M.D. (Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU)
Fellowship: Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine (VCU)
Interests: Regional, resident education, ERAS

Email: maliha.nowrouz@vcuhealth.org

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Kenny Potter, M.D.

Kenny Potter, M.D.

Assistant professor

Kenny Potter, M.D.

Kenny Potter, M.D.

Assistant professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S. Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Neuropsychology (Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA)
Graduate: M.D. (The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, PA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA)
Interests: Critical Care Medicine, Perioperative Ultrasonography

Email: kenneth.potter@vcuhealth.org

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Praveen Prasanna, M.D.

Praveen Prasanna, M.D.

Associate Professor, Residency Program Director

Praveen Prasanna, M.D.

Praveen Prasanna, M.D.

Associate Professor, Residency Program Director

Department of Anesthesiology

Interim Residency Program Director
Graduate: MBBS, Bachelor of Surgery (Medical College Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India)
Post Doctoral Training: Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FCARCSI) (Royal College of Anaesthetists United Kingdom)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Baystate Medical Center, Springfield MA)
Interests: Regional and General Anesthesia

Email: praveen.prasanna@vcuhealth.org

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Christa L. Riley, M.D.

Christa L. Riley, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Christa L. Riley, M.D.

Christa L. Riley, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., Engineering (Tulane University, New Orleans LA)
Graduate: M.D. (VCU School of Medicine, Richmond VA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: Regional Anesthesia, General Anesthesia, Patient Safety

Email: christa.riley@vcuhealth.org

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Michael Scott, M.B., Ch.B.

Michael Scott, M.B., Ch.B.

Professor

Michael Scott, M.B., Ch.B.

Michael Scott, M.B., Ch.B.

Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Email: michael.j.scott@vcuhealth.org

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Olga Suarez-Winowiski, M.D.

Olga Suarez-Winowiski, M.D.

Assistant Professor, PACE Medical Director

Olga Suarez-Winowiski, M.D.

Olga Suarez-Winowiski, M.D.

Assistant Professor, PACE Medical Director

Department of Anesthesiology

Medical Director of PACE Clinic, Director of Global Anesthesia Program
Undergraduate: B.S. Biology (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Mexico)
Graduate: M.D. (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Mexico)
Perinatal Anesthesia Fellowship, INPER Mexico
Graduate: MSc Health Services Administration (University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: Perioperative Medicine. ERAS and prehabilitation. Complex maternal cases. Global anesthesia education

Email: olga.suarez-winowiski@vcuhealth.org

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Vishal Yajnik, M.D., M.S.

Vishal Yajnik, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Vishal Yajnik, M.D., M.S.

Vishal Yajnik, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.A., Public Health (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD)
Graduate: M.S., Physiology & Biophysics (Georgetown University, Washington, DC; M.D. (VCU School of Medicine)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA)
Interests: Neurocritical Care, Quality Improvement, and Serious Illness Conversations

Email: vishal.yajnik@vcuhealth.org

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Advanced Level Providers

Kathleen Allen, NP

Kathleen Allen, NP

Kathleen Allen, NP

Kathleen Allen, NP

Department of Anesthesiology

Scottie Bowie, CRNA

Scottie Bowie, CRNA

Scottie Bowie, CRNA

Scottie Bowie, CRNA

Department of Anesthesiology

Elias D’Alessio, NP

Elias D’Alessio, NP

Elias D’Alessio, NP

Elias D’Alessio, NP

Department of Anesthesiology

Christina Foster, NP

Christina Foster, NP

Christina Foster, NP

Christina Foster, NP

Department of Anesthesiology

Ann Ripley, NP

Ann Ripley, NP

Ann Ripley, NP

Ann Ripley, NP

Department of Anesthesiology

Julie Varnier, PA

Julie Varnier, PA

Julie Varnier, PA

Julie Varnier, PA

Department of Anesthesiology