Welcome to the Division of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

The Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine group is divided into Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management and Chronic and Interventional Pain Medicine, with complementary but different primary focus. We provide both inpatient and outpatient services for a large referral base.

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain

As a diverse group of regional anesthesiologists, we take great pride in our commitment to improve acute pain in surgical patients, as well as in those patients hospitalized with chronic pain conditions. These goals are central to our division’s overall mission of education, research and service.

All of our division faculty are board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists.

VCU Health System is a high volume center, and we perform over 5,000 regional anesthesia procedures a year. We strive to provide innovative patient care, in collaboration with our surgical and medical team colleagues. Our division is also dedicated to providing cohesive and modern educational and training experiences to our residents and regional anesthesia fellows. Every year, we represent VCU Health System with posters and presentations of our research at meetings such as the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, International Anesthesia Research Society and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The broad extent of our patient care and training include the following:

  • Regional Anesthesia for both adult and pediatric patients
    • Neuraxial anesthesia, including spinals, epidurals, and combined spinal epidurals
    • Upper and lower extremity nerve blocks
    • Truncal nerve blocks
    • Ambulatory nerve catheter infusions
  • Multimodal anesthesia
    • Multimodal pain management therapies
    • Ketamine infusions
    • Lidocaine infusions
  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions
  • Holistic therapies
    • Acupuncture
  • Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and simulation education
Laura Lahaye, M.D.

Laura Lahaye, M.D.

Associate Professor

Laura Lahaye, M.D.

Laura Lahaye, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Associate Professor; Director of Acute Pain Service
Undergraduate: B.S. (Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD)
Graduate: M.D. (UVA, Charlottesville, VA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH)
Interests: Regional Anesthesia, General Anesthesia

Email: laura.lahaye@vcuhealth.org

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Bryant Tran, M.D.

Bryant Tran, M.D.

Associate Professor

Bryant Tran, M.D.

Bryant Tran, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Associate Professor; Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Director
Undergraduate: B.S., Wake Forest University
Graduate: M.D., Wake Forest University
Internship: Internal Medicine, Wake Forest University
Residency: Anesthesiology, University of Virginia
Fellowship: Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine, Stanford University
Interests: Regional Anesthesia, Transplant Anesthesia, Acute Pain Management

Email: bryant.tran@vcuhealth.org

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John Burgner, M.D.

John Burgner, M.D.

Assistant Professor

John Burgner, M.D.

John Burgner, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Director of PACU; Assistant Professor; Advisor to Anesthesiology Student Interest Group
Undergraduate: B.S., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Graduate: M.D., Indiana University
Residency: Anesthesiology, Indiana University
Interests: Acute Pain Management, Liver Transplant

Email: john.burgner@vcuhealth.org

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Michael Buxhoeveden, M.D.

Michael Buxhoeveden, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Michael Buxhoeveden, M.D.

Michael Buxhoeveden, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., Villanova University
Graduate: M.S., Georgetown University
Graduate: M.D., Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School
Residency: Anesthesiology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Fellowship: Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University
Interests: Regional Anesthesia, Perioperative Ultrasound

Fax: 804-828-8300

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Cedric H. Campbell, M.D.

Cedric H. Campbell, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Cedric H. Campbell, M.D.

Cedric H. Campbell, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., Medical Tech, Union College
Graduate: M.D., University of Illinois
Internship: Family Medicine, St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Residency: Anesthesiology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Interests: General Anesthesia

Email: cedric.campbell@vcuhealth.org

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Deanna Couser, M.D.

Deanna Couser, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Deanna Couser, M.D.

Deanna Couser, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.Sc–Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Graduate: M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: Anesthesiology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, University of North Carolina
Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia

Email: deanna.couser@vcuhealth.org

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Sabrina Dhillon, M.D.

Sabrina Dhillon, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Sabrina Dhillon, M.D.

Sabrina Dhillon, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., Chemistry, University of Virginia
Graduate: M.D., M.Sc., Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency: Anesthesiology, University of Virginia

Email: sabrina.dhillon@vcuhealth.org

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David Moffatt, M.D.

David Moffatt, M.D.

Assistant Professor

David Moffatt, M.D.

David Moffatt, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Email: david.moffatt@vcuhealth.org

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Jay Napoleon, M.D.

Jay Napoleon, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Jay Napoleon, M.D.

Jay Napoleon, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S. Mechanical Engineering (MIT, Cambridge, MA)
Graduate: M.D. (VCU Medical Center)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship: Pain Management (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: Acute Pain Management, Regional Anesthesia

Email: jay.napoleon@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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Astrid Overholt, M.D.

Astrid Overholt, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Astrid Overholt, M.D.

Astrid Overholt, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Email: astrid.overholt@vcuhealth.org

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Praveen Prasanna, M.D.

Praveen Prasanna, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Interim Program Director

Praveen Prasanna, M.D.

Praveen Prasanna, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Interim 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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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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Matthew Torre, D.O.

Matthew Torre, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Matthew Torre, D.O.

Matthew Torre, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Email: matthew.torre@vcuhealth.org

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Chronic and Interventional Pain Medicine

The focus of our Chronic and Interventional Pain group is to treat pain that extends beyond the perioperative area, whereby the pain may have its origins in post-surgical causes, cancer, chronic disease, or often, idiopathic conditions. The focus is on restorative therapies that return the patient to healthy adaptive lifestyles without the burden of debilitating pain.

All of our division faculty are board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists, the

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or other member boards with added

qualifications in pain medicine. VCU Health System has a balanced, interdisciplinary approach to chronic pain care that utilizes interventional and operative approaches, psychological techniques, physical therapies, pharmacological approaches and alternative approaches such as acupuncture, nutritional care and wellness, all utilized in a comprehensive patient-centered care plan. We train four clinical Chronic and Interventional Pain fellows each year and have a large national presence. Our group produces national level research and strives to continue to find innovative ways to help treat our patients and advance the science of pain care.

Examples of the techniques utilized include:

  • Interventional image-guided spinal procedures such as epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation; sympathetic blocks
  • Operative implants: Peripheral nerve stimulators, spinal and dorsal root ganglion stimulators, and intraspinal drug delivery pumps
  • Hypnosis, mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavioral and interdisciplinary neuroscience education
  • Pharmacologic therapies primarily using neuromodulating agents and non-opioid therapies
  • Alternative therapies including acupuncture and many others
Marc A. Huntoon, M.D.

Marc A. Huntoon, M.D.

Professor

Marc A. Huntoon, M.D.

Marc A. Huntoon, M.D.

Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S. Biology (Alma College, Alma, MI)
Graduate: M.D. (Wayne State University, Detroit, MI)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Virginia)
Fellowship: Pain Medicine (Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Virginia)
Interests: Interventional Pain Complications, Medical Editing, Neuromodulation, Cancer Pain

Email: marc.huntoon@vcuhealth.org

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Elizabeth Huntoon, M.S., M.D.

Elizabeth Huntoon, M.S., M.D.

Associate professor

Elizabeth Huntoon, M.S., M.D.

Elizabeth Huntoon, M.S., M.D.

Associate professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Clinical – NOW Center

Phone: (804) 360-4669

Email: elizabeth.huntoon@vcuhealth.org

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Andrew W. Chapman, M.D.

Andrew W. Chapman, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Andrew W. Chapman, M.D.

Andrew W. Chapman, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., Biology, Washington and Lee University
Graduate: M.D., University at Buffalo School of Medicine
Internship: Transitional Intern, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
Residency: Anesthesiology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Fellowship: Interventional Pain, Rush University Medical Center
Interests: Neuromodulation, Cancer Pain

Email: andrew.chapman@vcuhealth.org

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Bradley Stovall, D.O.

Bradley Stovall, D.O.

Assistant professor

Bradley Stovall, D.O.

Bradley Stovall, D.O.

Assistant professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Clinical - NOW Center

Phone: (804) 360-4669

Email: bradley.stovall@vcuhealth.org

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Mary Wells, Ph.D.

Mary Wells, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Mary Wells, Ph.D.

Mary Wells, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Email: mary.wells@vcuhealth.org

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