The Anesthesiology Institute (AI) at Cleveland Clinic offers two ACGME accredited positions for a one year fellowship in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine. The goal of this fellowship is to graduate anesthesiologists skilled in regional anesthesia and acute postoperative pain management who will have the requisite skills to become academic leaders and/or become directors of regional anesthesia and acute pain services. Cleveland Clinic is a trusted healthcare leader. We're recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for our expertise and care.

Our programs mission is to provide multimodal, state of the art, analgesic techniques including regional anesthesia to patients undergoing different surgical procedures in collaboration with the surgical teams. Patients first is our priority while maintaining our professional integrity and collegiality. Investigate the scientific basis for regional anesthesia and acute post-surgical pain care and develop leaders in research and education in the field of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine through subspecialty training. We strive to educate caregivers as well as patients and their families on post-surgical pain and the different options and modern techniques available to safely and effectively manage it.

Program Contacts

Sree Kolli, MD - Program Director, Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship 

Sree Kolli, MD
Program Director, Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship
Email: KOLLIS@ccf.org

Mickeyla Patterson
Program Coordinator, Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship
Email: Patterm2@ccf.org

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By the end of the training year, the fellows are expected to:

  • Independently perform comprehensive assessments and serve as a consultant for various perioperative pain management treatments for surgical patients with or without underlying chronic pain conditions.
  • Independently perform neuraxial and peripheral regional anesthesia techniques including but not limited to:
    • Spinal anesthesia
    • Lumbar and thoracic epidural anesthesia
    • Upper Extremity blocks above and below the clavicle
    • Lower Extremity blocks
    • Trunk blocks
  • Formulate a comprehensive multimodal analgesic plan relevant to a wide variety of surgical procedures.
  • Guide and assist junior residents in the performance of regional anesthesia procedures under Ultrasound-guidance and peripheral nerve stimulation.
  • Independently identify, evaluate and manage perianesthetic complications related to regional anesthesia and analgesic medications.
  • Formulate and implement analgesic plans that include consideration of medical, anesthetic and surgical risk factors, as well as patient preference, for complex patients and procedures.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills to coordinate team based patient care amongst various surgical teams.
  • Participates in performance improvement efforts to improve patient outcomes.
  • Understand the role of the acute pain service within the healthcare system and use system resources to facilitate patient care and optimize cost effective and safe longitudinal perioperative care for surgical patients.
  • Understand healthcare costs and billing for acute pain care services.
  • Design and engage in a relevant research project.


Candidates for the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship must meet the minimum requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed an anesthesiology residency program accredited by one of the following:
    • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
    • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education- International (ACGME-I)
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or CFPC-accredited residency program located in Canada
  • USMLE steps 1, 2 and 3 completion
  • Be eligible for a temporary unrestrictive Ohio medical license
Application Process

Application Process


Two positions are available on a competitive basis each year in the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic's main campus in Cleveland, Ohio.


To be eligible for the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship, you must have successfully completed four years of residency training at an accredited academic medical center.

How to apply

You must apply through SF Match, a third-party application service. Please do not send materials to Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic's academic year begins in July. You must submit a completed application form and all required documentation no later than May 1 the year preceding the program start date.

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Visit https://www.sfmatch.org.
  2. Schedule an interview appointment through SF Match.

The following application materials must be included in your CV:

  • Personal statement.
  • USMLE and in-training scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from the Program Director).
  • In-training examination scores.
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable).

Interviews are conducted from March 1 through May 31 each year.



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