Building Bridges: ASRA Pain Medicine and ESRA's Path to Collective Success - ESRA

ESRA Updates

October 2023 | Issue 13

Building Bridges: ASRA Pain Medicine and ESRA’s Path to Collective Success

Thomas Volk (ESRA Past-President, Germany) @ThomasVolk16
David Provenzano (ASRA Pain Medicine President, USA) @DProvenzanoMD

In 2018, the Board of Directors of ASRA Pain Medicine and ESRA took a decisive step towards deepening their collaboration, aiming to elevate the standard of education and foster synergies in regional anesthesia and pain management. Recognizing that growth transcends individual achievements, the leadership of both societies acknowledged the power of unity. ASRA Pain Medicine and ESRA identified shared visions and missions, recognizing the potential for mutual benefit through the exchange of expertise and experiences. The camaraderie among ASRA Pain Medicine and ESRA members further facilitated this collaborative journey.

David Provenzano, ASRA Pain Medicine President, at the 6th World Congress on Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine (September 2023, Paris)

This strengthened alliance has yielded numerous accomplishments and educational initiatives. Notable among them are the joint development of guidelines, exemplified by the recent publication on the management of postural puncture headache in RAPM ( and JAMA ( The Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (RAPM) Editorial Board’s active involvement and the commitment to hosting RAPM scientific sessions at both societies’ meetings showcase the tangible outcomes of this collaboration.

The World Congress of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management (WCRAPM) in Paris marked a pivotal moment, where Professor Sam Eldabe shared his insights and aspirations for the journal’s growth. Dr. Sam Eldabe’s recent appointment as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of RAPM, working in tandem with Editor-in-Chief Dr. Brian Sites, underscores the commitment to excellence.

Thomas Volk, ESRA Past President, at the 6th World Congress on Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine (September 2023, Paris)

We express our gratitude to the ASRA Pain Medicine and ESRA newsletter committees and extend our sincere appreciation to the leadership of Drs. Vivian Ip, Anthony Machi, Clara Lobo, Nuala Lucas, Ana Patricia Martins Pereira, Peter Merjavy, Morné Wolmarans, José Aguirre, Steve Coppens, and Kris Vermeylen. Their invaluable contributions have made this collaboration possible by synergistically publishing articles regularly, creating an environment of continuous mutual learning. Going forward, this collaborative effort will be more regular in both the ASRA Pain Medicine Newsletter and the ESRA Updates, sharing our similarities and embracing our differences in regional anesthesia techniques as well as pain management.

Acknowledging the importance of representation, members from both societies are now part of each other’s meeting planning programs. Dr. Andrzej Krol represents ESRA at the ASRA Pain Medicine Fall 2023 Pain Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, while Dr. Sam Eldabe will take on the role of ESRA program committee representative at the Fall 2024 Pain Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A high point was the joint meeting of the ASRA Pain Medicine and ESRA Board of Directors at the WCRAPM, where enthusiasm, commitment, and delight were palpable. This enhanced partnership has kindled optimism for the future, with an eagerness to explore new opportunities for mutual growth. The shared passion for an enriched relationship fuels anticipation for the positive impact on pain education and treatment globally. We, Drs. David Provenzano and Thomas Volk, personally share this excitement and are hopeful for the promising works and projects that will unfold in the years ahead. Together, we are confident that our collaborative efforts will significantly elevate pain management on a global scale.

Topics: Sister Societies , ASRA , ESRA Updates , ASRA newsletter

ASRA-PM and ESRA's Path to Collective Success

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