About

This site was established to serve as a source of information about Ultrasound Guided Continuous Nerve Blocks and related issues.

Our purpose is simple–to provide health care professionals with information and training on an array of Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Techniques, all taught by renowned Anesthesiologists.

As you explore the anesthesiauniverse.net environment, you’ll see a wealth of relevant content, all designed with one aim—to benefit caregivers and patients, alike. We provide custom videos, webinars, and information on Continuous Nerve Blocks, links to related educational sites and research, suggestions about how to institute a comprehensive nerve block program, and even a forum to post interesting studies and educational cases. You'll learn about techniques, contraindications, risk factors and pitfalls in Regional Anesthesia.

For the most up-to-date training, preview our videos, where anesthesiologists take you step by step through ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. Each video is available for purchase and download, so you can review the technique on your own computer. For unlimited access to the videos and webinars, become a member.

Our goal is that this site becomes your primary forum for the exchange of ideas in Regional Anesthesia and will advance everyone’s techniques and understanding of nerve block techniques.

Our Contributors:

Jessen Mukalel M.D.

Jessen Mukalel M.D. is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Texas Medical School in Houston and is Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Fellowship Director. He has delivered numerous lectures on Regional Anesthesiology for ASRA, ASA, and has conducted workshops on the topic.

Dr. Jeff Gonzales

Dr. Jeff Gonzales is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center and also served as Director of Anesthesia at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Chicago. He has served as a Clinical Instructor in Anesthesiology at Northwestern University and completed his Residency and Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He has delivered numerous lectures on Regional Anesthesiology for ASRA, ASA, and has conducted workshops on the topic.

Dr. Dickson Wu

Dr. Dickson Wu , Anesthesiologist with the NorthShore University Health System in Skokie, Illinois, has served on the faculty of Rush University Medical Center, and has served as the Director of Regional Anesthesia for NorthShore University Medical Center. He has lectured on Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks since 2006, and is a thought leader on Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks.

Dr. John Mrachek

Dr. John Mrachek has certification and Diplomate status from the American Board of Anesthesiology. After receiving his M.D. from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Mrachek interned at Hennepin County Medical Center, then completed a residency in Clinical Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota. In his distinguished career, he has served as the Medical School Admissions Committee Interviewer, Chief Resident of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota, and chaired the Search Committee for the Department. Currently with Northwest Anesthesia, P.A., at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Dr. Mrachek has taught at the University of Minnesota Medical School, St. John's University and The College of St. Benedict's (Minn.), and has presented at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Mayo Clinic. He serves as a consultant to Medtronic, Inc., and EV3, Inc.

Dr. Brandon Winchester

Dr. Brandon Winchester is Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Director at the Andrews Research and Education institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Dr. Winchister also served as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center where he specialized in Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks. He is Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations for DOCSTREAM Inc., a company whose mission is to deliver high definition live and on-demand multi-media medical education on the web. He has lectured on numerous occasions on Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks.

Gregory Hickman MD

Gregory Hickman MD Completed his residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham and now he is the Medical and Anesthesia Director at the Andrews Insitute. He has lectured on numerous occasion on Ultrasound Guided Continuous Nerve Blocks and is well known as a thought leader.

Mitchell Fingerman M.D.

Mitchell Fingerman M.D. received his Medical Degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and completed his Anesthesia Residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, he then completed a Fellowship in Ambulatory/Regional Anesthesia at Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC.