The Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia Lab

Star Award Group photo


Dr. Hutchins

Dr. Hutchins is an anesthesiologist who completed his residency at the University of Minesota Medical School. He uses different techniques and approaches with each type of surgery and he and his team are on the cutting edge of regional anesthesia pain control and therapy.

Areas of Research Focus

  • Strategies for postoperative pain management in total shoulder arthroplasty (VA)

  • Safety and success of orthopedic surgery under regional anesthesia as the primary anesthetic (VA)

  • Perioperative care of patients on naltrexone and suboxone (VA)

  • Phantom limb pain following amputation (VA)

  • Perioperative care of patients on opiate antagonists/partial agonists (VA)

The Team

The Minneapolis Veteran’s Affairs Anesthesiology Department’s Acute Regional Pain Service Team:

  • Brian Tolly, MD
  • Patrick Kelly, FACHE
  • Garrett Peterson, CRNA
  • Amr Waly, MD
  • Thomas Rubenzer, CRNA
  • Jorge Rocha, MD
  • Steve Santilli, MD
  • Dustin Palm, MD
  • Kara Morningstar, CRNA
  • Jeremy Anderson, CRNA
  • Eric Swanlund, CRNA
  • Jill Lange, CRNA
  • Lida Trillos, MD
  • Elizabeth Webber, MD
  • Ioanna Apostolidou, MD
  • Jake Hutchins, MD
  • Teri Thomey, RN
  • Lori Barker, RN
  • Sara Johnson, RN

Previous Work

The Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia team won second place for the Star Award from VISN 23 for implementation and expansion of acute regional pain service at the Minneapolis VA Hospital. They were also runner up in the National VA Shank Tank Competition. Read more about this team and their work.