Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship

We offer a focused and comprehensive 12-month training program for our fellows.

We have a strong curriculum to meet the fellow’s Acute Pain Medicine training requirements. We generally follow the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Fellowship guideline, and we freely adapt this guideline to suit the individual needs of the fellow and the institution where he or she plans to practice. The emphasis is on being able to manage any clinical acute pain situation and to establish and maintain a mature Acute Pain Service.


Our fellowship's mission is to teach cutting-edge, safe and effective pain management skills to a new and diverse generation of anesthesiologists.

The Acute Pain Medicine Division


  1. Graduate fellowship-trained physicians in acute pain management with a focus on regional anesthesia.
  2. Graduate consultant-level practitioners in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine capable of independent practice.
  3. Graduate fellows who are inspired to be lifelong learners.


Sindhu Nimma being instructed in the O-R

Apart from teaching fellows to become true consultants, we also emphasize academic productivity. Our fellows are expected to participate in manuscript writing and to present their work at national or international meetings.

In the past, our fellows have also contributed numerous textbook chapters, review articles, and editorials. For this, we provide ample dedicated academic time and mentoring.

To prepare fellows in critical reading of the literature, we formally introduce them to the process of evaluating manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals for publication. (We are not involved in the treatment of chronic pain syndromes, but we do consult with patients with cancer pain and acute pain situations due to or resulting in chronic pain syndromes).

By the end of your fellowship year, you should have the following skills:

  • Be a true consultant in Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine. That would mean, among other skills:
    • Set up and manage an inpatient and outpatient Acute Pain Service
    • Be fully equipped to use nerve stimulators and ultrasound to place single-injection and continuous peripheral, paravertebral, and neuraxial blocks
    • Fully understand indications, risks, benefits, etc. of nerve blocks; when not to do blocks; and how to stay out of trouble
    • Teach, “trouble-shoot,” and “rescue” blocks
    • Optimally treat any form of acute pain, especially perioperative pain
  • Be an expert in regional anesthesia macro-, micro-, sono- and functional anatomy:
    • You will have access to cadaver dissections
    • Instruction and teaching of our residents
  • Consult with industry to develop new acute pain equipment
  • Critically read and evaluate manuscripts submitted pre- and post-publication
  • Understand the perioperative surgical issues of most surgical procedures

Each year, our faculty have been invited to speak and give workshops at local, state, national, and international meetings and Fellows are given the opportunity to travel with our faculty participants.

Our Training

Training involves both inpatient and outpatient acute and perioperative pain management.

We accept 6 Fellows per year.

Our fellows must be qualified to receive hospital privileges to work 20% of their time as OR Anesthesiology faculty.

This allows us to ease fellows into the consultant role, and it allows us to offer Fellows a more competitive salary.

We can accept international trainees who have an H1-B visa and can obtain an unrestricted Florida medical license.

Linda Le-Wendling, MD
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Program Director, Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship
Tel: (352) 265-0077

Soleil Schutte, MDSoleil Schutte, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Assistant Program Director, Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship
Tel: (352) 265-0077


Contact the Anesthesiology Education Office for more information.


A Q&A with Andrey Suprun, M.D.

Andrey Suprun, M.D., is currently a fellow in our Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship (RAAPM) Program, and will be joining us in…

Andrey Suprun, MD

Our Team

Svetlana Chembrovich

Svetlana Chembrovich MD

Assistant Professor Of Anesthesiology
Phone: (352) 273-8954
Barys V Ihnatsenka

Barys V Ihnatsenka MD

Associate Professor Of Anesthesiology
Phone: (352) 273-8954
Linda T Le-Wendling

Linda T Le-Wendling MD

Professor Of Anesthesiology; Director, Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program
Phone: (352) 273-8954
Isaac Luria

Isaac Luria MS, MD

Assistant Professor Of Anesthesiology
Phone: (352) 265-0077
Olga (Kiki) Nin

Olga (Kiki) Nin MD

Associate Professor Of Anesthesiology; Assistant Chair, Clinical Services; Medical Director, Florida Surgical Center & The Oaks
Phone: (352) 273-8954
Cameron R Smith

Cameron R Smith MD, PhD

Associate Professor Of Anesthesiology
Phone: (352) 273-8651
Patrick J Tighe

Patrick J Tighe MD, MS

Executive Director, Quality And Patient Safety Initiative (QPSi)
Phone: (352) 273-7844
Richa Wardhan

Richa Wardhan MD, FASA

Associate Professor Of Anesthesiology
Phone: (352) 273-8954
Yury Zasimovich

Yury Zasimovich MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology; Chief, Acute Pain Medicine Division
Phone: (352) 273-8954