Veena Graff, MD, MS

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Contact information
Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
223 Wright-Saunders
51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 662-7366
B.S. (Health Sciences)
Purdue University, 2006.
M.S. (Biology)
Purdue University, 2007.
Indiana University School of Medicine, 2011.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

General & Regional Anesthesiology
Acute & Chronic Pain Management
Non-Opioid Anesthetics
Multimodal analgesia techniques throughout the perioperative setting

Description of Research Expertise

Music Medicine in the Perioperative Setting
Decision Making in Acute & Chronic Pain Medicine
Opioid Free and Multimodal Anesthetics

Selected Publications

Carlson, Caitlin & Abramson, Stephanie: Wellness Music. Nike Training Journal January 2021.

Jenny Taitz : "Five-Minute Coronavirus Stress Resets - How to get unstuck from your anxiety." New York Times August 2020 Notes:

Priyanka Ghosh MD, Lynn Kohan MD, MS, Veena Graff MD, MS: Kambin’s Triangle Approach to Transforaminal Epidural Injections. American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (ASRA) E-newsletter February 2020 Notes:

Veena Graff, Lu Cai, Ignacio Badiola, Nabil M Elkassabany: Response to letter, ‘Music therapy as sole anxiolytic may not replace standard pharmaceutical agents, but it is definitely contributory’ by Dr Bhakta and Dr Harmon. Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine December 2019.

Dan Cook: Sounds of Sedation - Help Patients to Tune In to Tune Out. Outpatient Surgery Magazine October 2019 Notes:

Graff, Veena Cai, Lu Badiola, Ignacio Elkassabany, Nabil : Music versus midazolam during preoperative nerve block placements: a prospective randomized controlled study. Reg Anesth Pain Med 44: 796-799, July 2019.

BBC Reporter: Music 'calms nerves before surgery' BBC World News Live July 2019.

Philippa Roxby: Music 'calms nerves before surgery' as well as sedative. BBC News - Health July 2019 Notes:

Carolyn Crist: Music may work as well as meds to reduce anesthesia-related anxiety. Reuters 2019 Notes:

Stacey Burling: ‘World’s most relaxing song’ is an alternative to sedatives for surgical anxiety, Penn finds. The Philadelphia Inquirer 2019 Notes:

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Last updated: 02/15/2021
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