Veena Graff, MD, MS

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care
CPORT Scholar, Penn Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation, University of Pennsylvania
Senior Fellow , Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Division Chief of Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship Program Director for Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Perioperative Pain Management Lead, Penn Medicine Opioid Task Force, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Contact information
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
51 N. 39th Street 223 Wright-Saunders
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 662-8244
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

Mark D Neuman, Glyn Elwyn, Veena Graff, Viktoria Schmitz, Mary C Politi: My anesthesia Choice-HF: development and preliminary testing of a tool to facilitate conversations about anesthesia for hip fracture surgery. BMC Anesthesiology 2024.

Kelsey R. Lawrence, DO, MBS, Gautam Sharma, MD, and Veena Graff, MD, MS: The Pain Medicine Paradox: Why Women Avoid this Field, and What Can be Done About It ASRA Pain Medicine News November 2022 Notes: Lawrence KR, Sharma G, Graaf V. The pain medicine paradox: why women avoid this field, and what can be done about it. ASRA Pain Medicine News 2022;47.

Grosh, Taras; Kim, James; Graff, Veena; Mariano, Edward; Elkassabany, Nabil: Is there a correlation between Altmetric Attention Scores and citation count in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine journal articles? Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 47(10), May 2022 Notes: DOI:10.1136/rapm-2022-103554.

Veena Graff, Justin T Clapp, Sarah J Heins, Jamison J Chung, Madhavi Muralidharan, Lee A Fleisher, Nabil M Elkassabany: Patient Involvement in Anesthesia Decision-making: A Qualitative Study of Knee Arthroplasty. Anesthesiology 135(1): 111-121, Jul 2021 Notes: DOI: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003795; epub April 2021.

Carlson, Caitlin: "Can This Music Improve Your Health" Nike April 2021 Notes:

Jessica Delfino: I Sang Through Labor to Manage the Pain. New York Times March 2021 Notes:

Ochroch J, Qi V, Badiola I, Grosh T, Cai L, Graff V, Nelson C, Israelite C, Elkassabany NM.: Analgesic efficacy of adding the IPACK block to a multimodal analgesia protocol for primary total knee arthroplasty. Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine 45(10): 799-804, Oct 2020 Notes: DOI: 10.1136/rapm-2020-101558; epub August 2020.

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

Graff, Veena, Cai, Lu, Badiola, Ignacio, Elkassabany, Nabil : 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 April 2020.

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 45: 318, Mar 2020 Notes: DOI:10.1136/rapm-2019-101145; epub December 2020.

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