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
Co-Chair, UPHS-wide Opioid Task Force, Inpatient Sector, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Division Chief of Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship Program Director for Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
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

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:

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.

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:

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

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

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