2013 Symposium on Opiate Use

2013 Symposium on Opiate Use

The Multimodal Approach to Peri-operative Pain:
How to Decrease our Dependence on Opiates

November 9, 2013, at the University of Virginia Health System
Jordan Hall Conference Center

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Register for the conference online

Opiates are the most common cause of drug-induced adverse effects, both within and outside hospitals.

Despite the prevalence of these adverse effects, we commonly use opiates for the treatment of chronic pain in the peri-operative, intensive care, and in-patient settings.  What are the dangers, the costs, the alternatives?  Mark your calendars now for the Department of Anesthesiology's November 9 conference, Alternatives to Opiates in the Hospital Setting.

This one-day conference will bring together professionals across medical specialties and industry representatives to explore current practice and practical alternatives to the use of opiates. 

The conference is part of the department's continuing education offerings.  Because of the presence and support of our commercial partners, we cannot offer CME credits.  However, this support allows us to offer the conference to you free of charge.  We welcome attendants from all professions--anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists--as well as all levels of training, including students from the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

Guest Speakers

Laura D. Clark, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Director of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia. Department of Anesthesia. University of Louisville School of Medicine

Charles Brudney, MB BCh, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine, Medical Director, VA Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Duke University Medical Center

Brian Moran, RN, BSN, Medical Science Liaison, Cadence Pharmaceuticals

UVA Faculty

Dania C. Chastain, PhD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Director, Pain Psychology Division

Marcel E. Durieux, MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurological Surgery

Nancy B. Eksterowicz, MSN, RN-BC, APN, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Christina J. Hayhurst, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Nadia Lunardi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Stuart M. Lowson, MBBS, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Co-Director Surgical Critical Care

James B. Ray, PharmD, CPE, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, Pain and Palliative Care

John C. Rowlingson, MD. Cosmo A. DiFazio Professor of Anesthesiology, Director Acute Pain Service

Ashley M. Shilling, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery, Co-Director of Division of Regional Anesthesiology, Co-Director of Outpatient Surgical Center

David F. Volles, PharmD, Pharmacist

Register Now

In order to provide adequate supplies for lunch, we ask that you register in advance for the conference.  Use our handy web form. Walk-ins are welcome the day of the conference. 

Our Sponsors

We are grateful for the financial support of our generous sponsors.

Cadence Pharmaceuticals

Hospira Pharmaceuticals

Pacira Pharmaceuticals

Directions to the Conference

All conference sessions will be held at Jordan Hall Conference Center on the University of Virginia Health Sciences complex.  There is plentiful on-street parking within a short walk of the building, and parking is also available for a fee at parking lots and garages in the area, including the 11th St. Parking Garage.  The Lee St. Garage is reserved for patients and visitors.

Click here for a map of the Health System.  Jordan Hall is building #16.

For more information

Contact Stuart Lowson, Conference Director.