The vision of our International Obstetric Anesthesia Division (IOAD) is to provide expert teachers, clinicians and innovators to under-served global communities, delivering updates in obstetric anesthesia care and standardization of medical practices. Through extensive collaboration with our global partners, we hope to provide the highest standards of medical care and education while affording a rich cultural and educational experience for our residents and clinical staff. The core goals of the IOAD mirror that of the Johns Hopkins Hospital strategic plan comprising people, biomedical discovery, patient and family centered care, education, integration and performance.

Where We’ve Been

Dayanand Medical Center Operation Walk Orthopaedic Surgical Mission

India JP.07282016Collaborated with Operation walk MD, a not-for-profit, volunteer medical service organization that provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries and in the United States. This organization treats those suffering from disabling arthritis and other debilitating bone and joint conditions. Our mission is to help those who have little to no access to life-improving care. All care including joint replacement implants are provided at no cost. This is possible through the generous donations of our individual and corporate supporters.

Our team and the Operation Walk Maryland team members educate orthopedic surgeons and anesthesiologist about advanced surgical and regional anesthesia techniques, disease treatments, and recovery procedures for hip and knee joint conditions. (2011, 2012)

Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center Global Health Initiative: Obstetric Anesthesia Outreach

China Group.07282016Collaborated with No Pain Labor & Delivery – Global Health Initiative (NPLD-GHI) began in 2008 with a goal to improve sustainable clinical labor outcomes by increasing the labor epidural analgesia rate by 10% through establishing 10 training centers within 10 years. The hypothesis was that the introduction and support of safe labor analgesia would reduce the cesarean delivery rate and result in better labor outcomes for mother and fetus. Mentoring in safe and effective labor epidural analgesia was introduced and implemented through week-long, well-structured, problem-based learning sessions with daily debriefings with multidisciplinary approach. (2012)

Liuzhou Women & Children’s Hospital Global Health Initiative: Obstetric Anesthesia Outreach

China OR Group.07282016Collaborated with No Pain Labor & Delivery – Global Health Initiative (NPLD-GHI) began in 2008 with a goal to improve sustainable clinical labor outcomes by increasing the labor epidural analgesia rate by 10% through establishing 10 training centers within 10 years. The hypothesis was that the introduction and support of safe labor analgesia would reduce the cesarean delivery rate and result in better labor outcomes for mother and fetus. Mentoring in safe and effective labor epidural analgesia was introduced and implemented through week-long, well-structured, problem-based learning sessions with daily debriefings with multidisciplinary approach. (2013)

Collaborated with physicians and administration at the FV Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to organize a comprehensive ultrasound for regional anesthesia seminar. This workshop provided didactic and hands on training sessions. (2013)

Collaborated with New York School of Regional Anesthesia (NYSORA) for their NYSORA Asia K2 Mission. NYSORA Asia is a philanthropic educational outreach program offering CME accredited courses in anesthesiology. Currently in its 7th year NYSORA Asia has provided didactic and hands on training to over 2000 anesthesiologists in Asia. Subsidized registration fees for developing countries and training for local instructors are provided. (2014)

Collaborated with New York School of Regional Anesthesia (NYSORA) for their NYSORA Asia K2 Mission. NYSORA Asia is a philanthropic educational outreach program. NYSORA Asia has provided didactic and hands on training to over 2000 anesthesiologists in Asia. www.nysoraasia.com  (2014)

Tawam Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine Regional Anesthesia, Acute Pain and Obstetric Anesthesia Educational Programs

UAE Group.07282016The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a population of 5.6 million with a crude birth rate of 15.54 births/1,000 population. While the World Health Organization has a target of 15 to 20% for Cesarean section deliveries in any region, it is more than double that amount in some regions of the UAE. Furthermore, the rates of neuraxial analgesia for vaginal delivery is much below the international standards with rates as low as 3-6% in some areas. The Johns Hopkins division of International Obstetric Anesthesia has been in collaboration with Tawam Hospital in Al Ain to examine the possible reasons and barriers in using labor epidurals. For the past three years, we have sent two senior anesthesiology residents to Tawam Hospital to collect data on the labor and delivery wards as well as promote education on labor epidurals amongst both patients and medical providers. The goal is to increase neuraxial labor analgesia by eventually establishing an independent obstetrical anesthesia team that can work alongside the obstetric doctors and midwives. (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Weixian People’s Hospital Obstetric Anesthesia Outreach

Collaborated with No Pain Labor & Delivery – Global Health Initiative (NPLD-GHI) began in 2008 with a goal to improve sustainable clinical labor outcomes by increasing the labor epidural analgesia rate by 10% through establishing 10 training centers within 10 years. The hypothesis was that the introduction and support of safe labor analgesia would reduce the cesarean delivery rate and result in better labor outcomes for mother and fetus. Mentoring in safe and effective labor epidural analgesia was introduced and implemented through week-long, well-structured, problem-based learning sessions with daily debriefings with multidisciplinary approach. (2014)

Anhui Women and Child Health Care Hospital Obstetric Anesthesia Outreach

Collaborated with No Pain Labor & Delivery – Global Health Initiative (NPLD-GHI) began in 2008 with a goal to improve sustainable clinical labor outcomes by increasing the labor epidural analgesia rate by 10% through establishing 10 training centers within 10 years. The hypothesis was that the introduction and support of safe labor analgesia would reduce the cesarean delivery rate and result in better labor outcomes for mother and fetus. Mentoring in safe and effective labor epidural analgesia was introduced and implemented through week-long, well-structured, problem-based learning sessions with daily debriefings with multidisciplinary approach. (2015)

Where We’re Going

Orthopedic Mission

Collaborating with Operation walk MD, a not-for-profit, volunteer medical service organization that provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries and in the United States. This organization treats those suffering from disabling arthritis and other debilitating bone and joint conditions. Our mission is to help those who have little to no access to life-improving care. All care including joint replacement implants are provided at no cost. This is possible through the generous donations of our individual and corporate supporters. (2016)

Obstetric Anesthesia Mission

Collaborating with No Pain Labor & Delivery – Global Health Initiative (NPLD-GHI) began in 2008 with a goal to improve sustainable clinical labor outcomes by increasing the labor epidural analgesia rate by 10% through establishing 10 training centers within 10 years. The hypothesis was that the introduction and support of safe labor analgesia would reduce the cesarean delivery rate and result in better labor outcomes for mother and fetus. Mentoring in safe and effective labor epidural analgesia was introduced and implemented through week-long, well-structured, problem-based learning sessions with daily debriefings with multidisciplinary approach. (June, 2016)