International Faculty members

Manoj Karmakar (Hong Kong)

Dr. Manoj Karmakar profile

Penafrancia Catangui Cano (Philippines)

Dr. Peňafrancia Cano is currently the Chief of the Section of Regional Anesthesia and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH). She is formerly an Associate Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the same university . She is also a consultant of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Cano is one of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Society of Anesthesiologists (PSA) and the Chair of the Committee on Continuing Medical Education. She underwent a fellowship in Molecular Biology in Kobe, Japan and later, a fellowship training in Transplant Anesthesia in Bonn, Germany.
Dr. Cano is very well recognized in the subspecialty of Regional Anesthesia. She underwent several preceptorships in various institutions in the USA, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Cano has obtained the European Diploma in Regional Anesthesia (EDRA) last September 2014 from the European Society of Regional Anesthesia. She has spearheaded and directed several conferences and workshops all over the country. She is also a respected speaker both locally and internationally. She has been invited as a speaker in various Asian and ASEAN congresses including the World Congress of Regional Anesthesia (WCRAPT) last 2015 and just recently, the World Congress of Anesthesia in Hong Kong. She has also worked with NYSORA-Asia and NWAC in Rome, Thailand and Austria. She is a Co-Director of the NYSORA-Asia which was held in Manila last 2013 and she is also one of the co-founders of RA-Asia and has been part of its faculty since 2012.

Pryambodho Pry (Indonesia)

Pryambodho, MD

Dr. Pryambodho completed his medical degree and residency in anesthesiology in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia, the place in which he is now working as staff member in the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. His current position is as the head of regional anesthesia and pain management division and the coordinator for administrative and financial issue.
Pryambodho’s professional interests are regional anesthesia, pain management and neuroanesthesia-neuroscience. In the development of regional anesthesia in Indonesia, Dr. Pryambodho is well known as one of the three pioneers for ultrasound guided technique (together with Prof.Darto and Dr. Aida), and did many workshops around the country to introduce this technique since 2006. Dr. Pryambodho is also known as the pioneer for ultrasound utilization in all fields of anesthesia and critical care in Indonesia, from vascular access to ABCDE emergency assessments and interventional pain procedures. He has been invited as guest speaker and faculty at many international meetings, such as Indoanesthesia Symposium, International Symposium on Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatal Medicine, ASNACC Congress, AOSRA-PM Congress, WFSA World Congress, WCRAPT, RA-ASIA Conference, and Winfocus World Congress.

Shahridan Fathil (Malaysia)

Dr. Shahridan bin Mohd. Fathil obtained his MBBS from the University of Malaya in 1996. He underwent anaesthesia training initially in Malaysia, and then Ireland and England. He has also completed a Regional Anaesthesia fellowship in Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia. He was appointed as a consultant and later senior consultant with JurongHealth, Singapore for nearly 6 years until April 2017. He was also appointed as clinical senior lecturer with NUS Yoong Loo Lin School of Medicine and was the trainer for the basic and advanced regional anaesthesia modules of the NUHS Anaesthesiology Residency at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. Currently he is a consultant anaesthesiologist in Gleneagles Medini Hospital, Malaysia. His passions are ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia and point-of-care ultrasound. He was the past Convenor for the Special Interest Group in Regional Anaesthesia, College of Anaesthesiologists, and currently the member of the executive committee of the college and also the President for the Society of Critical and Emergency Sonography.

Kwong Ung Ling (Malaysia)

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Petchara Sundarathiri (Thailand)


Pankaj Kundra (India)

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Philippe Macaire (Vietnum)


Victor Chee (Singapore)

Dr. Victor Chee is an Anaesthetist in private practice in Singapore. He received his medical training at the University of Bristol and completed his anesthesia residency training in Singapore. His interest and passion in regional anesthesia led him to pursue his regional anesthesia fellowship at the University of Ottawa. After completing his fellowship, he returned to Singapore and became a champion in this area. In collaboration with Aesculap Academy, he began popularizing regional anesthesia and ultrasound use through workshops. Many participants from these workshops have since returned to their own departments and become champions in Regional Anesthesia. He is actively engaged in regional and international efforts in Regional Anaesthesia Education.
Current Appointment
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre

Jui-An Lin (Taiwan)

Jui-An Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Anesthesiology,
Wan Fang Hospital,
Taipei Medical University

Dr. Lin is one of the pioneers in Taiwan who developed techniques in the field of ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block. He graduated from National Defense Medical Center in Taiwan, and obtained his Anesthesiology training at its teaching hospital. Thereafter he worked at affiliated hospitals of Taipei Medical University, where he gained a doctorate from the Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Lin’s research interests mostly involved regional block. He has a great passion for ultrasound-guided regional techniques, especially in the fields of safety and ergonomics. He has been invited to present lectures and participate as a faculty member and/or instructor for peripheral nerve workshops at scientific meetings. Not only working for the official journal of Taiwan Society of Anesthesiologists as an editor since 2003, he has also been appointed as the lead guest editor for special issues regarding deep regional blocks in BioMed Research International (https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/si/539081/cfp/). Besides, he has been invited to write textbook chapters in the same field.

Louis Mok (Hong Kong)

Dr. Louis Mok is an associate consultant working at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong. His clinical interests include regional anesthesia, perioperative echocardiography and simulation training. He is also an honorary clinical assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Local Faculty members

Shinichi Sakura (Shimane)

Shinichi Sakura, MD.
Dr. Sakura is Professor and Director of Surgical Center of Shimane University Hospital and Department of Anesthesiology at Shimane University School of Medicine in Izumo City, Japan.  He graduated from Shimane Medical University, Japan, where he received his basic clinical anesthesia and research training.  He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Anesthesia, University of California, San Francisco to develop a functional and histological animal model of local anesthetic neurotoxicity.  Dr. Sakura’s research has involved balanced anesthesia, epidural anesthesia and respiratory function, spinal anesthesia, ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, and neurotoxicity of local anesthetic, about which he has many publications in international journals.  He has been invited to present lectures and participate as a faculty member and/or instructor for peripheral nerve workshops at many scientific meetings.  He is an associate editor for Journal of Anesthesia and has been a guest reviewer for leading international anesthesia journals including Anesthesiology, Anesthesia & Analgesia, British Journal of Anaesthesia and Clinical Journal of Anesthesia.

Hironobu Ueshima (Tokyo)

Hironobu Ueshima, MD.PhD
Dr. Ueshima is the lecturer and the chief of the medical staff at Department of Anesthesiology, Showa University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.
He graduated from Kansai Medical University, Japan, where he received his basic clinical anesthesia and research training. He worked as postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Anesthesia, University of Saitama Medical International, and Kurashiki Central Hospital.
Dr. Ueshima’s research has involved ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block, airway management and sedation training. He has been invited to present lectures and participate as a faculty member and/or instructor for peripheral nerve workshops at many scientific meetings. He has been a guest reviewer for leading international anesthesia journals including Journal of Anesthesia, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia & Analgesia, British Journal of Anaesthesia and Clinical Journal of Anesthesia.

Yasuhiko Suemori (Fukuoka)

Yasuhiko Suemori M.D, MBA
After his domestic board certification in anesthesia practices in 2004, Dr. yasu SUEMORI has worked for several hospitals such as Kyushu Medical Center, and Fukuoka Rehabilitation Hospital. His medical interests cover the active use of Ultrasound imaging for central neuraxial blocks, nerve blocks for upper/lower limb and body trunk, and also for ER Ultrasound including DVT assessment. His teaching experience includes not only the Japanese hands-on seminars but also several international workshops in Dubai, Ulaanbaatar, and RA-Asia seminars in Manila and Penang. He is one of the editor of the domestic anesthesia Journal “LiSA” and has several Japanese publications of regional anesthesia and balanced hospital management from his MBA-based viewpoint.

Tomoki Sasakawa (Asahikawa)


Takayuki Yoshida (Osaka)

Takayuki Yoshida graduated as MD from Niigata University (Japan) in 2006. He studied ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia under Dr. Yasuyuki Shibata at Nagoya University Hospital in 2011. He successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2015 at Graduate School of Niigata University Medical and Dental Sciences. He was employed as an Assistant Professor at Niigata University Medical and Dental Hospital in 2015. He has been employed as an Assistant Professor at Kansai Medical University Hospital since 2016. His main interests are in ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block techniques. He has given a lot of lectures and worked as an instructor on different aspects of regional anesthesia at national and international congresses. Since 2012, he and his colleagues have published some papers and book chapters dealing with ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks, especially truncal blocks and an obturator nerve block. In 2015, he received the Young Investigator’s Award of Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists for his research regarding a continuous thoracic paravertebral block. In addition, he received the Young Investigator’s Award of The Japan Society for Clinical Anesthesia for his research regarding a new obturator nerve block technique in 2016.

Kenichi Matsuno (Hakodate)

Kenichi Matsuno M.D. works for Goryokaku Hospital in Hokkaido following Asahikawa Medical University Hospital and Hokkaido Cancer Centre since he graduated from Asahikawa Medical University in 2003. He became a JSA Board Certified Member of the Japanese Society of Anesthesiology in 2006 and started to practice US-guided regional anesthesia in 2008 and his working field as a regional anesthetist is not only at hospitals but also at US-guided peripheral nerve block workshops and cadaver workshops such as RA-Asia 2016 in Manila.

Hiroaki Murata (Nagasaki)

Dr. Murata is an Associate Professor of Department of Anesthesiology, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Nagasaki, Japan. He graduated from Nagoya University School of Medicine in 1998. His clinical interest focuses on the regional anesthesia anatomy. In 2009, He won the Young Investigator’s Award of Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists for his research on the utility of three-dimensional computed tomography for difficult thoracic epidural needle placement. In 2011, he worked with Dr. Admir Hadzic at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York and published several articles related to ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. Recently, he contributed to the Hadzic's Textbook of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management, Second Edition. Now he collaborates with the Department of Gross Anatomy, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and studies on the gross anatomy related to peripheral nerve blocks.

Kazuki Anraku (Tokyo)

Kazuki Anraku, M.D
Dr. Kazuki ANRAKU is an assistant professor of Teikyo University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan. He is also a visiting anaesthetist at Shin-yurigaoka General Hospital, Kanagawa, Japan. After graduated from Tokyo University in 2005, he completed his anaesthesia training in Kurashiki Centaral Hospital and Teikyo University Hospital before having additional experience at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.
His clinical interests include ultrasoud-guided regional anaesthesia and perioperative ultrasound. He has been invited as an instructor for domestic hands-on workshops as well as international meeting in Mongolia.

Keisuke Nakazawa (Tokyo)

Keisuke Nakazawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Nakazawa is Assistant Professor of Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. He underwent anesthesia training and got his doctor’s degree in Tokyo and had his further education as cardiac anesthesia fellow in Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, Canada, clinical training as regional anesthesia internship in Germany, and as international exchange staff in Maharaj Nakorn Chiangmai hospital, Chiangmai University, Thailand. He is a diplomate of advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography certified by National Board of Echocardiography, U.S.A. His primary focus has been on clinical teaching in the OR and education of cardiac anesthesia and the ultrasound guided regional anesthesia in cardiac compromised patients. He has been invited to the international anesthesia congress and workshop as a speaker and instructor. He is currently Anesthesia consultant and the core member of clinical training in cardiovascular anesthesia and regional anesthesia for international exchange doctors in Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital.

Norihiro Sakai (Aichi)

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Tatsuo Nakamoto (Osaka)

Tatsuo Nakamoto, MD, PhD
Affiliation: Professor, Division of Regional anesthesia and Pain medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Kansai Medical University, Hirakata, Japan
E-mail: pnbtatsu@gmail.com
Prof. Nakamoto is one of pioneers in Japan that developed techniques in the field of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (USGRA). He graduated from Osaka city university in 1992, and also earned his medical degree from there in 1996. His professional academic fields are drug metabolism and disposition of local anesthetics and USGRA for lower extremity. He has made efforts to promote the popularization of USGRA in Japan. He is a regular guest speaker and workshop instructor throughout national and international meeting and session of USGRA. He holds positions on the Board member of the Japanese Society of Regional Anesthesia, and has great interests in regional anesthesia, pain medicine, and rehabilitation of orthopedic surgery. He has some scientific papers related to the local anesthetics and USGRA by peer-reviewed journal. He also wrote some part of the textbook of USGRA in Japanese and English. Currently, he also assumes the guest editor of SCI journal (https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/si/539081/cfp/).

Yasuko Taketa (Ehime)

Yasuko Taketa, MD
She graduated from Juntendo University in 2002. She finished her medical intern for 2 years and subsequently worked as a staff anesthesiologist at Juntendo University. In 2007, she moved to the Ehime Prefectural Central Hospital, works as a staff anesthesiologist. Her medical interests are ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (USG-RA) and chronic pain management, especially relating for the truncal block. In 2015, she has introduced the novel approach for ultrasound-guided paravertebral block called “Paralaminar in-plane technique” using the microconvex transducer. She acknowledges herself as “The microconvex transducer lover”, wishes to provide its utility in USG-RA. She participated in several nerve block workshops as an instructor mainly in charge of paravertebral block.