2024 Speakers

The ASURA 2025 committee is proud to announce the 2025 Keynote Congress speakers.

Stay tuned for updates on additional speakers. 

Keynote speakers

Professor Maggie Holtz

Dr Maggie Holtz is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Having started her career in academics, first at Emory and then at Yale, she is now part of WellStar Medical Group in suburban Atlanta,
where she serves as Medical Director of Regional Anaesthesia for WellStar’s 11-hospital system.

Dr Holtz founded the ASRA Private Practice SIG in 2021 and is passionate about bringing the private practice perspective to ASRA Pain Medicine. She speaks across the country on opioid minimization and enhanced recovery after surgery, and also teaches at regional anaesthesia workshops both nationally and internationally.

Doctor Amit Pawa

Dr Amit Pawa is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Lead for
Regional Anaesthesia at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, & also works at Cleveland Clinic, London where he is a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology (Temporary) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College

Dr Pawa is an Ultrasound Guided Regional Anaesthesia (UGRA) enthusiast and was the first ever fellow in Regional Anaesthesia at Guy’s & St Thomas’. He holds the ESRA European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA). Additionally,
Amit has been: President of the London Society for Regional Anaesthesia (LSORA) ands President of RA-UK, as well as a council member of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA).
Dr Pawa has created a series of Ultrasound Regional Anaesthesia Video tutorials on YouTube, and has an active social media profile and uses his X account to help share knowledge of Regional Anaesthesia, the occasional Dad Joke,
and a few of his attempts at poetry! His most recent project has been creating a Regional Anaesthesia Podcast called “Block It Like It’s Hot”.

He has numerous publications in regional anaesthesia covering General Anaesthesia-Free Breast Surgery and fascial plane blocks, and has authored numerous review articles, editorials, guidelines and Delphi consensus projects on aspects of regional anaesthesia.

Doctor Nadia Hernandez

Dr Nadia Hernandez is a texas-born and raised, NYC-trained Regional and Acute Pain Specialist. Trauma Anaesthesiologist at the busiest trauma center in the US with a special interest
in point-of-care ultrasound use in the perioperative setting.

Created the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Fellowship training program at UTHealth in 2016. Transformed the Regional and Acute Pain Service at Memorial Hermann
Hospital into a nationally renowned inpatient pain management service.
Dr Hernandez is a distinguished educator that wins teaching awards yearly and is a well-published clinical researcher who
focuses on innovative techniques for inpatient acute cancer and traumatic pain management. She has contributed to
many expert consensus studies on Regional Anesthesia and Point of Care Ultrasound. She has given over 100 national and internation lectures and has lectures on every continent in the world. She is internationally known as a dynamic speaker
and educator for diagnostic and procedural point-of-care
ultrasound, inpatient acute pain management and regional anaesthesia.

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