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Jacques E. Chelly, M.D., Ph.D.

Jacques E. Chelly, M.D., Ph.D.

Jacques Chelly, M.D., Named President of the Society of Orthopedic Anesthesia, Pain and Rehabilitation​

PITTSBURGH, August 16, 2005 — Jacques E. Chelly, M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice chairman of clinical research for the department of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of orthopaedic anesthesia and the acute interventional perioperative pain service at UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside hospital, has been named president of the newly-formed Orthopedic Anesthesia, Pain and Rehabilitation Society (OAPRS).

OAPRS is dedicated to a multidisciplinary approach to patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery. The mission of the society is to promote orthopaedic anesthesia and related pain management and rehabilitation as a subspecialty and to establish and promote the best clinical practice guidelines. OAPRS plans to achieve this through education for patients and health care professionals; the development of a specific orthopaedic anesthesia fellowship; research; specific web site ( and various educational programs.

“Orthopaedic surgery represents one of the most innovative perioperative environments and the development of orthopaedic anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation as a subspecialty is a natural outgrowth of this,” Dr. Chelly said. “The introduction of new orthopaedic surgical techniques has brought a need for new and specific anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation protocols and the promotion of a multidisciplinary approach to orthopaedic patients that optimizes outcomes and minimizes costs.”

OAPRS membership is open to anesthesiologists, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, and corresponding residents and fellows involved and/or interested in the management of orthopaedic patients. The organization will hold its first annual meeting on Oct. 21 in New Orleans.

Dr. Chelly is one of the foremost authorities in acute pain management, especially in orthopaedics. He is a leader in the use of nerve blocks in orthopaedic surgery, a procedure that allows a decrease in the use of morphine and other narcotic drugs which are often not well-tolerated by patients. These techniques also provide better post-operative pain control, allowing patients to recover function of their arms or legs faster.

A prolific author on the topics of orthopaedic anesthesia and acute pain management, Dr. Chelly has been the lead author and co-author on nearly 200 scientific articles and has given more than 100 presentations to national and international conferences and meetings. He is the editor and co-editor of two medical books on nerve block techniques: Peripheral Nerve Block Technique: A Color Atlas, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, in 1999, and Continuous Peripheral Nerve Block Techniques: An Illustrated Guide, published by Mosby in 2001.

Dr. Chelly came to Pittsburgh in 2002 from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he held several positions, including professor of anesthesiology, director of clinical research in the department of anesthesiology, director of orthopaedic anesthesia and acute orthopaedic pain services and director of the International Center for Regional Anesthesia Research.

He also has been on the faculty at Baylor University, Necker-Enfants Malades Medical School and Broussais-Hôtel-Dieu Medical School in Paris. Dr. Chelly has held staff appointments in anesthesiology at Broussais Hospital in Paris and Hermann Hospital in Houston where he was director of the department of clinical research and director of orthopaedic anesthesia and the orthopaedic acute pain service.

He has served as a reviewer for several academic journals, including the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Anesthesiology, Journal of Hyperthermia, Circulation, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia and Anesthesia and Analgesia. He is a past member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology.

He received his medical degree from Necker-Enfants Malades Medical School in Paris and did his anesthesiology and intensive care residency at Broussais Hospital in Paris. Dr. Chelly also holds a doctorate in pharmacology and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston. He received a master’s degree in pharmacology from Lariboisiére-St. Louis Medical School in Paris and his undergraduate degree from Mont-Rouge College, also in Paris.

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