Kamen Vlassakov, MD is Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and Director of the Division of Regional and Orthopedic Anesthesia, and the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA.
Originally from Varna, Bulgaria, he graduated from the Medical University – Varna and trained in anesthesiology at the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA, where he found his professional romance with regional anesthesia. Following fellowship training in clinical research and regional anesthesia at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (1997-99), he continued working as attending anesthesiologist in his new home. He has also worked in Erfurt, Germany (2004-05) and Varna, Bulgaria (2005-06) where he revisited critical care medicine and cardiac anesthesia.
His current professional and academic interests revolve mostly around regional anesthesia – clinical anatomy, sonoanatomy, regional anesthesia teaching and innovation, peripheral nerve blockade for orthopedic patients, trauma and cancer victims. Some of his original ideas are illustrated in his work on the ultrasound-guided retroclavicular brachial plexus block, the US-guided retrolaminar block and proximal intercostal blocks. Dedicating most of his work time to clinical practice and resident and fellow training, Dr. Vlassakov is also leading several research efforts and has given a number of invited lectures, presentations and workshops both nationally and internationally.