Swetha Pakala, MD

Dr. Swetha Pakala is a board-certified Anesthesiologist who completed her medical school and residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. She received further specialization in Regional Anesthesia as a fellow at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Pakala has a particular interest in International Health endeavors within Anesthesia. She has been involved in several public health initiatives, short-term surgical missions, as well as sustainable teaching efforts around the world.

Upon completion of her fellowship in Regional Anesthesia, Dr. Pakala accepted an Attending position at the Hospital for Special Surgery.    

Appointments

Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Instructor, Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Specialty

Awards

HSS Attending Anesthesiologists' Award for Clinical Excellence 2012
Health Volunteers Overseas & Society for Education in Anesthesia Traveling Teaching Fellowship Award 2010

Affiliations

American Board of Anesthesiology
American Society of Regional Anesthesia
New York Society of Anesthesiologists
Health Volunteers Overseas
Society for Education in Anesthesia
Global Partners in Anesthesia & Surgery

Education

MD; University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); San Francisco, California; 2006

Internship

Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Cabrini Medical Center; New York, NY; 2007

Residency

Anesthesiology; University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); San Francisco, California; 2011

Fellowship

Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Management; Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS); New York, NY; 2012

Certification

American Board of Anesthesiology, 2012

State Licensure

California, New York

Selected Publications

Kavanagh MC, Pakala SR, O’Brien JM. Choriocarcinoma metastasizing to the choroid: a case study. British Journal of Ophthalmology, January, 2006

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Pakala SR.  "Principles & Practice of Safe Neuraxial Anesthesia".  Kenya Society of Anesthesiologists: "Safe Anesthesia" Conference.  Visiting Instructor for African Society of Regional Anesthesiologists.  Nairobi, Kenya. August, 2012. 
Pakala SR. “Teaching anesthesia in the developing world: context, challenges, and a vision”.  Main oral presentation at Society for Education in Anesthesia Spring Meeting, April 2011
Pakala SR, Russel B.  "Critical tracheal stenosis: emergent anesthetic induction".  Poster presented at Western Anesthesia Residents’ Conference, April 2011
Pakala SR, Rollins MD, Larson MD.  "Understanding intraoperative anisocoria".  Poster presented at Western Anesthesia Residents’ Conference, April 2010

Research Interests

Global Health in Surgery and Anesthesia

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Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street, Room 853
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1206
Fax: 212.517.4481

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021