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Jacques E. Chelly, MD, PhD

  • Professor for the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Director, Acute Pain Clinical Research
  • Director, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Director, Center for Innovation in Pain Care
  • Founder and Acute Pain Physician-in-Chief, Acute Interventional Perioperative Pain Service, UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospital
  • Former Director, Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program

Dr. Chelly is one of the foremost authorities in acute pain management, especially in orthopaedics. He is president of the Orthopaedic Anesthesia, Pain and Rehabilitation Society and 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 over 250 scientific articles and has presented more than 180 invited lectures to national and international conferences, meetings, and institutions.

He is the editor and co-editor of two medical books on nerve block techniques: Peripheral Nerve Block Technique: A Color Atlas, second edition, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins in 2003, and Continuous Peripheral Nerve Block Techniques: An Illustrated Guide, published by Mosby in 2001.

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.