Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Reaches Over $40 Million in Funding Since 1986

October 31, 2018

Since 1986, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), has funded $40,450,000 in research grants. This total is met with the 2018 Fall round of grant recipients who will receive a total of $925,000 in funding. FAER’s board of directors unanimously approved grants to five physician-scientists in anesthesiology.

“FAER is dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology,” said James Eisenach, M.D., FAER President and CEO. “Last spring, the FAER board of directors approved two major updates to the Mentored Research Training Grant: an increase in funding from $175,000 to $250,000 to share more of the burden of career development with academic departments and establishing an annual meeting for awardees geared to foster development of a community of their peers for mutual support as they face inevitable challenges as early stage investigators . Each of the newly funded projects will not only help make important scientific contributions but will continue a long tradition of anesthesiologists improving the quality and safety of the care that we deliver to our patients. We are proud to have invested over $40 million in this goal.”

Mentored Research Training Grants (MRTG) help physician-scientists develop the skills, preliminary data for subsequent grant applications, and research publications needed to become independent investigators. These grants are eligible to faculty members who have completed their core anesthesiology residency training within the past 10 years. Each grant recipient receives $250,000 for a duration of two years. The three MRTG grant recipients are:

T. Anthony Anderson, Ph.D., M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford, California)

Modulation of Acute and Chronic Pain Using Focused Ultrasound on the Peripheral Nervous System

Tina L. Doshi, M.D., M.H.S., Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)

Novel Biomarkers and Pain Phenotypes in Trigeminal Neuralgia

Lisa Q. Rong, M.D., Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital (New York, New York)

Mitral Apparatus Tissue Characterization for Prediction of Anesthesia-induced Changes and Mid-term Success After Surgical and Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair

One Research in Education Grant, designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of anesthesiology education research, was approved for $100,000 over a two-year duration.

*J. Matthew Kynes, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee)
The Effect of Simulation Combined with Booster Training on Long-term Clinical Performance for Caesarean Delivery in a Low-resource Setting
* Supported in part by the Gertie Marx Endowment

One Research Fellowship Grant, which provide anesthesiology residents and fellows with the opportunity to obtain significant training in research techniques and scientific methods, was approved for a one-year duration for $75,000.

Michael J. Devinney, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)
The Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction and Neuroinflammation


The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. For over 30 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology. Charitable contributions and support to FAER help fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. Funding priorities include: Research, Education, and Training. FAER has awarded over $40 million in research grants and programs since 1986. For more information on FAER or to donate, visit

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