Meet Our Team

Our doctors, professors, and analysts provide the perfect mixture of expertise to piece together optimal solutions for pediatric pain and regional anesthesia.

Ban Tsui, MD

SUP³RA Director

Dr. Tsui is an avid and internationally recognized researcher in many areas of regional anesthesia. During his residency, Dr. Tsui developed an interest in improving the accuracy of epidural catheter placement and was issued a U.S. patent in relation to his research. Dr. Tsui has expanded his research into the use of ultrasound in regional anesthesia, with particular relevance to peripheral nerve block performance. Dr. Tsui is also responsible for development of the E-Catheter catheter-over-needle kit for use during peripheral nerve blocks. The primary objective of his research is to transform regional anesthesia from an “art” into a reliable and reproducible “science” by further exploring the basic scientific and clinical aspects of electrophysiological signal monitoring and integrating this with the latest advances in ultrasound.

Tony Anderson, MD, PhD

Clinical Medical Pathway Director

Dr. Tony Anderson joined LPCH Stanford in 2017 after working at Massachusetts General Hospital.

RJ Ramamurthi, MD

Associate Director

Janice Man, MD

Clinical Regional Pathway Director

Fabian Okonski, MD

Education Director

Ellen Wang, MD

Information and Quality Director

Thomas Caruso, MD, MEd

Fellowship/Mentor Director

Dr. Thomas Caruso specializes in the treatment of pediatric anesthesiology. He has practiced in pediatric anesthesiology for more than 4 years. Dr. Caruso has a special interest in regional anesthesia, quality and safety, and medical education.

Sam Rodriguez, MD

Director of Physician and Patient Outreach

Dr. Sam Rodriguez is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Stanford Children's Hospital in the Clinician Educator Line. His clinical research involves creating and studying the effects of new technologies on pediatric stress and pain. He is the founder and co-director of the Stanford CHARIOT Program which has created innovative approaches to treating kids undergoing procedures. The CHARIOT Program has positively impacted thousands of children and has grown to include emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive video games. Dr. Rodriguez is also highly involved in medical humanities education at Stanford Medical School and teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on how studying art can make better physicians.

Carole Lin, MD

Safety Officer

Mo Esfahanian, MD FAAP

Director of Communications

My current interests include the application and expansion of pediatric regional anesthesia techniques. Specifically, my focus is on the suprazygomatic maxillary nerve block and its role in enhanced recovery after cleft palate surgery and the development of a high-fidelity ultrasound phantom model to teach this regional anesthesia technique.

I am also investigating the role of erector spinae plane blockade and its role in the post-operative recovery of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients undergoing posterior spinal fusion.

Stephanie Pan, MD

Lauren Smith, MD

2020-2021 Clinical Scholar - Advanced Clinical Experience in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia