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Prof. Dr. Narinder Rawal – Örebro University, Sweden

"Acute postoperative pain continues to be a major societal challenge worldwide, there is an urgent need for quality standards in organisation and implementation of pain services."



Prof. Dr. Narinder Rawal
Professor in Anaesthesiology
Örebro University, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care

Professor Narinder Rawal, MD, PhD, FRCA (Hon), EDRA is graduated from India and working in Sweden since 1974. He is Professor in Anaesthesiology, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Örebro University, Sweden. He has been visiting Professor at University of Texas, Houston, USA (1987- 2007), University of L’Aquila, Italy (1999-2007) and Benares University, Varanasi. India (since 2008) and been invited by over 100 institutions.1 He has written over 180 original papers, over 90 book chapters and review articles and published/ edited 15 books.2 Prof. Narendra has been member of Editorial Board of over 10 international Anaesthesia or Pain Journals. He received awards/honors from over 30 societies/institutions for distinguished services in teaching of regional anaesthesia and pain medicine including:

  • Italian Society of Anaesthesiology (SIAARTI) 1994
  • ESRA Poland 1995
  • ESRA Portugal 1998
  • ESRA Turkey 2005
  • Indian Society for Study of Pain 2005
  • Acta Anaesthesia Foundation (Helsinki) 2006
  • ESRA Spain 2009
  • SAARC. Karachi, Pakistan 2009
  • Selection to Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) 2009
  • Carl Koller Award 2010. European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA)

Following awards from American Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA):

  • ASRA Lecture 1998
  • Distinguished Service Award 2000
  • Nils Lofgren Award 2002
  • Labat Award 2010

Indian Society of Regional Anaesthesia (AORA) 2012. He has been secretary General of European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA) (2000 - 2009).3 Prof. Narinder is member ESRA Examining Board: European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia and Pain (EDRA)) examination. (2009-present). Chair of EDRA part 1 examination (2016-present). And Member Examining Board EFIC (2016-present).4,5,6

Main interests and contributions:

  • Regional anaesthesia and postoperative pain management
  • PhD thesis on spinal opioids
  • Development of official monitoring recommendations for patients receiving spinal opioids
  • Spinal opioids:special issues such as urodynamic effects, neurotoxicity, use in grossly obese patients
  • Combined Spinal-epidural technique: first controlled study, introduced technique in USA (with Prof. Abouleish) , epiduroscopy, EVE concept
  • Organization of Acute Pain Services: introduced specialist nurse-based models, audits, nursing role
  • Introduced patient-controlled regional techniques for pain management at home after ambulatory surgery
  • Wound catheter and other infiltrative techniques for pain management after ambulatory surgery and in inpatients
  • Development of procedure-specific, evidence-based postoperative pain management guidelines (PROSPECT)
  • Pioneering contribution in educational activities in the field of regional anaesthesia by starting a diploma examination in regional anaesthesia under the auspices of European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA)



1 Faculty opponent for PhD theses 11

2 Editor: International Monitor on Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (IMRAPT):1994-2004
3 Editor: What’s new in Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy 2009-present (www.whatsnew-esra.org)
4 Editor: PainOut Electronic Knowledge Library(www.pain-out.eu)
5 Member PROSPECT group (Procedure specific postoperative pain management) www.postoppain.org , (2005- present)
6 Associate Editor: Pain Practice (2016-present)