Daneshvari Solanki, M.B.B.S.. (2007) Professor (School of Medicine)
I joined the Department of Anesthesiology at UTMB in 1978. I have been in the practice of Pain Management from its early days of 1980 and have seen the specialty evolve right in front of my eyes. I am the director of Interventional pain service, which I started in 1992. The Pain Fellowship was then established at this department and since that time we have graduated a number of fellows who have established successful pain practices. I am also the Director of Regional Anesthesia and this has allowed me to develop the acute pain service for adults where we provide postoperative pain control.
I enjoy teaching and training new residents and fellows and have been a recipient of a few teaching awards. We have one of the very best neurosciences divisions here at UTMB, which is involved in pain research. I have had the privilege to work with them and mentor a fellow who has been able to secure a grant for her research so she can develop her career as a researcher.
One of the unique experiences I have had was doing pediatric anesthesia in El Salvador with limited resources. It allowed me to improvise and call upon my anesthesia skills I had acquired while training in India and working in Africa. I would recommend to all that if you get an opportunity to practice your craft in the third world countries, please do so. The patients are eternally grateful to you and it is very satisfying!