The ASA Monitor sat down with Dr. Ru-Rong Ji, a key opinion leader in anesthesiology, for his insights on the specialty. Dr. Ji is the recipient of the 2020 ASA Excellence in Research Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement in research that has had, or is likely to have, an important impact on the practice of anesthesiology. Dr. Ji serves as Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Neurobiology and Cell Biology, and Director of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

ASA Monitor: As someone who's career began outside of anesthesiology, what later drew you to this specialty?

Dr. Ji: My initial training was in neuroscience and pain research. In the U.S., a significant portion of pain research has been conducted in the anesthesiology department. I joined Massachusetts General Hospital's anesthesia department in 1998 to work with Dr. Clifford Woolf, a prominent...

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