Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Brian A. Williams, MD, MBA

  • Professor
  • Director, Division of Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Faculty, Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research
  • Director, Ambulatory Anesthesiology, Acute Pain Medicine Service, and Perioperative Evaluation, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Dr. Williams received his MD from the Northeast Ohio Medical University, and completed his anesthesiology and MBA training at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Williams is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology. His previous research was underwritten in part by NIH/NIAMS and NIH/NIDA, and is currently underwritten in part by the Department of Defense. His past research interests included the restructuring of anesthesia care processes to render regional anesthesia as the primary anesthetic technique (spinal, single-injection peripheral nerve block, continuous nerve block), while relegating general endotracheal anesthesia to the "backup" plan. His work has addressed health care economics and hospital staff workload (in retrospective study), as well as patient-reported outcomes via validated survey instruments (in prospective study). Currently, he is pursuing translational bench research at the PCPR to develop multimodal single-injection and continuous infusion perineural analgesia, with the specific goals of maximizing the duration of sensory analgesia while minimizing the duration of motor and proprioceptive block. The public health objectives are to render single-injection nerve block techniques both more efficacious for patients and more accessible for anesthesiologists to administer quickly.

Education & Training

  • Kent State University, BS
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University, MD
  • University of Pittsburgh, MBA
  • UPMC, Anesthesiology Residency
  • University of Pittsburgh, Charles Schertz Memorial Research Fellowship in Anesthesiology

Representative Publications

Dr. Williams' publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Research, clinical, and/or academic interests

Currently, Dr. Brian Williams is pursuing translational bench research at the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research (PCPR) to develop multimodal single-injection and continuous infusion perineural analgesia, with the specific goals of maximizing the duration of sensory analgesia while minimizing the duration of motor and proprioceptive block. The public health objectives are to render single-injection nerve block techniques both more efficacious for patients and more accessible for anesthesiologists to administer quickly. 

Past research interests included the restructuring of anesthesia care processes to render regional anesthesia as the primary anesthetic technique (spinal, single-injection peripheral nerve block, continuous nerve block), while relegating general endotracheal anesthesia to the "backup" plan.  Dr. Williams' work has addressed health care economics and hospital staff workload (in retrospective study), as well as patient-reported outcomes via validated survey instruments (in prospective study).