Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
Laura Cavallone is an academic anesthesiologist whose areas of interest include pain mechanisms, safety of airway management, and perioperative care for patients undergoing ear, nose, and throat, and head and neck surgery. She has collaborated with basic science researchers in several studies aimed at understanding how the brain can change in response to pain, and how these changes can amplify and extend the experience of pain. This situation is known as “chronic pain,” and is very difficult to treat. Her research aims to develop a better understanding of these mechanisms, to prevent or control them, and to find more effective treatments that are alternatives to opioids.
Her work has been published in Pain, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Anesthesiology, European Journal of Anaesthesiology, and Minerva Anestesiologica, the journal of the Italian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation, and Intensive Care. She recently participated with colleague members of the Society for Head and Neck Anesthesia to publish an expert consensus document on the perioperative management of adult patients undergoing head and neck surgery and reconstruction with free tissue transfer.
Cavallone received her medical degree, with a specialization in anesthesia, analgesia, and intensive care, from the University of Milan in Italy. She also holds an MS in clinical investigation from Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently, she was an associate professor of anesthesiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and associate professor and vice-chair of research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.