Elliot Krane oral history transcript.

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Elliot Krane oral history transcript.


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Dr. Elliot Krane is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Krane attended medical school at the University of Arizona, and subsequently trained in pediatrics, anesthesiology, and pediatric anesthesiology and critical care. After completing his training, he moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, where he started one of the first pediatric pain services in the United States. Dr. Krane has served in many leadership roles, including chairing hospital steering committees, directing hospital-based pain programs, and advising the US FDA and international pain organizations. He holds board certification in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Pain Management, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Krane has received the Physician’s Recognition Award in both Anesthesiology and Pediatric Critical from the American Medical Association, the Poster Award from the Vienna International Congress on Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, the Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief from the American Pain Society, and the Ellis N. Cohen Achievement Award from the Stanford University Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. He has also been the recipient of grants from the Mayday Fund, the NIH, the American Medical Association, the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists, the Diabetes Research and Education Foundation, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists as well as many pharmaceutical companies to assist them in new drug development for the treatment of pediatric pain.

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Dr. Elliot Krane begins the interview by describing his early career and observations that pain in pediatrics was not meaningfully managed. After Dr. Krane took a position at the University of Washington, he developed his career path at the intersection of pediatrics and pain/anesthesiology. At his post in Seattle, Dr. Krane worked within a small, close knit pain department that were at the “world’s nexus of [Starbucks] coffee and pain management,” where he helped advance early pediatric pain practices.

Dr. Krane then describes in depth some of the barriers he encountered, such as the myth that children did not meaningfully experience pain, and the role of emerging technology, like the pulse oximeter and the use of portable ultrasound technology, that helped reinforce his practice as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Krane also described some barriers in other departments resisting the practices of pain management—sometimes if the pain services are used at all, they will be called too late to significantly help the patient.

In the future, Dr. Krane would like to see palliative and pain management services more integrated into the “hospital ecosystem,” where the palliative and pain teams are engaged sooner, when they can be most effective.

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Preferred Citation: Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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April 26, 2021 5:59 PM

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