- Acute Pain
- Anesthesia, Obstetrical
Board Certification and Academic Information
||Anesthesiology - Associate Professor (Clinical)
||American Board of Anesthesiology
National Board of Echocardiography (Transesophageal Echocardiography)
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
||School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Dr. Elizabeth Thackeray is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology (clinical). She is the co-director of the medical student elective in anesthesiology, Anes 7040, with Dr. Zuzana Stehlikova. Dr. Thackeray's educational efforts include medical student courses taught in the simulator, such as IVs, arterial lines, central lines, airway management, and neuraxial anesthesia. These sessions include principles of physiology, risks and benefits of procedures, complications, technical instruction, and practice of technical and decision-making skills in a realistic setting without real life consequences. She also mentors twelve medical students for the School of Medicine mentor program, assisting them with development of a plan to choose and successfully match with a medical specialty.
As a fellowship-trained acute pain physician, Dr. Thackeray has taught ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block workshops at the University of Utah Department of Anesthesiology annual post-graduate review course and also at the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia annual meeting. These workshops are typically attended by practicing anesthesiologists from around the country eager to expand their use of ultrasound, learn or perfect techniques, and gain expertise in peripheral nerve catheter management. Recently accepted to a peer-reviewed journal is a prospective, randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the relative merits of different concentrations of local anesthetic for postoperative pain relief after rotator cuff repair and the effect on lung function, pain scores, and opioid requirements. She combined her interests in education and peripheral nerve blocks by contributing to a patient education video on femoral nerve blocks, seen in our pre-op clinic and on the University of Utah Orthopaedics Center website (http://healthcare.utah.edu/orthopaedics/patients/education/femoral_video.html). She also contributed to the creation of a patient education video on thoracic epidurals.
The American Board of Anesthesiology has implemented a simulation requirement for maintaining board certification in anesthesiology. The University of Utah Simulation Center is endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists to offer the simulation course. Dr. Thackeray is an instructor for the day-long course, attended by private practice and academic anesthesiologists from around the country.
Dr. Thackeray has expertise in obstetric anesthesia, and has spoken several times at the University of Utah Department of Anesthesiology post-graduate review course on epidurals, labor outcomes, and obstetric anesthesia issues. She annually presents a lecture on obstetric anesthesia to the nurse-midwife students at the University of Utah. A current project is a patient education video on labor epidurals.