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Dr. Edward Mariano (MAS Grad 2008) is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist who volunteers his medical skills in the Philippines and Ecuador

Medical Volunteerism
Mariano_Ed3Since 2004, MAS Graduate Dr. Edward Mariano has worked with the Philippine American Group of Educators and Surgeons (PAGES) as a senior pediatric anesthesiologist.

Founded in 1981, PAGES is a non-profit volunteer organization that conducts its annual Operation HOPE mission for the underprivileged children of the Philippines who are afflicted with craniofacial birth defects and deformities related to burn injuries. Mariano_Ed2

 He has volunteered his pediatric and regional anesthesia services on multiple medical missions to the rural provinces of the Philippines and usually brings residents and fellows with him to expand their training with exposure to global health and the disparities in pain management in developing countries.




So far he has completed mission trips with PAGES to Cavite City (Cavite), Bay City (Laguna), Trece Martires City (Cavite), Alaminos City (Pangasinan), Quezon City (Metro Manila), inner city Manila, Morong (Rizal), and Cabanatuan City (Nueva Ecija), with multiple trips to many of these locations.  Unlike many medical mission groups, PAGES provides continuity of care and long-term follow-up for patients through collaborations with local health officials and PAGES Philippines colleagues.

Mariano_Ed4In 2006, he was recruited by Project Perfect World (PPW) to participate in its annual pediatric orthopedic surgery mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador.  PPW is a humanitarian effort sponsored by the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management that provides needed medical and surgical care that is otherwise unavailable to the children of third world countries. PPW conducts its annual Ecuador mission to care for impoverished children who are afflicted with limb deformities.


He brings a regional anesthesia fellow with him on each of these missions along with ultrasound and perineural catheter equipment in order to provide the highest quality pain control to these deserving patients.

Mariano_EdSome Background on Ed:
After graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his anesthesiology residency at Stanford University Medical Center and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital with emphases on clinical investigation and regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine for children.

He joined the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego, in 2004, where he started UCSD’s current training program in Regional Anesthesiology.  He served as Division Chief of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine until 2010.  The UCSD Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship that he founded was the first fellowship in this subspecialty in California recognized by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

In 2010, he returned to the Stanford community to serve as Chief of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, and as an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

His clinical research interests include the development of techniques and patient care pathways to improve postoperative pain control and other surgical outcomes in adults and children. He is particularly interested in regional anesthesia, the specific application of local anesthetics and adjuvants at the site of peripheral nerves in the context of producing target-specific pain relief.

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