Karen Boretsky

Karen Boretsky, MD

Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Lecturer on Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-7040

Medical Services


  • Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-7040

Experience and Education


Medical School

University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine,

Pittsburgh, PA


Mercy Hospital,

Pittsburgh, PA


Mercy Hospital,

Pittsburgh, PA

Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,

Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,

Philadelphia, PA


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  1. Boretsky K, Hernandez MA, Eastburn E, Sullivan C. Ultrasound-guided lumbar plexus block in children and adolescents using a transverse lumbar paravertebral sonogram: Initial experience. Paediatr Anaesth. 2018 Mar; 28(3):291-295.
  2. Mossetti V, Boretsky K, Astuto M, Locatelli BG, Zurakowski D, Lio R, Nicoletti R, Sonzogni V, Maffioletti M, Vicchio N, Ivani G. Persistent pain following common outpatient surgeries in children: A multicenter study in Italy. Paediatr Anaesth. 2018 Mar; 28(3):231-236.
  3. Eastburn E, Hernandez MA, Boretsky K. Technical success of the ultrasound-guided supra-inguinal fascia iliaca compartment block in older children and adolescents for hip arthroscopy. Paediatr Anaesth. 2017 Nov; 27(11):1120-1124.
  4. Hasan A, Alrayashi W, Waisel D, Boretsky K. A Case Report of Incidental Hepatic Cysts Found on Ultrasound Imaging: Implications for the Anesthesiologist. A A Case Rep. 2017 Sep 20.
  5. Chiao F, Boretsky K. Dexmedetomidine as a Supplement to Spinal Anesthesia Block: A Case Report of Three Infants. A A Case Rep. 2017 Aug 15; 9(4):127-128.
  6. Vecchione TM, Boretsky KR. Ultrasound Images of the Epidural Space through the Acoustic Window of the Infant. Anesthesiology. 2017 Mar; 126(3):562.
  7. Kelleher S, Boretsky K, Alrayashi W. Images in Anesthesiology: Use of Ultrasound to Facilitate Neonatal Spinal Anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 2017 Mar; 126(3):561.
  8. Hernandez MA, Vecchione T, Boretsky K. Dermatomal spread following posterior transversus abdominis plane block in pediatric patients: our initial experience. Paediatr Anaesth. 2017 Mar; 27(3):300-304.
  9. Kelleher S, Boretsky K, Alrayashi W. Use of Ultrasound to Facilitate Neonatal Spinal Anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 2016 Dec 02.
  10. Vecchione T, Zurakowski D, Boretsky K. Thoracic Paravertebral Nerve Blocks in Pediatric Patients: Safety and Clinical Experience. Anesth Analg. 2016 12; 123(6):1588-1590.
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  12. Hall-Burton DM, Hudson ME, Grudziak JS, Cunningham S, Boretsky K, Boretsky KR. Regional Anesthesia Is Cost-Effective in Preventing Unanticipated Hospital Admission in Pediatric Patients Having Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2016 Jul-Aug; 41(4):527-31.
  13. Hernandez MA, Boretsky K. Chloroprocaine: local anesthetic systemic toxicity in a 9-month infant with paravertebral catheter. Paediatr Anaesth. 2016 Jun; 26(6):665-666.
  14. Lobo K, Donado C, Cornelissen L, Kim J, Ortiz R, Peake RW, Kellogg M, Alexander ME, Zurakowski D, Kurgansky KE, Peyton J, Bilge A, Boretsky K, McCann ME, Berde CB, Cravero J. A Phase 1, Dose-escalation, Double-blind, Block-randomized, Controlled Trial of Safety and Efficacy of Neosaxitoxin Alone and in Combination with 0.2% Bupivacaine, with and without Epinephrine, for Cutaneous Anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 2015 Oct; 123(4):873-85.
  15. Boretsky KR, Yen YM, Harner CD, Orebaugh SL, Williams BA. Femoral nerve block for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction--do we have the information we need? Letter to the editor. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Sep; 43(9):NP30.
  16. Bairdain S, Dodson B, Zurakowski D, Waisel DB, Jennings RW, Boretsky KR. Paravertebral nerve block catheters using chloroprocaine in infants with prolonged mechanical ventilation for treatment of long-gap esophageal atresia. Paediatr Anaesth. 2015 Nov; 25(11):1151-7.
  17. Waisel DB, Mancuso TJ, Boretsky KR. Pediatric Research, Risk, and Paravertebral Blocks. Anesth Analg. 2015 May; 120(5):987-9.
  18. Boretsky KR, DiNardo JA. "Kiddie" caudal: safe but more to learn. Anesth Analg. 2015 Jan; 120(1):12-3.
  19. Boretsky KR. Regional anesthesia in pediatrics: marching forward. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2014 Oct; 27(5):556-60.
  20. Hall-Burton DM, Boretsky KR. Re: Ultrasound guided transversus abdominis plane vs surgeon administered intraoperative regional field infiltration with bupivacaine for early postoperative pain control in children undergoing open pyeloplasty: A. J. Lorenzo, J. Lynch, C. Matava, H. El-Beheiry and J. Hayes. J Urol 2014; 192: 207-213. J Urol. 2014 Dec; 192(6):1891-2; discussion 1892-3.
  21. Kandiah N, Walker K, Boretsky K. Ultrasound-guided paravertebral block facilitated tracheal extubation in a 5-week-old infant with rib fractures and respiratory failure. A A Case Rep. 2014 May 15; 2(10):131-2.
  22. Berde CB, Boretsky KR, Cravero JP. Paravertebral block for analgesia after pediatric thoracic surgery. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2014 May-Jun; 39(3):179-80.
  23. Hall Burton DM, Boretsky KR. A comparison of paravertebral nerve block catheters and thoracic epidural catheters for postoperative analgesia following the Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum repair. Paediatr Anaesth. 2014 May; 24(5):516-20.
  24. Boretsky K, Visoiu M, Bigeleisen P. Ultrasound-guided approach to the paravertebral space for catheter insertion in infants and children. Paediatr Anaesth. 2013 Dec; 23(12):1193-8.
  25. Visoiu M, Boretsky KR, Goyal G, Cladis FP, Cassara A. Postoperative analgesia via transversus abdominis plane (TAP) catheter for small weight children-our initial experience. Paediatr Anaesth. 2012 Mar; 22(3):281-4.
  26. Davis PJ, Fertal KM, Boretsky KR, Fedel GM, Ingram MD, Woelfel SK, Hoffmann PC, Gurnaney H, Young MC. The effects of oral ondansetron disintegrating tablets for prevention of at-home emesis in pediatric patients after ear-nose-throat surgery. Anesth Analg. 2008 Apr; 106(4):1117-21, table of contents.
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