Academic Role: Assistant Professor and Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology
Faculty Appointment(s) and Affiliations:
I was first drawn to the practice of anesthesia during medical school when I experienced the quick-paced, immediate-response specialty. I saw that the anesthesia team was able to make things happen. If they wanted the patient asleep, they pushed a drug, turned a dial, and she was asleep. If they wanted the heart rate down, a few more pushes or turns and it was done. Of course, I knew it wasn’t that simple. It was clear to me that to pull it all off these practitioners needed extensive knowledge of physiology, pharmacology, and biomedical engineering. But I wanted to get that knowledge and make things happen, too.
After completing my residency I did a fellowship in obstetric anesthesia. Labor and Delivery is the happiest place in the hospital. To play a part in a family welcoming a new life is a true privilege that I appreciate every day. The physiology of pregnancy and related disease processes fascinate me. My research has focused on labor pain and its management. Relieving the severe pain of labor in just a few minutes is the kind of immediate response that first drew me to anesthesia.
I especially enjoy imparting the fun of the practice of anesthesia to residents. After my fellowship I spent one year at Penn State Geisinger and then twelve years at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. At Baystate I was Director of Obstetrical Anesthesia and trained a decade’s worth of residents in neuraxial techniques and obstetric anesthesia knowledge. My greatest pleasure is to hear of past residents’ successes.
When I’m not in the hospital I am the mother of school-age twin girls and a boy. I’m an avid mountain biker and cross-country skier. I love cooking, reading, and hiking with my Australian Cattle Dog puppy. I live with my husband, kids, dog, and cat in Sturbridge.
Parker RK, Connelly NR, Lucas T, Serban S, Pristas R, Berman E, Gibson C. Epidural clonidine added to a bupivacaine infusion increases analgesic duration in labor without adverse maternal or fetal effects. J Anesth 2007; 21:142-7.
Connelly NR, Parker RK, Pedersen T, Manikantan T, Lucas T, Serban S, El-Mansouri M, DuBois S, Delos Santos E, Rizvi A, Gibson C. Diluent volume for epidural fentanyl and its effect on analgesia in early labor. Anesth Analg 2003; 96:1799-1804.
Parker RK, Connelly NR, Lucas T, Faheem U, Syed A, Rizvi A, El-Mansouri M, Thakkar N, Kamasumadram R, Dixon K, Dunn SM, Gibson C. The addition of hydromorphone to epidural fentanyl does not affect analgesia in early labour. Can J Anaesth 2002; 49:600-4.
Connelly NR, Parker RK, Lucas T, El-Mansouri M, Komanduri V, Nayak P, Gutta S, Gibson C, Dunn SM. The Influence of a bupivacaine and fentanyl epidural infusion after epidural fentanyl in patients allowed to ambulate in early labor. Anesth Analg 2001; 93:1001-5.
Hess PE, Pratt SD, Lucas TP, Miller CG, Corbett T, Oriol N, Sarna MC. Predictors of breakthrough pain during labor epidural analgesia. Anesth Analg 2001;93:414-8.
Lucas TP, Hess PE, Corbett T, Pratt SD, Soni AK, Sarna MC. Prospective cohort study of labor pain versus obstetric outcome: initial report of 480 parturients. Anesthesia 1998; 89:A43.
Pratt SD, Hess PE, Lucas TP, Soni AK, Miller CG, Sarna MC. Relationship between volume injected and epidural pressure generated during epidural blood patch. Anesthesia 1998; 89:A27.
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M.D. Northwestern University, 1993
Beth Israel Hospital, Residency in Anesthesiology, 1994-97
Beth Israel Hospital, Fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesiology, 1997-98