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Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology



Dr. Creighton joined UNC Anesthesiology as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2021. At UNC Dr. Creighton dedicates most of his time to caring for ambulatory surgery and obstetric patients at UNC REX Healthcare’s new hospital in Holly Springs. He also works part-time at UNC’s Main Hospital and Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) in Chapel Hill, where he enjoys both caring for patients and teaching UNC’s residents and fellows.

Dr. Creighton’s clinical interests and expertise are in the areas of ambulatory anesthesia, perioperative pain management, and especially regional anesthesia. Regional anesthesia consists of performing nerve blocks, spinal anesthetics, and/or epidurals to prevent and treat surgical and obstetric pain. He is first author on an invited expert review on updated evidence for perioperative multimodal pain management published in 2019, and he has served as a peer reviewer for articles on the topics of regional anesthesia and acute pain management for a medical journal.

Dr. Creighton is originally from Vancouver, Canada. He first moved to the US in 2004 to attend Stanford University, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees and competed for the nationally ranked men’s rowing team. He completed his medical degree at Columbia University, then went on the complete residency training in anesthesiology at Stanford University, and fellowship training in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine at Duke University. Prior to his appointment at UNC, he worked for two years in Boston as a staff anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and nominated clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School where he was a member of the Division of Regional and Orthopedic Anesthesia.



Fellowship: Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC (2019)
Residency: Anesthesiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2018)
Medical School: M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY (2014)
Postgraduate: M.S. Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2009)
Undergraduate: B.A. Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2009)


What honors have you received?

Excellence in Teaching Award (Stanford University)
Gold Humanism Honor Society (Columbia University)

New education, degrees, certifications, etc. obtained:

Honors Certificate Program in Medical Education (Stanford University)

Expert skills:

Placement of nerve blocks, spinal anesthesia, and epidural anesthesia
Management of outpatient/ambulatory nerve block catheters