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Professor of Anesthesiology



Dr. Hardman previously served as a subspecialty regional anesthesiology faculty member and residency program director at Duke University prior to his current appointment at UNC. His clinical expertise is in the area of regional anesthesia and pain medicine, along with liver transplantation and major vascular surgery. He is an expert in ultrasound-guided nerve blocks for regional anesthesia, including point of care ultrasound to assess cardiac, lung, gastric and abdominal function. Dr. Hardman has a special interest in nerve injury after peripheral nerve block, including the unique malpractice risks facing regional anesthesiologists, and has lectured internationally on this topic. He also regularly consults as an expert witness defending anesthesiologists who have experienced neurologic complications after administering peripheral nerve blocks.  He has taught ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and anatomy at various workshops on a national and international level, utilizing both live models and cadaver specimens. He also has a special interest in physician payment systems and payment reform.

Dr Hardman is a past-president of the North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists, and currently serves as the Alternate Director from North Carolina to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists committees on Economics; Health and Public Policy; Anesthesia Care Team; and Ad Hoc Committees on Point of Care Ultrasound and Alternative Payment Models.  He is a member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia Committee on Guidelines and Regulatory Affairs, as well as the 2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee.  Most recently, he was appointed to the American Society of Anesthesiologists newly created Editorial Board on Point of Care Ultrasound, which will define and determine the elements of a Certificate of Completion in POCUS for anesthesiologists who have met these requirements.



Fellowship:  Anesthesiology and Hyperbaric Medicine, Duke University Medical Center (1986)
Residency:  Chief Resident of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center (1985)
Residency:  Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center (1985)
Post-Graduate:  M.B.A., Duke University Fuqua School of Business (1999)
Medical School:  M.D., University of Minnesota School of Medicine (1981)
Undergraduate:  B.A., Magna Cum Laude, St. Olaf College (1976)


What was your greatest recent accomplishment?

Working on creating a national certificate of completion in Point-of-Care-Ultrasound (POCUS) for anesthesiologists.  As one of twelve members of the ASA POCUS Editorial Board, we have created a content outline, with experience and CME requirements for this certificate, subdivided into 3 sections: cardiac, lung, and gastric ultrasound. Our board has created LMS modules for each section, written over 100 exam questions, and is currently in the process of beta-testing and validating the exam, with an expected rollout in January 2021.

What national committees are you part of?

ASA POCUS Editorial Board
ASA Anesthesia Care Team Committee
ASA Committee on Expert Witness Review
ASA Health and Public Policy Committee
ASA Ad Hoc Committee on Payment and Care Delivery Models
ASRA Guidelines and Regulatory Advocacy Committee
ASRA 2020 Program Planning Committee

What grants have you received?

Current grant as co-investigator:
A phase 3b, randomized, open-label study of HTX-0ll as the foundation of a non-opioid, multimodal analgesic regimen to decrease opioid use following unilateral open inguinal herniorrhaphy. Heron Therapeutics, $43,392.19, Sub-PI (PI Arora, Sub-PI Hardman, Kumar, Perez), 2% effort, 2020-2021

What honors have you received?

Phi Beta Kappa
Chief Resident in Anesthesiology at Duke University

What leadership positions do you hold in the department?

Chair of Promotion and Tenure Committee
Chair of Continuing Medical Education Committee
Course Director Carolina Refresher Course annual CME meeting

What leadership positions do you hold in the School of Medicine?

UNC Faculty Credentials Committee member
UNC Point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) Curriculum Committee Member

What leadership positions do you hold in local, regional or national societies?

North Carolina Alternate Director to the American Society of Anesthesiologists
North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists Executive Committee Member
Past President North Society of Anesthesiologists
Past President Durham-Orange County Medical Society

New education, degrees, certifications, etc. obtained:

FASA (Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists)
Basic FATE certificate
Advanced FATE certificate

Expert skills:

Nerve injury after regional anesthesia and medicolegal issues

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