ASA Highlights Virtual Reality Anesthesia Techniques


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American Society of Anesthesiologists

Haroon Chaudhry, MD, is the president of three firms which provide anesthesia services. Like many doctors in the anesthesiology field, Haroon Chaudhry, MD, holds membership in the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

ASA highlights new developments in anesthesiology through its annual meeting, and two promising approaches ASA recently covered involve the use of virtual reality technology. Virtual reality technology has been shown to help manage pain and anxiety in children before and after medical procedures.

The first study sought to reduce the use of opioids through alternative treatment methods using virtual reality hypnosis. Virtual reality hypnosis was found to reduce patient anxiety, opioid consumption, and vomiting in children undergoing scoliosis surgery. Patients were also able to recover more quickly and return to normal activity sooner, as they avoided the effects of opioids that cause difficulty eating and walking.

The second study used a virtual reality game as an immersive distraction for patients, which could have its level of difficulty adjusted to increase cognitive load on the player. By distracting the patient more intensely with the virtual reality game, doctors were able to reduce the perception of pain.


Vidya – The Official Journal of TNS

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An experienced anesthesiologist and medical administrator, Haroon Chaudhry, MD, has headed New Jersey Anesthesia Professionals, LLC, since 2016. He also serves as president of the New York anesthesia provider, Radius Anesthesia Services and the national anesthesia management company, Xenon Health. Outside of the professional environment, Haroon Chaudhry, MD, holds active membership in the Triple Nine Society.

A nonprofit organization comprised of individuals with high IQs, the Triple Nine Society (TNS) restricts its membership to those who meet or exceed the 99.9th percentile on key intelligence tests. This standard far exceeds that of MENSA. While 2 percent of the general public may qualify for MENSA, only 0.1 percent qualifies for TNS.

Regarded as “the duct tape that holds TNS together,” Vidya was a publication that began with the organization itself in 1978. From its humble origins as a short newsletter, this publication has evolved into a formal journal that releases six issues per year.

Written entirely by TNS members, Vidya features content that includes personal and semi-scientific articles, PhD-level academic summaries, photographs, pictures, puzzles, and poems. The journal is also a great place to stay up to date with the latest news about TNS.

About the Triple Nine Society


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Triple Nine Society

Haroon Chaudhry, MD, is the head of three major anesthesia service providers in New Jersey and New York – New Jersey Anesthesia Professionals, Radius Anesthesia Services, and Xenon Health. Apart from his work, Haroon Chaudhry, MD, is a member of the Triple Nine Society (TNS), a selective organization comprising individuals with extremely high intelligence scores.

Founded 40 years ago, TNS has an even more restrictive barrier to entry than Mensa, arguably the most familiar society in the world for people with high IQ scores. TNS is 20 times more difficult to get into than Mensa. The 1,800 members of TNS have finished equal to or above the 99.9th percentile on tests that measure intelligence, such as the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales.

Members of TNS are afforded unique networking and mentorship opportunities with like-minded people. To learn more about the Triple Nine Society and the tests considered for entry, visit