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Division of Pre-Anesthesia Unit (PAU)

The OU Health Anesthesiology Department operates a referral directed, appointment based, clinic known as the “Perioperative Assessment Unit” or PAU. The mission of the unit is to optimize a patient prior to their surgical/procedural experience so they can achieve the highest quality outcomes.

This is achieved by interacting with our dedicated team of professionals to review each patient’s history and establish a data base that is as complete as possible. From the RNs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistant, and Attending Physician, all are there to review each patients’ comorbidities and current medical status. Often, there are Medical Records that must be obtained from outside providers and facilities.Those records may include “clearance” from Cardiologist, Pulmonologist or another medical subspecialist as necessary. Our staff is dedicated to obtaining the appropriate studies to assure each patients’ preparedness for their operation or procedure. This may include lab studies, EKG, or imaging. The better we can get to know you and your history, the better you can be prepared for your procedure.

The Perioperative Assessment Unit also serves as the initiation point for multiple lines of Enhanced recover after surgery or “ERAS” protocols. This “perioperative surgical home” aspect of the clinics function has been shown to improve outcomes and continues to be the subject of broad research.

Meet the PAU team

Joseph Terracina, MD
Anesthesiology

Joseph Terracina, MD

Assistant Professor


920 Stanton L Young Blvd, WP 1140
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

405-271-4351


Clinical Practice:

  • Adult multi-specialty anesthesiology


Education:

  • MD, Louisiana State University Health Science Center Shreveport
  • BS, Louisiana Tech University


Board Certification(s):

  • Board Certified Anesthesiologist, American Board of Anesthesiology


Residency:

  • Anesthesiology, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center


Clinical/Research Interests:

  • Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia
  • Obstetrics Anesthesia
  • Trauma Anesthesia


Select Publications:

Dr. Terracina's publications can be reviewed through PubMed.