André was born in Pretoria, South Africa. After completing high school he entered Medical School at the University of Pretoria and completed a 6-year Bachelor’s degree with Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgery as main subjects. He was awarded the M.B.Ch.B degree. He was awarded a Dux Medal by the University. In 1973 and completed his Intern year in Surgery, Obstetrics and gynecology and anesthesiology at the University of the Orange Free State. After that he started working at a Dutch reformed Mission Hospital (Letaba Hospital) in the Northern rural parts of South Africa. He was the only physician in a 300-bed hospital.
During 1975 he was conscripted into the South African Defense Force and was part of Operation Savannah as part of the Angolan Civil War. He was awarded the Pro Patria medal with Cunene Clasp. Upon returning he, after spending a few more years at the mission hospital, entered private General Practice with his brother Louis, first in Sabie in the then Eastern Transvaal and later in Tzaneen in the then Northern Transvaal province of South Africa. During the next seven years he, through part-time study, obtained a three-year Masters degree in Family Medicine from the University of Pretoria (M.Prax.Med), with Clinical Medicine and Practice management as main subjects.
He then started his residency in Anesthesiology in 1984 at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa and over the next 4 years obtained a Diploma in Anesthesiology (DA(CMSA) and Fellowship of the Faculty of Anesthesiologists (FFA(CMSA) from the College of Medicine of South Africa and a Masters degree in Anesthesiology (M.Med(Anaesth) from the University of the Witwatersrand. After registering as a specialist in Anesthesiology he underwent further training in Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric anesthesiology.
In 1989 he entered Private Anesthesiology Practice in Cape Town and Paarl in the Western Province of South Africa. During this time he was the Director of a Critical Care Unit, and also focused on Regional Anesthesia and completed a Ph.D degree at the University of Stellenbosch studying cerebral blood flow under deliberate hypotension. He also, during this time, was very involved with orthopaedic anesthesia, especially for shoulder surgery, and helped to establish the Cape Shoulder Institute and also ophthalmological anesthesia helping to establish the Cape Eye Institute. He developed the “stimulating catheter”, the continuous cervical paravertebral block, and performed over 15,000 peri-retrobulbar eye blocks. He also from 1992 – 1994 developed “ARMS” the Anesthetic Record Management System, which electronically manages and holds anesthesia records and write postoperative prescriptions.
During 2001 he immigrated to the USA where he worked as Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Iowa. He was promoted to Clinical Full professor within 2 years and founded the Division of Orthopaedic Anesthesia at that university as well as the Regional Anesthesia Study Center of Iowa (RASCI).
In May of 2007 he relocated to the university of Florida in Gainesville Florida and was appointed Full Professor of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery with Tenure. He founded and headed the Division of Acute and Peri-operative Pain Medicine at the University and also headed the APPM Fellowship program that currently educates 5 fellows per year.
He received numerous awards including Best Doctors in America every year since 2005 till 2016, numerous excellence in teaching awards, and is the holder of 7 international patents. He authored over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 5 textbooks, more than 50 textbook chapters and serves on the editorial boards of 5 peer reviewed journals and reviews manuscripts for 16 such journals. His “Atlas of Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Anatomy for Regional Anesthesia has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Polish and Chinese. We also authored 6 WWW-based publications. He presented over 200 national and international abstracts at major conferences and with Mary K. Bryson as medical illustrator and artist, he, as Art Director, was awarded the Vesalius Trust Certificate of Merit by the Frank Netter Foundation for “The Primer for Regional Anesthesia Anatomy” for medical illustration in 2005.
André currently works as a full Professor of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida; he is the Director of the division of Acute and Peri-operative Pain Medicine, and past director of the APPM fellowship program. His textbook: “The Anatomical Foundations of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine: Macro-, Micro-, Sono-, and Functional Anatomy”, of which Trip Buckenmaier wrote the Foreword, was published in January of 2016, and he serves as Editor-in-Chief of RAEducation.com.
He is married to his high school sweetheart Karin, who he met when he was 15 years old and they have been married for 44 years now with three children and 5 grand children.
Areas of special interest and expertise
• Regional Anesthesia – ultrasound and dual-guided
• Nerve blocks for the management of acute and chronic pain
• Acute Pain Medicine
• Continuous nerve block for ambulatory surgery
• Continuous nerve block for terminal pain situations
• Thoracic epidural anesthesia and analgesia
• Macro-, micro-, sono-, and functional anatomy for RA and APM
• Chronification of acute pain
• Acute compartment syndrome
• The micro-anatomical basis of devastating complications in regional anesthesia.
• Acute Pain Medicine as a recognized subspecialty of anesthesiology.
• Muscle pH as early indication or acute compartment syndrome.
• Simulator teaching of RA.
• Pitfalls of RA – especially during shoulder surgery.
• Refractory angina and refractory ventricular tachycardia treated with continuous stellate ganglion block
• Neuro microanatomy
• Neuromodulation for acute pain
- Professor of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery
- Gainesville, FL