Dr. Robert Maniker

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Research Description

Dr. Maniker’s research focuses on assessment of procedure skill, collaborative web-based education delivery, as well as innovative education technologies. Current projects include:

  1. Validation of an objective, practical and real-time assessment of regional anesthesia procedure skills with a direct-observation global rating scale. The goal of this project is to implement and validate a tool for assessment of trainee skill in performing neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks. Data collection will also allow development of standardized learning curves to normalize the tool, in order to utilize the tool to facilitate feedback, and to assist in the early identification of areas for further practice to improve procedure skill.
  2. Design, Development, and Validation of a Game for Teaching Sonographic Anatomy to Resident Trainees. A video game was developed as a fun and interactive tool to teach ultrasound anatomy relevant to basic peripheral nerve blocks. The tool is being studied to evaluate its utility in sonographic knowledge acquisition, knowledge retention, and user engagement as compared to standard online learning modalities.
  3. Development of a mobile Virtual Reality platform for Crisis Simulation in Regional Anesthesia. The goal of this project is to create a mobile virtual reality environment with a series of regional anesthesia crisis scenarios, including local anesthetic toxicity, pneumothorax, and high spinal. We will then test the utility of the mobile VR training environment to live, in-person simulation center training for knowledge acquisition, time to task completion, and simulated patient survival, as well as the user experience.

For more information, please contact Dr. Maniker at rm3046@cumc.columbia.edu.


  • Dana Sprung

    Research Coordinator in the Department of Anesthesiology

    Dana Sprung obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in May 2016, and since has been pursuing a career in the health sciences. She is also the Executive Assistant and Vice President of a non-profit called Oasis Powerhouse, an emerging community health and wellness space in Hamilton Heights. She has various research and clinical experience ranging from alcohol studies in rodents to pediatric hematology, and considers research to be fundamental in solving a variety of issues in medicine. 

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You can view a complete list of Dr. Maniker's publications here.