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Lu Fan Cai, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Languages spoken:

  • Mandarin Chinese

Dr. Cai is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology, 2014

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery


American Society of Anesthesiologists, National American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Cai is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Veena Graff, Lu Cai, Ignacio Badiola, Nabil M Elkassabany: Music versus midazolam during preoperative nerve block placements: a prospective randomized controlled study. Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine 44 (8): 796-799,2019.

Jason Ochroch, Victor Qi, Taras Grosh, Ignacio Badiola, Lu Cai, Charles Nelson, Craig Israelite, Nabil Elkassabany.: The Analgesic Efficacy of Adding the IPACK Block to a Multimodal Analgesia Protocol for Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty 44th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting : 2019.

N. M. Elkassabany, L. F. Cai, I. Badiola, B. Kase, J. Liu, C. Hughes, C. L. Israelite, C. L. Nelson: A prospective randomized open-label study of single injection versus continuous adductor canal block for postoperative analgesia after total knee arthroplasty. The Bone and Joint Journal 101-B (3): 340-7,2019.

Veena Graff MD, Ignacio Badiola MD, Lu Cai MD, Nabil Elkassabany MD: Music vs Midazolam during Preoperative Nerve Block Placement: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Study 43st Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting : 2018.

Cai L, Liu J, Elkassabany N.: Chapter 7 - Anesthesia and Pain Management in Geriatric Fractures. Fractures in the Elderly, 2nd Edition. Pignolo RJ, Ahn J. : 2018.

Cai, L. Huang, S: Chapter 148 - Infectious Complications of Central Neuraxial Block Complications in Anesthesia, 3rd Edition. Lee A. Fleisher, Stanley H Rosenbaum : 2017.

Nabil Elkassabany, Brandon Kase, Ignacio Badiola, Lu Cai, Christopher Hughes, Craig Israelite, Charles Nelson, Jiabin Liu: Comparison between single shot versus continuous adductor canal block for postoperative analgesia after total knee arthroplasty, a prospective randomized open label study 42st Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting : 2017.

Elkassabany N, Antosh S, Ahmed M, Nelson C, Israelite C, Badiola I, Cai LF, Williams R, Hughes C, Mariano ER, Liu J: The risk of falls after total knee arthroplasty with the use of a femoral nerve block versus an adductor canal block: a double-blinded randomized controlled study Anesthesia and Analgesia 122 (5): 1696-703,2016.

Elkassabany N, Cai LF, Mehta S, Ahn J, Pieczynski L, Polomano RC, Picon S, Hogg R, Liu JB: Does regional anesthesia improve the quality of postoperative pain management and the quality of recovery in patients undergoing operative repair of tibia and ankle fractures Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 29 (9): 404-9,2015.

Nabil Elkassabany, Sean Antosh, Charles Nelson, Craig Isralite, Mostafa Ahmed, Lu Cai, Edward Mariano, Rebekah Williams, Jiabin Liu, Ignacio Badiola: Comparison between the risk falls after Total Knee Arthroplasty with use of femoral nerve block versus adductor canal block 40th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting : 2015.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Pennsylvania Health System
3400 Spruce Street, 6 Dulles Building

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (610) 659-7225