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In 2016, DVCIPM was officially designated as the seventh Department of Defense Center of Excellence.

Established in 2003, the Army Regional Anesthesia & Pain Management Initiative (ARAPMI) sought to improve the management of acute pain in military and civilian medicine. Through clinical research efforts, it has become the model of integrated acute and chronic pain medicine.

Doctors at Walter Reed have been using regional anesthesia for years, but Oct. 7, 2003 was the first time they used it on the battlefield.