School of Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology

James Riopelle, MD

Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

LSUHSC School of Medicine
2021 Perdido St., 8th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112


Doctor of Medicine
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Bachelors of Science
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana


Charity Hospital
Louisiana State University
New Orleans, Louisiana

Clinical Interests

 Technical aspects of central venous cannulation success & safety
 New ways of avoiding inadvertent dural puncture during spinal-epidural anesthesia
 Ultrasound for assessing quantity & nature of stomach contents

Selected Publications

Riopelle J, de Lanzac K & Thomas M, Anesthesia, Chapter in in O'Leary JP (ed), The Physiologic Basis of Surgery Baltimore, 3d Edition: Williams & Wilkins, pp. 602 - 617, 2002.

Riopelle J, Use of ultrasound to control depth of needle insertion [letter-to-the-editor]., Reg Anes Pain Med 26:384-5, 2001.

Riopelle J, Busch E, Wood DG, Viswanathan S, Mitchell MR, Celentano WJ, Eyrich JE, Rigol JA, Ferlita MA & Miller M, Ultrasound-guided internal jugular cannulation: an introduction for non-radiologists to a tecnique that is here to stay., J La State Med Soc 153:142-152, 2001.

Riopelle J, Stroke from mistaken carotid puncture promotes interest in neck vein finders: small ultrasounds believed affordable. [letter-to-the editor], Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Newsletter Fall, 2000.

Riopelle J, Mitchell M, Viswanathan S, Campbell C, Use of a Rod/Sleeve System for Double- to Single-Lumen Tracheal Tube Exchange [letter-to-the-editor]., Anesthesia & Analgesia 87:744, 1998.