The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia provides the perioperative care for more than 13,000 patients per year at the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt, the regions major pediatric referral center. The division includes 25 attendings, 22 CRNAs and four fellows who provide services for a variety of pediatric surgical procedures including general surgery, ENT, neurologic, urologic, orthopedic, and liver transplantation. The division provides anesthesia services for procedural services outside the operating room, including oncology, gastroenterology, and diagnostic and therapeutic radiologic procedures. The faculty also provide both acute and chronic pain management services.
Education and training of medical students, anesthesia residents, nurses, and associated healthcare personnel is a major commitment of the faculty. Several anesthesiology residents rotate on pediatric anesthesiology services each month and gain experience in the management of patients undergoing both routine and complex surgical procedures, as well as diagnostic and interventional procedures performed outside the operating room. The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program offers twelve months of subspecialty training in all aspects of pediatric anesthesia and perioperative care, including critical care and pain management. Areas of academic interest to the divisions faculty include airway management, pediatric pain management, regional anesthesia, ECMO, and perioperative care of cardiovascular patients.