The Division of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia at Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt provides care for infants and children with congenital heart disease whose complex medical needs require specialty care and coordination. Each year, our team provides care during over 500 heart surgeries and 1000 cardiac catheterizations. We tailor each anesthetic to the specific needs of the child to provide the optimal patient and family experience. Our staff also provide expert assistance and consultative services when children with congenital heart disease present for non-cardiac surgery.
Our group of pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists work closely with a team of dedicated nurse anesthetists to provide experienced and specialized anesthesia care. We also train fellows in both Pediatric Anesthesia and Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia to provide care for these unique and challenging patients.
Our division is active within the Pediatric Heart Institute, a multidisciplinary team including pediatric cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiac surgeons, and cardiac intensive care physicians who specialize in caring for children with congenital heart disease at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Research interests of the faculty include the physiology and management of patients with congenital heart disease, airway management, perioperative genomics, coagulation in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, critical care delirium, perioperative quality and quality improvement, and safety impact of team communication. Staff is active in education at all levels at Vanderbilt, with specific focus in resident and fellow level instruction and didactics.
Faculty members are active participants in the annual meetings of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesia, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society, and the division members are involved in research, education and quality improvement at the national level.