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Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

young girl with a general anesthesia mask over her faceAt the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, more than 10,000 children are anesthesized for surgical and medical procedures each year.

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine provides expert comprehensive perioperative care for premature babies, newborns, children and adolescents undergoing medical and surgical procedures at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and its affiliates. The Children’s Center is the premier major tertiary care academic institution and level I trauma center for children in the state of Maryland and surrounding areas. Our goal is to innovate, develop leadership in the field and deliver the highest quality medical care in a safe, compassionate and child-friendly way.

The division includes over 50 clinicians, including physicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners, who provide care in pediatric anesthesiology, critical care medicine and pain management. Our anesthesiologists are all board certified or board eligible, have completed subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesiology and/or critical care medicine, and many hold additional board certifications in pediatrics and pain management. Our pediatric intensivists are all board-certified pediatricians with subspecialty certification in pediatric critical care medicine. These doctors and nurses are world-renowned and ranked among the country and region’s top doctors in national surveys and Baltimore magazine.

More than 10,000 children are anesthetized for surgical and medical procedures, and more than 3,000 children are treated for acute and chronic pain conditions by the division every year. The 42-bed pediatric intensive care unit at the Children’s Center is staffed by the division’s physicians and nurse practitioners who provide care for medical, surgical, trauma, transplant, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), burn and cancer patients. We also partner with the Maryland State Police to provide expertise in transporting critically ill children throughout Maryland.

Services include:

  • Surgical anesthesia for all types of routine pediatric surgery, including outpatient ear, nose and throat procedures, urology surgeries and general surgery cases (inguinal hernia repair) (Our anesthesiologists also provide anesthesia for complex operations in children, such as congenital heart surgery, organ transplantation, neurosurgery, craniofacial reconstruction, complex urogenital reconstruction, orthopedic spine surgery and airway reconstruction.)•Consultation with surgeons and pediatricians
  • Anesthesia management for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including MRI and CT scans, invasive radiology, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures, cardiac catheterization and minor hematology/oncology procedures (bone marrow aspiration, lumbar puncture)
  • Acute medical and surgical pain management, including patient- and parent-controlled analgesia (PCA), epidural and caudal analgesia and continuous nerve blocks
  • Anesthesia for congenital heart surgery by a team with subspecialty training in pediatric and adult cardiac anesthesiology

Programs and Centers

The Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine offers the following programs and centers of excellence:

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The Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine provides services in both the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center.

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