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Specialty

Pediatrics

Clinical Care

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia has a long tradition of excellence in providing clinical care for children, providing anesthetic and analgesic care for children undergoing all major pediatric surgical specialties including: pediatric general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, urology, cardiac surgery, and solid organ transplantation. The pediatric cardiac surgical program at the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital is a major referral center for children with congenital heart disease. The solid organ transplant programs in kidney, live and cardiac transplant are growing. A very active and highly specialized neonatal intensive care unit receives neonates with various surgical conditions. In addition to the operating rooms, the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology provides care for children requiring non-surgical procedures in the diagnostic and interventional imaging suite, neonatal unit includes a ensuite operating room.

There is a robust preadmission testing program. The division works in collaboration with our pediatric pain management program, to provide a multimodal approach to manage acute perioperative pain as well as pain conditions associated with chronic diseases and other complex surgical/medical conditions as well as palliative care.

Clinical Practice

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology is comprised of a dedicated full time, board certified faculty in pediatric anesthesia.
We provide care for children of all ages, from neonates to young adults. The Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital currently has 8 operating rooms, additional endoscopy rooms and diagnostic and interventional imaging suites. There is a newly designed OR in the neonatal intensive care unit to allow for the provision of anesthetic care in this environment without transporting neonates to the OR.

Research

There are numerous ongoing clinical trials in the areas of pain management and clinical outcomes
Opportunities exist for advanced research training via the National Clinical Scholars Program as well as an NIH T32 Research Training Program.

Pediatric Pre-Admission Program

Entering the hospital for a surgical or diagnostic procedure is stressful for children and their families. The Yale Pediatric Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation Clinic is designed to allow the anesthesiologist the opportunity to learn about the child (especially with regard to any prior medical problems) and to allow the child the opportunity to learn about what to expect from their anesthesia and surgery experience. Since children often require anesthesia for procedures other than surgery (such as MRI or CT scan), our clinic is designed to evaluate these patients as well.

We have experienced pediatric RN's who call the family in the days to weeks prior to their procedure to review the medical history of the patient and the preoperative instructions. If a child has a complex medical history or is coming for a complex procedure, an appointment will be scheduled to come into our Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation Clinic to be seen by a nurse practitioner, or a child life specialist, and a pediatric anesthesiologist, as well as to have any relevant tests or studies done (blood tests or x-rays, for example). A surgeon can also schedule an appointment with our clinic if needed. If a child is otherwise healthy and a parent feels that the child would benefit from a chance to become acquainted with the hospital surroundings and equipment, we offer orientation to the operative experience classes given by our child life specialist. These can be scheduled through our office at 203-688-5573