Overview

The Pediatric Anesthesia team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children specializes in caring for children before, during and after surgery and other procedures. Our team consists of board-certified anesthesiologists who specialize in pediatric anesthesia, at times working in conjunction with anesthesia residents and certified registered nurse anesthetists. We strive to put children and their and families at ease while alleviating the discomfort and pain associated with surgery and other procedures.

The Pediatric Anesthesia team provides the following services:

  • Anesthesia for surgery, MRI, CT, invasive radiology, radiation therapy, GI endoscopy and other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Consultations and follow-up care for surgery patients
  • Consultations with pediatric surgeons in airway management, pulmonary and cardiovascular assessment and patient resuscitation
  • Pain management, in conjunction with the Pediatric Pain Management Team
  • Monitoring systems and anesthesia equipment specially designed for the care of pediatric patients

Our Research

Pediatric anesthesia research activities cover a wide spectrum of topics. Basic science research being performed by members of the division focuses in two main areas:

  • The study of fundamental mechanisms of lung injury in the pediatric population and development of new therapies for pulmonary vascular disease and
  • The study of apoptosis (“programmed cell death”) in muscles following critical illness, with the goals of characterizing the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction and providing therapeutic options to improve muscle function

Clinical studies include pharmacotherapeutics in critical illness, with specific focus on burned patients, as well as pharmacokinetics of new drugs in the pediatric population.