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Division of Pediatric Anesthesia 

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine provides perioperative and procedure-related anesthesia services for children in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest. The division is comprised of seven pediatric anesthesiologists with specialized training as well as two pediatric anesthesia fellows.

Anesthesia support is provided for surgical procedures in:

  • Abdominal
  • Thoracic
  • Orthopedic
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dental
  • Ears, Nose, Throat (ENT)
  • Neurosurgical
  • Urologic   

Our division  has developed pediatric cardiac surgery and regional anesthesia programs. Division members also provide oversight of the Children’s Hospital pediatric sedation service. Overall, approximately 4,500 pediatric anesthetics are conducted each year.

Promising Research

Research activities in the division is robust with four active clinical studies currently underway. One area of great promise is our investigation of the potential neurotoxic effects of early anesthetic exposure on the developing human brain, a collaborative research effort with the New Mexico MIND Institute, and the Division of Pediatric Neurology.

Resident and fellow education in the principles and practice of pediatric anesthesia, and the scientific and evidence-based foundations of safe practice take place continuously.

Residencies and Fellowships

An advanced CA3 rotation in pediatric anesthesia is now offered, and an ACGME-certified pediatric anesthesia fellowship is offered for trainees seeking a future in academic practice. Exposure to pediatric TEE and ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques are readily available. A weekly fellows lecture series, and quarterly Division Journal Club and Morbidity and Mortality sessions are open to all department faculty and trainees. Ample opportunities exist for residents and fellows to direct important pediatric perioperative quality improvement projects. The division participates in several national quality-of-care initiatives, including the PRAN (pediatric regional anesthesia network) and the CCAS/STS registry for pediatric cardiac surgery outcomes.

Educational Opportunities

Educational activities also include real-time instruction of “outside learners” from other programs including EMS/Lifeguard personnel, residents from Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, UNMH pediatric hospitalists and community physicians, all benefiting from instruction in airway and vascular access management. These collaborations assure ready access to patients, families and clinicians for perioperative, point-of-service care.