pediatric anesthesia

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia has a dedicated full time faculty in pediatric anesthesia.  It is the only such practice in the NYC metropolitan area. 

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia provides care for children of all ages from neonates to young adults. The operating room suite at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York (MSCHONY, formerly Babies and Children’s Hospital) currently has eight operating rooms. All pediatric surgical specialties are represented including pediatric cardiac surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric ENT, pediatric urology, pediatric orthopedics and others.  The cardiac surgical program is the largest program in New York and is a major referral center for the care of children with congenital heart disease.  The solid organ transplant program is the busiest program for pediatric liver transplant in the tri-state area. A very active neonatal intensive care unit receives neonates with surgical conditions from the tri-state area. Robotic instrumentation has been acquired for the CHONY ORs so that we are able to do the Pediatric robotic cases in  our own specialty specific ORs.   In addition to cases in the operating rooms, the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia also provides care in the Diagnostic and Intervention Imaging Suite and the Pediatric Endoscopy Suite. In 2013, our Division provided close to 10,000 anesthetics to pediatric patients.

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia has a dedicated Pediatric Pain Management program which provides consults in the management of children with acute perioperative pain conditions as well as pain conditions associated with chronic diseases and other complex surgical/medical conditions.

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia has active programs in both basic and clinical research. It is currently the coordinating site for the multi-site Pediatric Anesthesia Neuro Development Assessment (PANDA) study that will investigate the neurodevelopmental outcome following exposure to general anesthesia during infancy.


Lena Sun, MD, Emanuel M. Papper Professor of Anesthesiology, and Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship Training Program, Department of Anesthesiology
Gracie Almeida-Chen, MD
Anthony Clapcich, MD, Director, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
Nicholas Davis, MD  
Manon Hache, MD, Director, Pediatric Trauma Anesthesia
Philipp Houck, MD
Caleb Ing, MD
Heidi Jerome, MD, Medical Director, CHONY Diagnostic & Imaging Suite
Amy Jonassen, MD, Medical Director, CHONY Operating Rooms
Robert Kazim, MD, Vice Chair of Pediatric Clinical Affairs and Clinical Director, Pediatric Anesthesia Division
Riva Ko, MD  
Tatiana Kubacki, MD, Director, Pediatric Bariatric Surgical Anesthesia
Susan Lei, MD, Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship Training Program
Melissa Lee, MD
Richard Levy, MD
Albert Lin, MD
Lisa Lynch, MD  
Matthew Monteleone, MD  
Leila Pang, MD, Residency Program Director & Vice Chairman of Education
Teeda Pinyavat, MD
Neeta Saraiya, MD, Director, Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation
William Schechter, MD, Director, Pediatric Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
Arthur Smerling, MD

Conferences and Teaching Sessions

Case Conference/Journal Club/Morning Report
Friday morning, 7:00-7:30 a.m.
CHONYOR Conference Room, BN 441
Conferences are based on cases in the operating room. The Conference uses either a case discussion or journal review format. Reading material is distributed prior to the conference. All residents, fellows and faculty participate in this conference.

Pediatric Anesthesia Fellows’ Conference
Thursday morning, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. 
CHONYOR Conference Room, BN 441
Members of the faculty present and discuss topics with the fellows. The curriculum is based on the fellowship curriculum submitted to the ACGME. All residents are invited to attend this conference.

Resident Conference
Tuesday morning, 7:00-7:30 a.m.
CHONYOR Conference Room, BN 441
Topics outlined in the ABA Content Outline for Pediatric Anesthesiology are presented by fellows to the residents as a part of their didactic curriculum during the rotation.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Designated Monday morning each month 6:45-7:30 a.m.
CHONYOR Conference Room, BN 441

Fellowship Program

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology provides training in all aspects of pediatric anesthesia at both the resident and fellow level. It offers an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship training program.

Individuals interested in the fellowship program must have successfully completed an ACGME –accredited residency training program in Anesthesiology prior to the start of the fellowship.

Effective June 2013, candidates are accepted both through the National Resident Matching Program for Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship and outside of the National Resident Matching Program. We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications and materials as early as possible.

To apply to the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship program, please send the completed form below along with the required supporting documents to:

Ms. Vicki Risser
Administrative Assistant
Columbia University
Department of Anesthesiology
622 West 168th Street PH-5
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-305-2413

Fellowship Application Checklist
Fellowship Application


Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology