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 2015, 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. Columbia University Medical Center was the coordinating site for the multi-site Pediatric Anesthesia Neuro Development Assessment (PANDA) study which was recently completed with results published in the June 7, 2016 issue of JAMA.  The PANDA study investigated the neurodevelopmental outcome of healthy children following a single exposure to general anesthesia during early infancy.


Lena Sun MD
Emanuel M. Papper Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship Program
Chief, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology 

Robert Kazim MD
Vice Chair of Pediatric Clinical Affairs
Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric 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, Co-Director, Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation
Caleb Ing MD
Heidi Jerome MD, Medical Director, CHONY Diagnostic & Imaging Suite
Amy Jonassen MD, Medical Director, CHONY Operating Rooms
Riva Ko, MD,   Director, Pediatric Spine Surgery Anesthesia
Tatiana Kubacki MD, Director, Pediatric Bariatric Surgery Anesthesia
Melissa Lee, MD
Susan Lei MD, Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship Program
Richard Levy MD, Vice Chair, Pediatric Anesthesia Laboratory Research
Albert Lin MD
Lisa Lynch  MD 
Matthew Monteleone MD 
Leila Mei Pang MD, Residency Program Director & Vice Chairman of Resident Education
Teeda Pinyavat MD Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship Program
Neeta Saraiya MD, Co-Director, Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation
William Schechter MD, Director, Pediatric Pain Medicine

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

Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology