fellowship in pediatric anesthesia

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology provides care for children of all ages from neonates to adolescents.  In 2015, our Division provided close to 10,000 anesthetics to pediatric patients.  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 transport 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.  In the CHONY OR, there is dedicated robotic equipment for pediatric robotic surgical procedures.  In addition to the cases in the operating rooms, the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology also provides care in the Diagnostic and Intervention Imaging Suite and the Pediatric Endoscopy Suite.  The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology 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 Anesthesiology provides clinical training in all aspects of pediatric anesthesia at both the resident and fellow level.  We offer a one-year advanced fellowship program in pediatric anesthesiology, consisting of 7 fellows per year that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  During the fellowship year, each fellow with be exposed to a diverse and comprehensive clinical experience when providing anesthesia care to neonates, infants, children, and adolescents in the OR and outside of the OR, that spans across all pediatric surgical and medical subspecialties.  Our fellows work alongside top-notch surgeons and medical doctors in their specialty fields, providing medical care to small children and young adolescents with the latest surgical techniques and medical advancements at CHONY.  Each fellow from the Class of 2015 provided anesthesia care to more than 300 patients, which exceeds the minimum number of cases set by the ACGME.  Since the induction of the ABA Pediatric Board Certification Examination, we have had a 100% pass rate among our graduating fellows.  

We offer a pediatric anesthesiology curriculum that employs a longitudinal experience in cardiac anesthesia, regional anesthesia, pediatric pain, and perioperative medicine, which is unique amongst all the pediatric anesthesiology fellowship programs in the country.  During the longitudinal experience, our fellows acquire technical skills and clinical knowledge that are built on prior experiences and reinforced as they progress through the year.  The critical care experience will include rotations in Pediatric Intensive Care as well as Neonatal Intensive Care.

In addition to the clinical experience, we have a robust didactic curriculum based on the ABA Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination Content Outline that is designed to educate our fellows on topics pertaining to pediatric anesthesiology.  The didactic curriculum consists of a series of lectures given by fellows to residents, which procides them with opportunities to become educators in their field and to develop their speaking skills.  We also have invited guest speakers from medical and surgical specialties to give lectures to our fellows and residents, and monthly, interdisciplinary M&M case conferences to discuss interesting cases.   The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia has active programs in both basic and clinical research. Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects.  Our fellows contribute to our Qualtiy Assurance (QA) database, which captures pertinent information for all pediatric anesthesia cases at CHONY.  Over the years, many fellows have developed research projects from data in our QA database.

We were  the coordinating site for the multi-site Pediatric Anesthesia NeuroDevelopment Assessment (PANDA) study, which was recently completed with results published in JAMA.  The PANDA study investigated the neurodevelopmental outcome of healthy children  following a single exposure to general anesthesia during early childhood.

The overall experience during the fellowship year, including clinical, teaching and research, culminates in an armamentarium of skills and expertise that prepares the fellows for a career in pediatric anesthesiology, in either academia or private practice.


Lena Sun MD
Emanuel M. Papper Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship g 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
Susan Lei MD, Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship Training Program
Melissa Lee MD
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 Training 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

Applying to the Fellowship 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.

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 2017-18 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
Email: vr2274@cumc.columbia.edu

Fellowship Application Checklist
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Common Application

Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology