fellowship in pediatric anesthesia

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.

In addition to the diverse and comprehensive clinical experience in anesthesia care for neonates, infants, children and adolescents in the OR and outside the OR, fellows also have a longitudinal experience in regional anesthesia over the course of the fellowship year.  The critical care experience during the fellowship includes both rotations in Pediatric Intensive Care as well as Neonatal Intensive Care.  Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia. 

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia provides care for children of all ages from neonates to adolescents. In 2012, 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 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. 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. 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 NeuroDevelopment 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 
Chief, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and
Program Director, Pediatric Fellowship Training Program Department of Anesthesiology 

Gracie Almeida-Chen, MD

Anthony Clapcich, MD, Director, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

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, Children’s Hospital of New York 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

Susumu Ohkawa, MD, Director, Pediatric Regional Anesthesia

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

Meredith Wagner, MD

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 2014-2015 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 complete the 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
Fellowship Application


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