Lena S. Sun, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Dr. Sun’s research interests are directly related to her clinical practice of pediatric anesthesiology. Her current research focuses on the long-term effects of anesthesia in children on their neurocognitive development. She is the principal investigator of the Pediatric Anesthesia and NeuroDevelopment (PANDA) study, a multi-site study that aims to examine the neurocognitive functions and behavior in children who had general anesthesia prior to age 3 years. She also has several clinical research projects involving patient safety and quality improvement in pediatric anesthesia care. In addition, her present and past laboratory research includes investigations of fetal cardiac programming involving prenatal nutritional restriction and prenatal cocaine exposure and cardiovascular function.