Pediatric Anesthesia Division

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology is comprised of five members. We are very proud to introduce our pediatric anesthesia team. Our mission is to provide patient safety and care along with strong resident education and training. Our team cares for about 5,500 children and infants yearly with routine utilization of all anesthesia techniques. We also provide close to 1,500 anesthetics for procedures done out of the OR in areas such as the GI suite, radiology and invasive radiology, etc.

Division Members

Robert Moore, MD
Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia

Residency Training
  • During the first clinical year in anesthesia training (CA-1), residents are introduced to the subspecialty of pediatric anesthesia. This introduction includes providing care for pediatric surgery cases, as well as participating in a didactic lecture series provided by the pediatric anesthesia faculty, which introduces the fundamental principles of pediatric anesthesia.
  • The CA-2 resident rotation requires a minimum of two months. The first month takes place at at our ambulatory surgery center. This is a stand-alone surgical center located next to the main hospital. This rotation provides great practical exposure to routine pediatric anesthesia care in the ambulatory setting. Most of the patients are greater than six months of age and are otherwise healthy. The residents are under a “one-to-one” ratio coverage by our team members, which allows close supervision and teaching. The second month of the rotation takes place at the main hospital. This part is designed to let the trainee gain experience in providing anesthesia to sicker patients and working with various surgical subspecialties. Part of the time the trainee will be working at the out-of-OR locations (radiology, GI, etc).
  • CA-3 residents undergo one month of advanced pediatrics rotation. This rotation allows the residents to further grow their skills and knowledge in treating the most challenging patients. The prime goal is to lead and encourage our residents to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become a consultant anesthesiologist.
Residents will also be encouraged to participate in research activities. Members of the pediatric anesthesia division have a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at regional and national conferences, as well as published book chapters. This provides the opportunity for residents with interest in pediatric anesthesia to become active participants in research and professional writing.

The pediatric anesthesia division has a dedicated lecture series as part of weekly residents’ academic days and includes keyword lecture series, problem based learning discussions, and faculty lectures.

Division members also participate in and organize medical missions to third world countries. These missions are designed to bring state of the art anesthesia care and education to underserved areas of the world. This outreach effort consistently includes residents who always gain valuable learning and clinical experiences. Recent missions include trips to the Philippines in 2011 and 2013.

Recent Division Activity

Dr. Ronald Jasiewicz (right) was part of the team that performed surgery on non-identical triplet boys who all had craniosynostosis.

Dr. Ksenia Khmara (Resident class of 2018) received the American Academy of Pediatrics John J. Downes Resident Research Award

Recent Publications
Resident authors denoted by bold type
  • Chandrakantan A, Reinsel RA, Jasiewicz R, Jacob ZC, Seidman PA. An exploratory study of the relationship between post-operative nausea and vomiting and post discharge nausea and vomiting in children undergoing ambulatory surgery. Paediatr Anaesth. 2019 Feb 14.
  • Chandrakantan A, Jasiewicz R, Reinsel RA, Khmara K, Mintzer J, DeCristofaro JD, Jacob Z, Seidman P. Transcutaneous CO2 versus end-tidal CO2 in neonates and infants undergoing surgery: a prospective study. Med Devices (Auckl). 2019 May 6;12:165-172.
  • Doan LV, Padjen K, Ok D, Gover A, Rashid J, Osmani B, Avraham S, Wang J, Kendale S. Relation between preoperative benzodiazepines and opioids on outcomes after total joint arthroplasty. Sci Rep. 2021 May 18;11(1):10528.
  • Naftalovich R, Iskander AJ, Eloy JD, Tateosian VS, Naftalovich D. The Case for Bougie Consideration in Every Intubation. Air Med J. 2021 Jul-Aug;40(4):194.
Recent Presentations
  • Rid S, Jacob Z, Makaryus R, Hyder F, Dienel G, Rothman DL, Benveniste HD. Trajectories of Brain Lactate Do Not Contribute to Aerobic Glycolysis across Childhood. IARS 2018
  • Vojdani R, Iskander A. Bilateral Supraclavicular Nerve Block for Bilateral Upper Extremity ORIF Surgery. ASRA 2018
  • Mavarez-Martinez A, Al-Bizri E, Tateosian VS . Transversus Abdominus Plane Block in Neonates: An Underutilized Approach for PostOperative Pain Management. Perioperative Medicine Summit, Orlando Mar 2020
  • Mavarez-Martinez A, Tateosian VS . Comparison of Simulation with Problem Based Learning Discussions for Anesthesia Training. IARS 2020