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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


Andrew J. Iskander, 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 in early 2017.

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
  • Martinelli SM, Chen F, DiLorenzo AN, Mayer DC, Fairbanks S, Moran K, Ku C, Mitchell JD, Bowe EA, Royal KD, Hendrickse A, VanDyke K, Trawicki MC, Rankin D, Guldan GJ, Hand W, Gallagher C, Jacob Z, Zvara DA, McEvoy MD, Schell RM. Results of a Flipped Classroom Teaching Approach in Anesthesiology Residents. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Aug;9(4):485-490
  • Tateosian V, Gan TJ. Another quest for the holy grail of abolishing post operative nausea and vomiting. J Clin Anesth. 2017 Sep;41:58-59.
  • Tateosian V, Smith J, Licata S. Large Intracranial Aneurysms in a 2-month-old Female: A Rare Occurrence with Serious Anesthetic Challenges. Anesthesiology. 2017 Sep 1
  • Jacob ZC, Fan R, Reinsel RA, Patel N, Chandrakantan A. Preliminary validation of transcutaneous CO2 monitoring in patients undergoing cardiac ablation using jet ventilation. Open Journal of Anesthesiology 2017; 7:315-327
  • Benveniste H, Dienel G, Jacob Z, Lee H, Makaryus R, Gjedde A, Hyder F, Rothman DL. Trajectories of Brain Lactate and Re-visited Oxygen-Glucose Index Calculations Do Not Support Elevated Non-oxidative Metabolism of Glucose Across Childhood. Front Neurosci. 2018 Sep 11.
  • Iskander A, Gan TJ. Novel analgesics in ambulatory surgical patients. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2018 Oct 20
Recent Presentations
  • Smith J, Licata S, Tateosian V. Management of Two Large Intracranial Aneurysms in a 2-Month-Old Female. ASA 2017
  • Licata S, Tateosian V. DIfficult Airway Management in a 21 Month Old with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. ASA 2017
  • Jasiewicz R, Khmara K, Reinsel RA, DeCristofaro J, Mintzer J, Chandrakantan A, Jacob Z, Wasnick R, Seidman PA. TcCO2 Rather than EtCO2, is a Superior Measure of PvCO2 in the Infant Population. SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2017
  • Jasiewicz R, Reinsel RA, Chandrakantan A. Relationship between Post Discharge Nausea, Vomiting and Pain. Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine (SPPM) 3rd Annual Meeting, Boulder CO, March 31, 2016.
  • 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