Faculty of the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology combine expertise with compassion to care for UMMC’s youngest patients, while providing evidence-based, high-quality care for infants, children, and adolescents from the time of the preoperative evaluation, throughout the operation, and during the recovery period. Fellowship-trained, sub-specialty board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists care for children at the UMMC’s Pediatric Surgery Center, a separate child and family-centered area designed to meet the special needs of the pediatric patient and their family members.
UMMC is one of only two hospitals in Maryland to offer anesthesiology services for pediatric cardiac procedures. The Division’s expansion in pediatric cardiovascular services has allowed UMMC to serve the smallest and most complex neonates with congenital heart defects, with particular expertise for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Among the many types of anesthetics that are currently performed at UMMC, faculty also care for young patients undergoing neurosurgery, orthopedic operations, kidney transplants and many other procedures. Our faculty also provide expertise at off-site locations, including radiation therapy and imaging. Our faculty work as part of a multidisciplinary team to promote safety and patient education utilizing new technology, such as robotics and minimally invasive surgery in the delivery of patient-centered care.
Our service extends internationally to reach underserved pediatric patients in developing countries. Our faculty travel across borders to provide expertise for ENT, oral and maxillary facial, and plastic surgeries for patients who need repair of cleft lips and palates, burn injuries, and other congenital deformities.
Our faculty is involved in on-going research which includes:
- Anesthesia for infants with single ventricle physiology
- Pediatric egg allergy and propofol - an induction agent used to provide anesthesia
- The use of dexmedetomidine to reduce emergence agitation
- Safety of dexmedetomidine sedation for patients with complex congenital heart disease
- The use of NIRS (near infrared spectroscopy) monitoring in pediatric abdominal surgical cases
- Compliance with fasting guidelines before surgery
- A collaboration with otolaryngologists on a study of perioperative complications in pediatric patients with sleep apnea
In addition to direct clinical care, our faculty is committed to education. All residents in Anesthesiology rotate through the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology for a minimum of three months throughout their training continuum. Instruction is provided through:
- Weekly Lectures
- Simulation-based pediatric scenarios
- A didactic program for those in Clinical Anesthesia Years 1 & 2
- Board review for those in their third Clinical Anesthesia year
- Director: Anne Savarese, M.D., F.A.A.P., Assistant Professor
- Monique Bellefleur, M.D., M.B.A., Assistant Professor
- Monika Chatrath, M.D., Assistant Professor
- Wendy Daley, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor
- Stephanie L. Kahntroff, M.D., Assistant Professor
- Madhavi Naik, M.B.B.S., Assistant Professor
- Teresa Niemiec, D.O., Assistant Professor