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Pediatric Anesthesiology

Congratulations to Pediatric Anesthesiologists, Monique Bellefleur, M.D., Stephanie Kahntroff, M.D. and Anne Savarese, M.D., FAAP named among Baltimore Magazine’s Top Pediatric Anesthesiologists for 2019

Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology Faculty combine excellence 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 contributes to the Mid-Atlantic area as one of only two hospitals in Maryland to offer anesthesiology services for pediatric cardiac procedures. The Division’s expansion in pediatric cardiovascular services allows UMMC to serve the smallest and most complex neonates with congenital heart defects and offer expertise to 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, minimally invasive surgery in the delivery of patient-centered care.


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:

  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Pediatric Intraoperative  LEcture Series
  • 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


Stephanie Kahntroff, MD, Interim Pediatric Anesthesiology Director and Anne Savarese, MD, contributed to several of the pediatric patient cases that were highlighted in the video, “Vital Signs, Vital Victories,” presented at the 2019 School of Medicine Gala. Click here to view the video