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Pediatric anesthesiologists are involved in every pediatric surgery at Children's Wisconsin and the Surgicenter. We have the largest group of pediatric fellowship trained anesthesiologists in Wisconsin, many with advanced expertise in:
- Pediatric critical care
- Cardiac anesthesia
- Ambulatory (outpatient) surgery
- Trauma and transplant anesthesia
We have 35 board-certified anesthesiologists with special training in pediatric anesthesiology. Most are multiple-board certified in areas such as pediatric medicine, critical care and pain management.
Video: Anesthesia preparations and expectations
What do anesthesiologists do?
Anesthesiologists keep patients comfortable and safe during surgery and complex non-surgical procedures using a range of specialized medicines and equipment.
A day in the life of a Children's anesthesiologist can look very different from one day to the next. One day, he or she may spend 15 hours helping one patient safely through a complex operation. The next day the same doctor might care for 20 patients undergoing short procedures.
Video: Administering anesthesia to kids safely and effectively
Why is having a pediatric anesthesiologist important?
Children have different health care needs than adults. To ensure your child’s safety, it’s important his or her anesthesiologist has experience sedating children. Sedatives are powerful medicines, and having a specialized, trained anesthesiologist at the bedside makes it safer for your child.
Our pediatric anesthesiologists will sedate up to 1,400 children a year. To maintain performance at the highest level, it's important for a pediatric anesthesiologist to have experience in a setting like Children's that provides state-of-the-art care to a range of pediatric patients.
Recognized by the American College of Surgeons, our Level I verification represents the highest level of recognition for hospitals that perform complex surgical procedures in newborns and children.