Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

The Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital provides state-of-the art clinical care to patients and families in all aspects of anesthesia, perioperative medicine, critical care and pain management. Our goals are to provide highest quality of postgraduate medical education, lead innovative research, foster an institutional culture of safety, and enhance the health and well being of the children and families in our local community and around the world.

Our expertise in anesthesia

Our multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurse anesthetists, nurses and other clinicians is focused solely on the care of children and adolescents. We tailor the equipment and protocols we use to children's unique needs and physiology, maximizing safety while minimizing discomfort as much as possible. 

Our team continually re-examines the standard methods of clinical care and works to develop better, more reliable practices for protecting a child's heart, lung and brain function and blood circulation during anesthesia and medical care. Our record of innovation and publication has earned us top recognition.

What sets us apart

We specialize in care of children. Our patients range from babies still in the womb to adults. Our patients come to Boston Children’s from every part of the United States, as well as from all over the world, for care that combines:

  • State-of-the art clinical care before, during and after surgery and procedures
  • Exemplary care for patients with pain, recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society & certified by ChildKind
  • World renowned multidisciplinary critical care
  • Exceptional outcomes driven by continuous quality improvement initiatives
  • Groundbreaking innovations and discoveries
  • Over 35 faculty members and CRNAs were born outside of the United States
  • Faculty members and CRNAs speak over 30 unique languages

Online Application for Pediatric Anesthesiologist Staff Position

Harvard Medical School Review 2017

In 2017, the Department underwent a review by Harvard Medical School. The goal of the Department Review Program is to ensure that the highest standards of excellence in research, education, and clinical care are maintained by the clinical departments of the institutions affiliated with Harvard Medical School. 

After a two-day review, the HMS Review Committee, comprised of Dean B. Andropoulos, M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, Charles D. Kurth, M.D. from University of Pennsylvania and Lena Sun, M.D. from Columbia University, submitted a feedback report to Department administration. The 8-page report includes a review of the Department's divisions and provides comments, suggestions, and opportunities for each. Considered by the reviewers to be "the top Department in the world", in their report, they noted that "the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine's leadership and faculty are dedicated to the mission and organized to achieve it".