Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Emad Mossad, M.D. division director
When it comes to matters of the heart, Texas Children’s Hospital has always been at the forefront. In this year’s U.S. News and World Report, the Heart Center was ranked third best in the nation. The division of pediatric cardiovascular anesthesia is part of the department of pediatric anesthesiology at Texas Children’s and BCM. We are an integral component of the Heart Center at Texas Children’s along with pediatric cardiovascular surgery, one of the most highly regarded pediatric and congenital cardiac programs, with the most active heart and lung transplant and artificial heart programs for children in the nation.
The division of pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiology is the largest such program in the country, with 11 faculty physicians, and a team of nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and research nurses. The faculty are all specialty trained in pediatric anesthesia and cardiovascular anesthesia, and some have expertise, training and certification in pediatric intensive care and echocardiography. We provide care for children with congenital and acquired heart disease undergoing cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterizations and interventions as well as diagnostic imaging. We also actively participate in the postoperative care of patients in the Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.
The division is active in clinical and basic research in various areas, especially related to brain monitoring during cardiac procedures, methods of neurologic protection for children, and management of coagulopathy and blood transfusion requirements in pediatric cardiac surgery.
The division participates in training anesthesiology residents and pediatric anesthesiology fellows, as well as two fellows for 6-12 month subspecialty training in the pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiology fellowship. Our faculty were instrumental in developing and establishing guidelines for training young physicians in the subspecialty nationally and internationally. The faculty of the division published and edited a major textbook in the field (Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease, 2nd edition) and is in the process of editing another textbook.