Surgeons throughout Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital are supported by a team of pediatric anesthesiologists that is nationally recognized for its quality outcomes and uniform practices.
“The entire anesthesiology team comes from esteemed institutions around the country, and members continue to expand their knowledge base,” says Jenny Dolan, M.D., C.B.A., chief pediatric anesthesiologist. “We take care of kids only, and each of us handles more than 1,200 cases every year."
Many of the program’s 13 fellowship-trained and board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists have advanced training, including five in pain management and four in congenital heart disease. The team also includes 12 full-time pediatric nurse anesthetists with CRNA certification.
The department actively researches topics such as posterior spinal fusion to investigate increased blood loss in African-American patients, possibly due to platelet dysfunction, and opioid drug reconciliation.
Two of our physicians—Oleg Drozhinin, M.D., and Amish Patel, M.D.—have served as faculty for the last five years at the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia annual meeting for the Difficult Pediatric Airway session. In addition, Richard Elliott, M.D., has served since 2009 as faculty at the American Society of Anesthesia annual meeting for regional anesthesia.
“We have other physicians trained in regional anesthesia and are constantly educating the rest of our colleagues in that area to achieve proficiency,” Dolan says. “We have high rates of success with regional nerve blocks, which is extremely important because it helps limit the use of opiates and their side effects, such as nausea and vomiting.”
The program goes to great lengths to assure patient safety. Johns Hopkins All Children’s pediatric anesthesia department is the only one in the state of Florida to participate in Wake Up Safe, the only national pediatric anesthesia safety initiative.