Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Nashville, TN 37232

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General Pediatric Anesthesiology


Pediatric anesthesiologists are responsible for the general anesthesia, sedation, and pain management needs of infants and children. Services include:

  • Evaluation of complex medical problems in infants and children when surgery is needed
  • Planning and care for before and after surgery
  • A nonthreatening environment for children in the operating room
  • Pain control, if needed after surgery, either with intravenous (IV) medications or other anesthetic techniques
  • Anesthesia and sedation for many procedures out of the operating room such as MRI, CT scan, and radiation therapy

Each year our pediatric anesthesiologists oversee the anesthetic management and perioperative care of more than 13,000 patients at Children's Hospital. We provide a full range of outpatient and inpatient perioperative services and serve as a major referral center for Tennessee and surrounding states.

Pediatric Anesthesiologists
Pediatric anesthesiologists are doctors who have had at least four years of medical school, one year of internship and three years of residency in anesthesiology. They also have additional specialty training in pediatric anesthesiology and certification from the American Board of Anesthesiologists.

Pediatric Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)
CRNAs are advanced practice nurses who specialize in anesthesia care. Nurse anesthetists are the nation's oldest nursing specialty. They are master's prepared with extensive classroom and clinical education.

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows
A fellow is a doctor who has completed medical school, internship and a residency, and has chosen to receive very specialized training in one particular treatment or research area.

Nurse Practitioners
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who has completed specific advanced nursing education (generally a master's degree or doctoral degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common as well as a few complex medical conditions.

Child Life Specialists
A Child Life Specialist works with patients and families to reduce the stress and anxiety that may be associated with the health care experience. Our specialists help to ease fears and concerns by providing opportunities for developmentally appropriate play and interaction, therapeutic play and psychological preparation.

Last Edited: August 27, 2015
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