Laura K. Diaz, MD

Laura K. Diaz, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at CHOP.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

    Internship

    Pediatrics - Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

    Residency

    Anesthesiology - Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    American Board of Anesthesiology
    Anesthesiology
    Pediatrics Anesthesiology

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Anesthesiologist

    Medical Director, General Operating Room Cardiac Resources

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications

    Books

    Chapters

    2014

    Diaz LK, Maxwell LM: Anesthetic considerations for pediatric surgical conditions. Ashcraft's Pediatric Surgery, 6th edition 2014.

    2013

    Diaz L, Maxwell L, Tobias J: Thoracic surgery. Basics of Pediatric Anesthesia for the iPad. Ronald S. Litman (eds.). 2013 Notes: ISBN 978-0-9887461-0-7.

    2012

    Diaz LK, Ganesh A, Grichnik K, Eck JB: Anesthesia for pediatric thoracic surgery. Thoracic Anesthesia:  Ready to Practice. McGraw Hill Medical, 2012.

    Diaz LK: Cardiac assist devices. A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children, Fifth Edition. Cote CJ (eds.). Elsevier, 2012.

    2011

    Diaz LK, Schwartz AJ: Congenitally corrected transposition (L-TGA) of the great arteries. Essence of Anesthesia Third Edition. Fleisher LA, Roizen MF (eds.). W.B. Saunders, 2011.

    Diaz LK, Schwartz AJ: Transposition of the great arteries, repair of. Essence of Anesthesia, Third Edition. Fleisher LA, Roizen MF (eds.). W.B. Saunders, Page: 552, 2011.

    2010

    Diaz LK, Nicolson SC, Steven JM: Anesthesia for the patient with a single ventricle. Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease, Second Edition. Andropoulos DB, Stayer SA, Russell IA, Mossad E (eds.). Blackwell, Page: 456-479, 2010.

    Diaz LK, Nathan AT: Anesthesia for noncardiac surgery and MRI. Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease, Second Edition. Andropoulos DB, Stayer SA, Russell IA, Mossad E (eds.). Blackwell, 2010.

    2009

    Diaz LK, Chang A: Cardiac assist devices. A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children, Fourth Edition. Cote CJ, Lerman J, Todres D (eds.). Elsevier, Page: 439-451, 2009.

    2005

    Diaz, LK, Hall S: Anesthesia for non-cardiac surgery and MRI. Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease. Andropoulos DB, Stayer SA, Russell IA (eds.). Blackwell Publishing, New York, Page: 427-452, 2005.

    Abstracts

    2012

    Diaz LK, Koh S, Gerdes M, Luan X, Rehman M, Gaynor JW: Increasing cumulative exposure to volatile anesthetic agents and narcotics is associated with poorer neurodevelopmental outcomes for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. International Anesthesia Research Society Meeting, Boston, MA 2012.

    Papers

    2013

    Glatz AC, Nishisaki A, Niles DE, Hanna BD, Eilevstjonn J, Diaz LK, Gillespie MJ, Rome JJ, Sutton RM, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM: Sternal wall pressure comparable to leaning during CPR impacts intrathoracic pressure and haemodynamics in anaesthetized children during cardiac catheterization. Resuscitation 84: 1674-1679, 2013.

    Buckley EM, Naim MY, Lynch JM, Goff DA, Schwab PJ, Diaz LK, Nicolson SC, Montenegro LM, Lavin NA, Durduran T, Spray TL, Gaynor JW, Putt ME, Yodh AG, Fogel MA, Licht DJ: Sodium bicarbonate causes dose-dependent increases in cerebral blood flow in infants and children with single-ventricle physiology. Pediatr Res 73: 66873, 2013.

    2012

    Fogel MA, Pawlowski TW, Whitehead KK, Harris MA, Keller M, Glatz AC, Zhu W, Shore D, Diaz LK, Rome JJ: Cardiac magnetic resonance and the need for routine cardiac catheterization in single ventricle patients prior to Fontan: A comparison of three groups. J Am Coll Cardiol 60: 1094-1102, 2012.

    Buckley EM, Hance D, Pawlowski T, Lynch J, Wilson FB, Masquita RC, Durduan T, Diaz LK, Putt ME, Licht DJ, Fogel MA, Yodh AG: Validation of diffuse correlation spectroscopic measurements of cerebral blood flow using phase-encoded velocity mapping MRI. J Biomed Opt 17(3), 2012.

    Posters and Presentations

    2013

    Dhajani K, Hopkins P, Paek J, Manyang P, Capehart S, LaGrone C, Benevides S, Servier N, McWilliams V, Emerald J, Diaz L, Stayer S, Olutoye O: Prospective evaluation of pre-operative predictors of difficult intubating conditions in a pediatric population:  A study of 1000 ambulatory surgery patients. Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Las Vegas, NV  2013 Notes: poster presentation.

    2012

    Fogel MA, Shore D, Pawlowski T, Schwab P, Harris M, Whitehead K, Keller M, Spray T, Gaynor W, Fuller S, Nicolson S, Montenegro L, Diaz L, Vossough A, Licht D: Brain abnormalities causing surgical postponements in single ventricle patients throughout staged surgical reconstruction.   American Heart Association Annual Meeting  2012 Notes: Poster Presentation.

    Buckley EM, Naim MY, Lynch JM, Goff DA, Diaz LK, Nicolson SC, Montenegro LM, Lavin NA, Durduran N, Spray TL, Gaynor JW, Putt ME, Yoch AG, Fogel MA, Licht DJ: Sodium bicarbonate causes a dose-dependent increase of cerebral blood flow in infants and children with single ventricle physiology. The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, Miami, FL  2012 Notes: Poster Presentation.

    Diaz LK, Rehman M, Luan X, Gerdes M, Bernbaum J, Nicolson S, Gaynor JW: Increasing cumulative exposure to inhaled volatile anesthetic agents is associated with poorer neurodevelopmental outcomes after cardiac surgery. Best Posters Oral Presentation; Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society Meeting, Tampa, FL 2012.

    Invited lectures
    2014

    "Patient with a Berlin Heart Needs Non-Cardiac Surgery:  What Should I be Concerned With?", Practical Aspects of Cardiac Anesthesia Practice:  A Potpourri - Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society 2014 Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 2014.

    "Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome:  What You Really Need to Know!"  -Lecture, SUNY Downstate Invited Professor lecture to students and residents, January 2014.

    "Anesthesia:  Is It Safe for Young Brains?", SUNY Downstate Invited Professor Grand Rounds, Brooklyn, NY, January 2014.

    2013

    "Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease- Perioperative Considerations",  Education Session, Best Little Workshop in Texas- Fostering Perioperative Clinical Skills, 2013 Texas State Assembly of Surgical Technologists, Fort Worth TX, March 2013.

    2012

    "Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease", Education Session - Association of Surgical Technologists Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2012.

    "Anesthetic Induced Neurotoxicity in Children:  The CHOP APOE Cohort" -Third PANDA Symposium on Anesthesia and Neurodevelopment in Children, New York City, NY, April 2012.

  • Awards and Honors

    1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011-2013, Best Doctors in America
    2002, Best Women Doctors in Houston

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial Positions

    2014-present, Anesthesia and Analgesia Case Reports, Reviewer
    2014-present, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, Reviewer
    2010-present, Editorial Advisory Board, Pediatric Anesthesia, Member
    2010-present, Pediatric Anesthesia, Reviewer

    Academic and Institutional Committees

    2014-present, Committee on Perioperative care of the Cardiac Patient, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    2014-present, Committee on Education, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    2011-present, Committee on Fellowship Recruitment, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    2010-present, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety Committee

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in Professional Organizations

    International

    1990-2015, International Anesthesia Research Society

    National

    2010-2014, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Anesthesiology
    2007-2015, Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society
    1994-2012, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
    1989-2015, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
    1989-2015, American Society of Anesthesiologists