Ronald S. Litman, DO

Ronald S. Litman, MD, is an anesthesiologist with the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric anesthesia and sedation, Anesthesia for radiologic procedures, Malignant hyperthermia
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

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  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY


    Pediatrics - Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
    Rotating Osteopathic Internship - Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown, PA


    Pediatrics - Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
    Anesthesiology - Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY


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

    Board Certification

    Pediatric Anesthesiology

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Anesthesiologist

    Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Pediatric sedation
    Sedation and anesthesia for MRI
    Effects of anesthetics and sedatives on upper airway patency
    Malignant hyperthermia
    Medication errors in the OR

  • Publications






    Stricker PA, Gurnaney HG, Litman RS. Anesthetic management of children with an anterior mediastinal mass. J Clin Anesth. 2010 May;22(3):159-63. Read abstract

    Gencorelli FJ, Fields RG, Litman RS. Complications during rapid sequence induction of general anesthesia in children: a benchmark study. Paediatr Anaesth. 2010 May;20(5):421-4. Epub 2010 Mar 11. Read abstract

    Litman RS, Soin K, Salam A. Chloral hydrate sedation in term and preterm infants: an analysis of efficacy and complications. Anesth Analg. 2010 Mar 1;110(3):739-46. Epub 2009 Dec 23. Read abstract


    Litman RS. Anaesthesia for bronchial foreign body removal: what really matters? Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2010 Nov;27(11):928-9. No abstract available.

    Roberts K, Srinivasan V, Niles DE, Eilevstjønn J, Tyler L, Boyle L, Bishnoi R, Ferry S, Nysæther J, Stavland M, Litman RS, Helfaer M, Nadkarni V. Does change in thoracic impedance measured via defibrillator electrode pads accurately detect ventilation breaths in children? Resuscitation. 2010 Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print] Read abstract.

    Sutton RM, Niles D, Nysaether J, Stavland M, Thomas M, Ferry S, Bishnoi R, Litman R, Allen J, Srinivasan V, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM. Effect of residual leaning force on intrathoracic pressure during mechanical ventilation in children. Resuscitation. 2010 Jul;81(7):857-60. Epub 2010 Apr 20. Read abstract




    Fields RG, Gencorelli FJ, Litman RS. Anesthetic management of the pediatric bleeding tonsil. Paediatr Anaesth. 2010 Nov;20(11):982-6. Read abstract.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions
    Editorial and Institutional Committees

    Chair, Hospital Sedation Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Academic Positions

    Director of Clinical Research for the General Division