Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

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The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine provides 24-hour coverage by staff anesthesiologists and critical care physicians specially trained in pediatric anesthesiology and critical care medicine. The Department also conducts fellowship programs in pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric critical care medicine.

Children's Hospital cares for some of the sickest children in the nation in its operating rooms and intensive care units. Founded in 1964, the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine has played a pioneering role in improving outcomes for children in intensive care. Watch the video to learn more about the decades of hard work and innovation that have brought us to where we are today, and meet one of our early patients, whose care was a milestone in our team's history.

Mission statement

The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will be a distinctive and innovative department which promotes the health, safety and well-being of children who require anesthesia care, who are critically ill or injured or who suffer acute and chronic pain.

We will encourage and perform research and incorporate our as well as others' discoveries in order to continuously improve the quality of care. We aim to create, thereby, a department that is valued by our patients and their families, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, integrated delivery systems in which we participate and the communities in which we serve.

We will attract, develop and retain exceptional people who can enjoy fulfilling careers. We will teach and train the most capable and motivated individuals. We will disseminate our discoveries and innovations. We will be acknowledged as the leader in pediatric anesthesiology and critical care medicine and the dominant enterprise in our disciplines.

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