Karen S. Bender, MD

Karen S. Bender, MD

Karen S. Bender, MD, is a board-certified attending anesthesiologist in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL (Alpha Omega Alpha)


Pediatrics - John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD


Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine - John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore MD


Pediatric Anesthesiology - John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Board Certification

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
Pediatric Anesthesiology

Titles and Academic Titles

Cardiac Anesthesiologist

Departments and Services


Posters and Presentations


Faculty member Pediatric Anesthesiology March 2014, Session II: Family Feud Panelist-Town and Gown: Private Practice Versus Academia.


“Malignant Hyperthermia” Anesthesia/GI Conference. Arnold Palmer Hospital, June 7th, 2013.


“Malignant Hyperthermia” Lecture at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Fl. May 9, 2012.

Awards and Honors

2014, Illuminations, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children "Featured Physician"
2011-2013, Orlando Magazine “Finest in their Field” Top Docs
1984, Who’s Who and Why of Successful Florida Women
1980, Blythewood and Baker Scholarship for Women
1980, Upjohn Achievement Award for Graduating Medical Student with the Highest Academic Standing
1980, Janet M. Glasgow Award for Outstanding Achievement
1979, Lang Book Award of Scholastic Excellence

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations


1985-present, International Anesthesia Research Society


1985-present, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
1985-present, American Society of Anesthesiologist
1980-present, American Medical Association