Ronald S. Litman, DO

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)


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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







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