Ronald S. Litman, DO, ML

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

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


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Education and Training

Medical School

DO - 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

Graduate Degree

ML - University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Philadelphia, PA

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
Opioid regulation




Donohoe, G.C., Zhang, B., Mensinger, J.L., Litman, R.S.: Trends in Postoperative Opioid Prescribing in Outpatient Pediatric Surgery. Pain Medicine Page: pny284, January 2019.

Litman, R.S., Smith, V.I., Larach, M.G., Mayes, L., Shukry, M., Theroux, M.C., Watt, S., Wong, C.A.: Consensus Statement of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States on Unresolved Clinical Questions Concerning the Management of Patients with Malignant Hyperthermia. Anesth Analg 128(4): 652-9, April 2019.


Litman Ronald S, Pagán Olivia H, Cicero Theodore J: Abuse-deterrent Opioid Formulations. Anesthesiology 128(5): 1015-1026, May 2018.

Litman, R.S.: How to prevent medication errors in the operating room? Take away the human factor. British Journal of Anaesthesia 120(3): 438-440, March 2018.

Litman, R.S.: The Physician Payments Sunshine Act: Implications and Predictions. Pediatrics 141(2), Feb 2018.

Litman, R. S., Smith, V. I., Mainland, P.: New solutions to reduce wrong route medication errors. Pediatric Anesthesia 28(1): 8-12, January 2018.

Litman Ronald S, Griggs Sarah M, Dowling James J, Riazi Sheila: Malignant Hyperthermia Susceptibility and Related Diseases. Anesthesiology 128(1): 159-167, January 2018.

McCoy, M.S., Pagán, O., Donohoe, G., Kanter, G.P., Litman, R.S.: Conflicts of Interest of Public Speakers at Meetings of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee. JAMA Int Med 178(7): 996-7, July 2018. PMCID: PMC6145711


Smith, V.I., Cisler, S.T., Litman, R.S.: The Liability of a Glowing Reference. Anesthesia & Analgesia(124), 2074-6, June 2017.

Rosenbloom, J., Senthil, K., Fiadjoe, J.E., Peoples, K.N., Robinson, W., Litman, R.S.: A Limited Evaluation of the Association of Race and Anesthetic Medication Administration: A Single-Center Experience with Appendectomies Pediatric Anesthesia 27(11): 1142-7, November 2017.

Lobaugh, L.M.Y., Martin, L.D., Schleelein, L.E., Tyler, D.C., Litman, R.S.: Medication Errors in Pediatric Anesthesia: A Report from the Wake Up Safe Quality Improvement Initiative. Anesthesia & Analgesia 125(3): 936-42, September 2017. PMCID: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002279


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

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.

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.

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]

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.

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

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial and Institutional Committees

Chair, Hospital Sedation Committee
Chair, FDA Anesthesia and Analgesia Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC)
Medical Director, Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP)

Academic Positions

Director of Clinical Research for the General Division

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

Chair, FDA Anesthesia and Analgesia Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC)
Medical Director, Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP)