Anesthesiology Research

The Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology is continuously dedicated to pursuing the advancement of pediatric anesthesiology and enhancing the safety and comfort of our young patients through clinical research.

From the operating room to the recovery units, the faculty works directly with young patients, their families and collaborating institutions to investigating innovative procedures, techniques and devices to improve patient outcomes in pain management and safety.

Below is a list of our clinical studies.

Additional Research Studies

  • Determining whether intraoperative infusion of magnesium decreases postoperative pain: This clinicaltrial.gov listed, randomized controlled clinical trial aims to determine whether giving intravenous magnesium administration during tonsillectomies will decrease postoperative pain and medication use. 
  • Comparison of the FDA approved Buzzy®  device to intravenous lidocaine for controlling injection pain during intravenous propofol induction: This study examines whether this ”buzzing” device helps reduce the burning sensation accompanied with propofol injection prior to anesthetic sedation.
  • Determining the safety and efficacy of supraglottic airway use in children: This study examines instances where devices were used for airway management to identify preferred device, ease of use and complications. 
  • Utilizing ultrasound for confirmation of successful caudal epidural injections: Ultrasound imaging is already used to help visualize anesthetic injection during sensory nerve blockade, but has not been confirmed as a method of determining whether the block is successful. This study aims to provide evidence that an experienced user can recognize failed blocks with implications for how trainees learn the procedure.

Multi-Institutional Collaborations

Providers also participate in multi-site projects and contribute information on anesthetic care to several national databases.

Multicenter Research Studies

  • The GAS Study: A multi-site RCT comparing regional and general anesthesia for effects on neurodevelopment outcome and apnea in infants – led by Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Anesthesia Exposure and Neurodevelopment in Infants and Children - led by Columbia University

Multicenter Databases

  • Regional Anesthesia Database: A Multi-Institutional Prospective Database to Record Potential Adverse Effects and Complications Associated with Regional Anesthesia in Children
  • Pediatric Difficult Intubation Registry – Improving Safety and Quality of Airway Management in Children with Difficult Airways
  • Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Perioperative Registry (PCSPR)
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons - Congenital Heart Surgery Database

​Study: Music Eases Patients' Pain After Surgery

A recent study led by Santhanam Suresh, MD, found that patients who listened to 30 minutes of music or audio books had a significant reduction in pain after major surgery.

Learn more.