Cardiac Anesthesiologists

A pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist is a highly-trained doctor who specializes in providing anesthesia care for children undergoing cardiothoracic or vascular surgery. These specialized anesthesiol​ogists spend four years in medical school, four years training to provide anesthesia during surgery and an additional one to two years focusing on cardiac and/or vascular anesthesia.

The Heart Center is home to the only anesthesia program in Illinois where each anesthesiologist is board-certified and fellowship-trained in pediatric anesthesia. Children who undergo cardiac procedures at Lurie Children’s are monitored by a team that specializes in anesthesia for congenital heart disease. Our experts are with your child from the preoperative visit through the recovery period. The team of specialists monitors nearly 20 different vital functions of your child's body during cardiac surgery. They monitor every heartbeat and every breath your child takes during cardiac surgery. 

Our cardiac anesthesiologists are faculty in the Department of Anesthesia at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

In addition to our cardiac anesthesia team, we are home to a nationally-recognized program in pediatric pain management. The expert care of our pain management team will continue to care for your child into the postoperative period to ensure your child has optimal pain control after their cardiac procedure.

Click on the names of our cardiac anesthesiologists to learn more about their special interest areas and locations. Please note, not all of our specialists are available at every location.

Kenneth M. Brady

Kenneth M. Brady, MD

Division Head, Cardiac Anesthesia; Intensivist, Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit

Call 1.800.543.7362

Jaime L. Bozentka

Jaime L. Bozentka, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Call 1.800.543.7362

Richard M. Dsida, MD

Richard M. Dsida, MD

Associate Chairman, Clinical Affairs; Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Call 1.800.543.7362

Michael A. Evans

Michael A. Evans, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Call 1.800.543.7362

David J. Krodel, MD

David J. Krodel, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology; Medical Director, Acute Pain

Call 1.800.543.7362

Ann C. Monahan, MD

Ann C. Monahan, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

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Isabella I. Mukherji, MD

Isabella I. Mukherji, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

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Jared M. Spilka

Jared M. Spilka, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Call 1.800.543.7362

Santhanam Suresh

Santhanam Suresh, MD, MBA

Chairman, Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology; Arthur C. King Board Designated Professorship in Anesthesiology

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Eric Vu

Eric Vu, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Call 1.800.543.7362