Lurie Children’s Department of Anesthesiology administers more than 15,000 anesthetics a year to treat children with all types of conditions. The department provides safe and state-of-the art sedation, pain management, critical care and surgical anesthesia for procedures using the highest standards in medicine. The department is a national leader of research into drugs, equipment and techniques to increase the safety of administering anesthesia to children.

About Pediatric Anesthesiologists

Anesthesiologists are trained in all aspects of perioperative care. This includes the preoperative assessment of a patient, the optimization of fitness for surgery, the intra-operative management of anesthesia and the post-operative care of surgical patients.

A general anesthesiologist is a trained physician who has completed a medical degree and has undergone a one-year internship followed by a three-year residency program in the practice of anesthesiology. Although all anesthesia training programs include some training in pediatric anesthesiology, their brief exposure to the care of children does not certify that a physician with this training is truly qualified as a pediatric anesthesiologist.

However, a pediatric anesthesiologist, in addition to finishing general training in anesthesiology, successfully completes an additional specialized year of fellowship training in pediatric anesthesiology at an accredited institution.

Pediatric anesthesiologists also train in the management of intensive care patients and the treatment of post-operative and chronic pain. Our pediatric fellowship is an intensive experience in the administration of anesthesia to newborns, premature infants, toddlers and older children. Upon completion of the fellowship, the anesthesiologist typically enters a pediatric-based anesthesiology practice to maintain and further refine their skills.

Approach 

Pediatric anesthesiologists are best equipped to safely care for children, especially babies and toddlers, because of their specialized understanding of how children’s bodies work, how children react to medications and anesthesia and how the illnesses children suffer from differ from those in older patients.

We also offer specialized programs, including:

  • Pre-operative consults  
  • Post-operative pain relief
  • Chronic pain services
  • Patient-controlled analgesia

Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children’s continues to be the #1 children's hospital in Illinois and is ranked in 9 specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Anesthesiology Specialists

Our anesthesiologists are fully trained in pediatric anesthesia and practice pediatric anesthesia full-time. The department has teams dedicated to pain management, pediatric chronic pain and innovative airway anesthesia.

The hospital offers one of the largest training programs for pediatric anesthesiologists in the country, and the department serves as a benchmark for other institutions nationwide for advanced postoperative pain management.

Olutoyin Olutoye, MD, MSc, is Chair of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Lurie Children’s. Dr. Olutoye is board-certified in pediatric anesthesia and anesthesiology. She is also a Professor of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Olutoyin A. Olutoye, MD, MSc

Anesthesiologist-in-Chief; Department Chair, Pediatric Anesthesiology; Attending Physician, Anesthesiology; Arthur C. King Board Designated Professorship in Anesthesiology

Courtney A. Hardy, MD, MBA

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology; Vice President of Perioperative Services

Bradley M. Albers, MD

Bradley M. Albers, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology; Co-Medical Director, Lurie Children’s Surgery Center in Northbrook

Benjamin J. Baldukas, MSN, RN, CPN

Registered Nurse, Chronic Pain Management Program

Heather A. Ballard, MD

Heather A. Ballard, MD, MS

Medical Director, Liver Transplantation Anesthesia; Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Hubert A. Benzon, MD

Hubert A. Benzon, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Wendy B. Binstock, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Tierney O. Brennan, MSN, CPNP-PC/AC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Nicholas E. Burjek, MD

Nicholas E. Burjek, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Eric C. Cheon, MD

Eric C. Cheon, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Yeona Chun, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Jillian DiBiase, DO

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Richard M. Dsida, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Anna E. Dziamski, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Michael A. Evans, MD, FASA

Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Amy Fang, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Alexander Froyshteter, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Jacob Heninger, DO

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Jue Hou, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Andrea S. Huang, MD

Andrea S. Huang, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

David J. Krodel, MD

David J. Krodel, MD, MS, FASA

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology; Medical Director, Acute Pain

Alina Lazar, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Olga Leavitt, MD

Olga Leavitt, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Ryan E. Marcelino, MD

Ryan E. Marcelino, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology; Co-Program Director, Regional Anesthesia Fellowship; Medical Director, Regional Anesthesia

Diana Matusiak, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Ann C. Monahan, MD

Ann C. Monahan, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Isabella I. Mukherji, MD

Isabella I. Mukherji, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Mitchell L. Phillips, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Nisha M. Pinto, MD

Nisha M. Pinto, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Alison L. Robles, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Matthew Rowland, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine; Assistant Medical Director, Vascular Access Team; Co-Medical Director, Rapid Difficult Airway Management

Ravi D. Shah, MD

Ravi D. Shah, MD

Division Head, Pain Medicine; Fellowship Program Director; Attending Physician, Anesthesiology, Pain Management Team

Shashank S. Singh, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Lisa E. Sohn, MD

Lisa E. Sohn, MD

Director, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Jared M. Spilka, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Scott A. Stenquist, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Anthony Tantoco, MD

Anthony Tantoco, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Erin E. Toaz, MD

Erin E. Toaz, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Michelle Tsao, MD

Michelle Tsao, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology; Medical Director, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit

Angelica A. Vargas, MD

Angelica A. Vargas, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Keziah Mae A. Vargas, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

Eric Vu, MD

Medical Director, Cardiac Anesthesia

Jane Yu, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Meghan M. Christopher, APRN-CRNA, MSN

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Tyler Davis-Sandfoss, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Daniela G. Doyle, APRN-NP, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology

Sarah K. Duggan APN, NP

Sarah Duggan, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology

Jermy J. Farnell, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Laura Fountain, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology

Leslie Gamez-Gallo, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Amy Gawura, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Molly E. Geaman, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology

Elena Granadino, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Abigail Hadley, APRN-CRNA, DNP

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Anne Havrilla, APRN-CRNA, MSN

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Lisa Hawks, APRN-CRNA, MSN

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Lauren S. Irwin, APRN-CRNA, MSN

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Cardiac Anesthesiology

Jillian C. Jesionowski, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Angela R. Keehn, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Emily Klinefelter, APRN-CRNA, MSN

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Stephanie Knell, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Amanda Lamacki, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Alison N. Lunau, DNP, CPNP-AC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology

Renee C.B. Manworren, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, AP-PMN, FAAN

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Anesthesiology; Posy and Fred Love Chair in Nursing Research

Suzanne O. Park, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Leah G. Parks, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Julia Pavlenko, DNP, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Renee Pederson, APRN-CRNA, DNP, MSN

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Stephanie P. Peters, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology

Valerine Romeo, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology

Tracey Rooney, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Audrey Rosenblatt, PhD, APRN-CRNA

Director of Advanced Practice Anesthesia Services; CRNA Manager, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Crystal A. Spaeth, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Anesthesia

Kimberly N. Stanford, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Alison C. Thompson, APRN-NP, CPNP-AC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology

Katie Tillhof, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology

Anne E. Tracy, APRN-CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Sally Wallin, CRNA, DNP, APRN-NP

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesiology

Natalie Weatherred, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, AP-PMN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesiology; APP/RN Manager and Pain Clinic Program Coordinator, Pediatric Anesthesiology Pain Management Team

Leadership Team

Olutoyin Olutoye, MD, MSc

Chair of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology

Richard Dsida, MD

Executive Vice Chair 

Hubert Benzon, MD, MPH, FAAP

Chair of Faculty Recruitment & Medical Director, Neuroanesthesia 

Ravi Shah, MD

Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program 

Audrey Rosenblatt, PhD, CRNA, APRN

Director, APP Anesthesia Services 

Natalie Weatherred, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, AP-PMN

APP/RN Manager & Chronic Pain Clinic Program Coordinator 

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Pediatric 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. 

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Northbrook, Illinois 60062
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