Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology provides clinical training in all aspects of pediatric anesthesia at both the resident and fellow level. For seven participants, we offer a one-year advanced fellowship program in pediatric anesthesiology that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Fellowship Overview

During the fellowship year, each fellow with be exposed to a diverse and comprehensive clinical experience when providing anesthesia care to neonates, infants, children, and adolescents in the OR and outside of the OR, that spans across all pediatric surgical and medical subspecialties. Our fellows work alongside top-notch surgeons and medical doctors in their specialty fields, providing medical care to small children and young adolescents with the latest surgical techniques and medical advancements at CHONY. Since the induction of the ABA Pediatric Board Certification Examination, we have had a 100% pass rate among our graduating fellows.

We offer a pediatric anesthesiology curriculum that employs a longitudinal experience in cardiac anesthesia, regional anesthesia, pediatric pain, and perioperative medicine, which is unique amongst all the pediatric anesthesiology fellowship programs in the country. During the longitudinal experience, our fellows acquire technical skills and clinical knowledge that are built on prior experiences and reinforced as they progress through the year. The critical care experience will include rotations in Pediatric Intensive Care as well as Neonatal Intensive Care.

In addition to the clinical experience, we have a robust didactic curriculum based on the ABA Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination Content Outline that is designed to educate our fellows on topics pertaining to pediatric anesthesiology. The didactic curriculum consists of a series of lectures given by fellows to residents, which provides them with opportunities to become educators in their field and to develop their speaking skills. We also have invited guest speakers from medical and surgical specialties to give lectures to our fellows and residents, and monthly, interdisciplinary M&M case conferences to discuss interesting cases.

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia has active programs in both basic and clinical research. Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects. Our fellows contribute to our Quality Assurance (QA) database, which captures pertinent information for all pediatric anesthesia cases at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospotial. Over the years, many fellows have developed research projects from data in our QA database.

We were the coordinating site for the multi-site Pediatric Anesthesia NeuroDevelopment Assessment (PANDA) study, which was recently completed with results published in JAMA. The PANDA study investigated the neurodevelopmental outcome of healthy children following a single exposure to general anesthesia during early childhood.

The overall experience during the fellowship year, including clinical, teaching and research, culminates in an armamentarium of skills and expertise that prepares the fellows for a career in pediatric anesthesiology, in either academia or private practice.

How to Apply

Individuals interested in the fellowship program must have successfully completed an ACGME –accredited residency training program in Anesthesiology prior to the start of the fellowship.

Candidates are accepted both through the National Resident Matching Program for Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship and outside of the National Resident Matching Program. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications and materials as early as possible.

To apply to the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship program, please review the checklist, complete the application form, and forward all materials to:

Ms. Vicki Risser
Administrative Assistant
Columbia University
Department of Anesthesiology
622 West 168th Street PH-5
New York, NY 10032

Fellowship Contacts

Fellowship Director:
Lena S. Sun, MD
Emanuel M. Papper Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics

Fellowship Administration:
Ms. Vicki Risser
Administrative Assistant
Columbia University
Department of Anesthesiology
622 West 168th Street PH-5
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-305-2413
Email: vr2274@cumc.columbia.edu