Department of Anesthesia Programs and Services

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The Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine is home to four divisions:

Division of Perioperative Anesthesia: Provides anesthesia before, during and shortly after inpatient surgical procedures. The division operates a patient-centered, multidisciplinary system of coordinated care that strives for better health, better health care and reduced costs of care. These goals are met through shared decision-making and seamless continuity of care for the surgical patient, from the decision for surgery through recovery, discharge and follow up.

Division of Cardiac Anesthesia: Provides anesthesia and pain management for patients undergoing cardiac (heart), thoracic (lungs) or vascular (blood vessels) surgeries and procedures in the catheterrization laboratory, imaging suites and cardiac operating rooms. The cardiac anesthesia team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and advanced monitors, including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), cerebral oximetry and pulmonary artery catheters.

Division of Critical Care Medicine: Provides critical care services to children who are critically ill or injured or who suffer acute or chronic pain. Our 30-bed Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) and 12-bed Medicine Intensive Care Unit (MICU) are run by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and nurses who provide critical care services in medicine, general surgery, transplantation, neurosurgery, trauma, orthopedics, otolaryngology (the study of head and neck disorders) and craniofacial reconstruction.

Division of Pain Medicine: Provides an interactive team approach to acute pain treatment and chronic pain management with consultative and outpatient clinics that tailor treatment options to individual patient needs. The division's Pain Treatment Services offers wide range of programs including:

  • Chronic Headache Program: A collaborative effort with Boston Children's Department of Neurology, the Headache Program at Boston Children’s Hospital have great expertise in diagnosing the various types of pediatric headaches and their causes. Our team helps our young patients to manage their headache pain, and continue or return to their regular activities. Together with our patients and their families, we take a collaborative approach at ensuring that each child we treat is able to meet his or her optimal ability to live life uninterrupted by pain.
  • Chronic Pain Clinic: Addresses wide range of pain related conditions including chronic pediatric neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain. The Chronic Pain Clinic is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society for providing exemplary care to patients with chronic pain. 
  • Medical Acupuncture Service: Acute and chronic pain management through acupuncture.Acupuncture is performed by a doctor fully licensed in western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. The Medical Acupuncture Service at Boston Children's is one of the most active pediatric medical acupuncture services in the country.
  • The Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center: the most comprehensive stand-alone, day hospital program of its kind in the United States, offering intensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation to children and adolescents with chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain who have not responded to traditional pain treatment.
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