Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine | Overview

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The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital provides state-of-the art clinical care to patients and families in all aspects of anesthesia, perioperative medicine, critical care and pain management. Our goals are to provide highest quality of postgraduate medical education, lead innovative research, foster an institutional culture of safety, and enhance the health and well being of the children and families in our local community and around the world.

Our expertise

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Our multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurse anesthetists, nurses and other clinicians is focused solely on the care of children and adolescents. We tailor the equipment and protocols we use to children's unique needs and physiology, maximizing safety while minimizing discomfort as much as possible. 

Our team continually re-examines the standard methods of clinical care and works to develop better, more reliable practices for protecting a child's heart, lung and brain function and blood circulation during anesthesia and medical care. Our record of innovation and publication has earned us top recognition.

What sets us apart

We specialize in care of children. Our patients range from babies still in the womb to adults. Our patients come to Boston Children’s from every part of the United States, as well as from all over the world, for care that combines:

  • State-of-the art clinical care before, during and after surgery and Pigtailsprocedures
  • Exemplary care for patients with pain, recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society & certified by ChildKind
  • World renowned multidisciplinary critical care
  • Exceptional outcomes driven by continuous quality improvement initiatives
  • Groundbreaking innovations and discoveries
  • Over 35 faculty members and CRNAs were born outside of the United States
  • Faculty members and CRNAs speak over 30 unique languages

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In the news

Check out a few of these innovative and influential initiatives and activities that garner national and international attention.


Local Doctors Offering Procedure to Help Ease Back Pain – WCVB, 03/27/2015: Kevin Lee suffered from debilitating back pain before going to see Dr. Pradeep Dinakar at Brigham and Woman’s Health Care Center in Foxborough. After receiving a non-invasive surgery using the COOLIEF* Sinergy Cooled Radiofrequency Treatment, Lee was about to walk, lift, and stretch again with ease. Because of this innovative treatment he went back to living his life and didn’t another treatment for a full year.

Off the 3-D Printer, Practice Parts for the Surgeon - New York Times, 02/26/2015: Over the past few years physicians at Boston Children’s have used 3-D-printing technology to create models of patient’s bones and other body parts so that they can practice surgical procedures outside of the OR. Recently this technology helped in the successful restructuring of Violet Pietrok’s skull.

In the News2Tips for Reducing Needlestick Pain in Children The Clinical Advisor, 02/02/2015: Dr. Navil Sethna, the Senior Anesthesiologist and Clinical Director at the Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center, offers advice on how to reduce pain, fear, and distress in children who are to receive needle injections or sutures.

Helping Children Push Past the Pain – The Boston Globe, 12/29/2014: The Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center located at Boston Children’s Hospital Waltham campus is an outpatient pain treatment center that provides therapy to five or six children with chronic pain at a time.

Boston Nurse Records ‘Desperately Sad’ Experiences Treating Ebola Patients in Liberia - WBUR’s CommonHealth, 11/12/2014: John Welch, a nurse anesthetist at Boston Children’s Hospital, went to Liberia last fall to assist with the ebola crisis. There he had many harrowing experiences, which only reaffirmed his commitment to the necessity of this work.

Amelia Watt – Pain Story – Vimeo, 10/03/2014: Amelia Watt developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) after what seemed like an inconsequential ankle sprain while playing soccer. After months of searching and not finding answers, she finally enrolled in the Mayo Clinic Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center. There she was able to recover and now she is able to fully participate in the academics and extracurricular activities at her school.  

Mary Friona and Her Daughter Share Their Story - WGRZ, 05/10/2012: In 2010 Maria Friona got into a terrible accident, which shattered her femur and severed her femoral artery, and eventually led to severe, chronic pain. Her pain was diagnosed as Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy (RSD). After both inpatient and outpatient treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital she was able to recover and now enjoys playing sports with other kids her age.


Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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