Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

The Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based clinical care to patients and families in all aspects of anesthesia, perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management. Our goals are to provide the highest quality 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 mission

The Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine is dedicated to providing care that is safe and of the highest quality to all patients, regardless of their means or background. We teach, learn, and innovate in an environment of respectful collaboration, open discourse, and transparent self-reflection. 

Our expertise in anesthesia

Our multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurse anesthetists, nurses and other clinicians are focused solely on the care of children and adolescents. We tailor the equipment and protocols we use to patients' 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 the 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 procedures
  • exemplary care for patients with pain; recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society and certified by ChildKind
  • world-renowned, multidisciplinary critical care
  • exceptional outcomes driven by continuous quality improvement initiatives
  • groundbreaking innovations and discoveries

What's more, more than 35 of our faculty members and CRNAs were born outside of the United States. Our team member and CRNAs also speak over 30 unique languages. In 2017, Boston Children's Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine was named "the top Department in the world" in an extensive review by Harvard Medical School.