Programs & Services

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 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 catheterization 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 Medical 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 a wide range of programs and was the first multidisciplinary program in the world to provide treatment and support for acute and chronic pain in children and young adults. It is the most clinically active program of its kind in the world.

Boston Home Analgesia Program for Pediatric and Young adult patients (BHAPPY)

This program works with Boston Children’s surgical, anesthesia, and nursing teams to identify young patients for whom catheter-based regional anesthetics may be appropriate. We then create a comprehensive plan for care that begins before surgery and continues for two weeks afterward.

Commitment to Comfort

Provides ideas to constantly improve the quality of pain management throughout Boston Children’s Hospital. The Executive Pain Committee is entrusted with overseeing the “Commitment to Comfort” and is composed of individuals from many disciplines. It assures that the wealth of knowledge regarding children’s pain is applied uniformly by serving as a clearinghouse for pain activities around the enterprise.

Gender Affirming Surgical Perioperative Program (GASPP)

Members of the GASPP team at Boston Children's Hospital are dedicated to providing anesthesia for both gender-affirming procedures and gender diverse individuals. Our team works collaboratively with surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare team members to provide culturally sensitive care with the goal to minimize the stress and anxiety related to anesthesia, provide continuity or care, and support patients and their families throughout the perioperative experience. 

Neuroanesthesia

Members of the Neuroanesthesia Program at Boston Children’s Hospital are experts in providing anesthesia for neurosurgical procedures varying from simple to complex. Each patient under going neurosurgery at Boston Children's Hospital receives care from a team of individuals who work collaboratively along with the patient and family to provide state-of-the-art care.

Pediatric Anesthesia Clinical and Research Internship (PACaRI)

Aims to provide future physicians and health care leaders with clinical and research opportunities that encourage innovation. This unique internship program targets the academic interests and ambitions of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students by linking basic clinical research with hands-on clinical work in the Operating Rooms.

PK Lab

The Pharmacokenetics Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital was formally created to provide clinicians and researchers with a core competence in Quantitative Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics (QCPP).

Sedation Services

Provides sedation for a variety of diagnostic or painful procedures when necessary. Health care providers who are skilled in the administration of pediatric sedation assess each patient and determine what sedation they may need for a procedure or test, based on the child’s health history and developmental level. The team’s mission is to ensure consistent, safe, high-quality care to every child.