Peter Laussen | Overview
Executive Vice President, Health Affairs, Boston Children's Hospital
Peter Laussen, MBBS, FANZCA, FCICM, is the Executive Vice President of Health Affairs at Boston Children’s Hospital. An esteemed leader in hospital care, Dr. Laussen oversees our medical delivery system and helps craft our vision for continued growth in technology and pediatric care. He partners with leadership across the hospital on a full range of research, clinical, academic, operational, and strategic issues, while also caring for patients as an Attending in our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
Dr. Laussen has been a member of the Boston Children’s team for more than two decades. In 2002, he was appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Clinical Care and the Dolly D. Hansen Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia. During his first tenure at Boston Children’s, Dr. Laussen was instrumental in the development of “T3” (Tracking, Trajectory, and Triggering), a web-based early warning system that helps ICU staff assess the patient’s physiologic state at their bedside. He also co-founded “Risky Business,” the groundbreaking series of conferences focusing on risk management, patient safety, and safety awareness.
Following his first years of service at Boston Children’s, Dr. Laussen joined the Hospital for Sick Kids (SickKids) in Toronto, as Chief of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, where he oversaw one of the preeminent pediatric critical care programs in the world. Dr. Laussen also served as Associate Senior Scientist in Child Health and Evaluative Sciences at the SickKids Research Institute, where he built one of the largest data science programs in pediatric critical care in the world.
Dr. Laussen returned to Boston Children’s in May 2020, taking on his current role as Executive Vice President of Health Affairs. His research and educational focus are centered on cardiac critical care and anesthesia, and he continues to pass on his knowledge and expertise in the field by serving as an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto, and a full Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Laussen received his medical degree from Melbourne University Medical School, in Melbourne, Australia, and fellowships in anesthesia and pediatric critical care medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Laussen has achieved significant success in recruitment strategies for new faculty, reduction of Serious Safety Events, development of a sustainable research structure, and growth of world-renowned training programs.