UCSF Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Team – Providing Expert Care for Little Hearts

Deciding where and how to seek care for an infant is one of the most difficult and fraught decisions a new parent can make. Now imagine that infant has been born prematurely, with a low birth weight, and with congenital heart disease that will require surgery to repair. The world-renowned Pediatric Cardiac team at UCSF provides high-level care to the sickest babies – helping parents from all walks of life navigate some of the most difficult moments they will ever endure. The Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology team is an integral part of this care, working closely with V. Mohan Reddy, MD, the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCSF and Co-Director of the Pediatric Heart Center at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - San Francisco. Led by Division Chief Scott Schulman, MD, MHS, the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology team routinely manages the most complex pediatric surgical cases, some lasting as long as a full day and requiring multiple expert pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists working in conjunction with the surgeon and other allied health care professionals. Many of the families have been referred from as far as out of state to receive this expert care. Pictured here are Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology faculty Drs. William Ng, Kathryn Rouine-Rapp, and Hung Nguyen, after they successfully provided all-day anesthesia care for a complex pediatric cardiac surgical case. Former chief of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology, Professor Isobel Russell, MD, PhD, (not pictured), provided the photo.