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Joseph W. McSoley, MD

  • Physician, Department of Anesthesia
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia



As an anesthesiologist, I work in all clinical settings at Cincinnati Children’s. I spend most of my time in the main operating room, taking care of patients of all ages and sizes.

I work with the fetal team that specializes in anesthesia for fetal surgery. I assist in radiology where I provide sedation for children before CT, MRI and other imaging scans. And, I perform peripheral nerve blocks for pain management at the Cincinnati Children’s outpatient center in Liberty Township.

As cliché as it is, I try to put myself in the shoes of each patient and their parents. I try to empathize with the stresses they are going through on the day of surgery. While the day-to-day workings of the operating room are routine to me, I know it's not for the patient or their family. I work to ensure that every family member and patient feels as comfortable as possible with the plan for the day. I provide answers to any questions that come up.

I know how I would want to be treated if my child were having surgery. So, I treat your child like my own and give the best possible care.

Medicine is in my blood, and I always knew I wanted to be in healthcare to some degree. My dad is a physician, and my grandfather was a pharmacist. My older brother, who is mentally disabled, is a huge inspiration in my life. His main deficits are in language and communication. Trying to figure out his needs and wants is a challenge. I take great pride in deciphering things for him.

Pediatric anesthesia is very similar. My patients cannot always verbalize their worries, their concerns or even their pain. It is my job to try and do this for them. I take it as my responsibility to figure this out. Knowing a child’s concerns lets us provide the care they need to live a better life.

In my free time, I like to spend time with family, read and be outdoors. I enjoy biking, running, hiking and playing sports (I played division 1 baseball for four years). I am a huge Indianapolis Colts fan.

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