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Associate Director of Research, Department of Anesthesia

Director of Accreditation and Quality Improvement for Procedural Sedation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Vanessa Olbrecht, MD, MBA, graduated as class valedictorian and Alpha Omega Alpha from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2007 and received the William Stewart Halsted award in surgery. She completed her internship in surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008 before transitioning to her anesthesia residency at the same institution. She joined the faculty of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as an assistant professor within the UC Department of Anesthesiology after finishing her pediatric anesthesia fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her MBA in 2015 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the director of quality improvement and accreditation for procedural sedation at Cincinnati Children's as well as the associate director of research for the Department of Anesthesia.

Dr. Olbrecht’s achievements include multiple research publications in major journals focused on clinical outcomes in both surgery and anesthesia. She has presented her work at local and national meetings and has won several awards for these presentations, including a Gertie Marx award and the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia Young Investigator Award.

Additional Languages

French, Spanish

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

Clinical Divisions

Anesthesia, Perioperative Pain Management

Research Divisions


My Education

BA: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2003.

MD: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2007.

MBA: The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2015.

Internship: General Surgery, The Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA, 2007-2008.

Residency: Anesthesia, The Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA, 2008-2011.

Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2011-2012.

Certification: Anesthesiology, 2012; Pediatric Anesthesia, 2013.

My Publications

Guided relaxation-based virtual reality versus distraction-based virtual reality or passive control for postoperative pain management in children and adolescents undergoing Nuss repair of pectus excavatum: protocol for a prospective, randomised, controlled trial (FOREVR Peds trial). Olbrecht, VA; Williams, SE; O'Conor, KT; Boehmer, CO; Marchant, GW; Glynn, SM; Geisler, KJ; Ding, L; Yang, G; King, CD. BMJ Open. 2020; 10.

Trends in Pediatric Pain: Thinking Beyond Opioids. Walter, CM; Abbasian, N; Olbrecht, VA. Anesthesiology Clinics of North America. 2020; 38:663-678.

Moving Beyond the Ordinary: Transcending Traditions in Pediatric Anesthesia. Olbrecht, VA; Perate, AR. Anesthesiology Clinics of North America. 2020; 38:xv-xvi.

Joy in Work: a Systems-Based Approach. Musial, A; Clemens, N; Meier, KA; Olbrecht, VA; Gerrein, BT; Ungard, W; Schweer, M; Statile, AM; White, CM. Current treatment options in pediatrics. 2019; 5:26-36.

Statistical Analysis Plan for "An international multicenter study of isoelectric electroencephalography events in infants and young children during anesthesia for surgery ". Yuan, I; Olbrecht, VA; Mensinger, JL; Zhang, B; Davidson, AJ; von Ungern-Sternberg, BS; Skowno, J; Lian, Q; Song, X; Zhao, P; et al. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2019; 29:243-249.

Intravenous Acetaminophen Reduces Length of Stay Via Mediation of Postoperative Opioid Consumption After Posterior Spinal Fusion in a Pediatric Cohort. Olbrecht, VA; Ding, L; Spruance, K; Hossain, M; Sadhasivam, S; Chidambaran, V. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2018; 34:593-599.

Anesthesia for Nuss Procedures (Pectus Deformity). Olbrecht, VA. Anesthesiology. 2018.

Characterization of the functional near-infrared spectroscopy response to nociception in a pediatric population. Olbrecht, VA; Jiang, Y; Viola, L; Walter, CM; Liu, H; Kurth, CD. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2018; 28:103-111.

An International, Multicenter, Observational Study of Cerebral Oxygenation during Infant and Neonatal Anesthesia. Olbrecht, VA; Skowno, J; Marchesini, V; Ding, L; Jiang, Y; Ward, CG; Yu, G; Liu, H; Schurink, B; Vutskits, L; et al. Anesthesiology. 2018; 128:85-96.