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Joanna R. Paquin, MD

  • Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesia
  • Director, Quality Improvement and Accreditation for Procedural Sedation
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia
I believe it is a privilege to care for children, and I enjoy getting to know our patients and families.
Joanna R. Paquin, MD



As a pediatric anesthesiologist, I specialize in providing safe sedation for children with congenital heart conditions.

I believe it is a privilege to care for children, and I enjoy getting to know our patients and families. I’ve been a member of the cardiac anesthesia team at Cincinnati Children’s since 2014. Our team constantly strives to provide the best care possible for our patients.

My parents inspired me to become a doctor. They always worked to provide a better world for my siblings and me. When I can help a child in the smallest way, it is worth the hard work.

In my research, I focus on finding the best sedation practices in children, specifically those with congenital heart disease.

The cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) staff awarded me the "Heart of the Unit'" honor. This recognition is for upholding the Cincinnati Children's CARE promise standards. It meant the world to me that such a compassionate and hardworking group thought enough of me to acknowledge me in this way.

As a native Cincinnatian, I enjoy all this city has to offer. When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my family, exploring and sharing our lovely town with them.

MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

Residency: Anesthesiology, University Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

Fellowships: Pediatric Anesthesia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013; Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.

Certification: Anesthesiology, 2013; Pediatric Anesthesiology, 2014.


Congenital cardiac anesthesia

Services and Specialties



Sedation in congenital heart disease

Research Areas



Clinical Outcomes Associated With Intranasal Dexmedetomidine Sedation in Children. Tsze, DS; Rogers, AP; Baier, NM; Paquin, JR; Majcina, R; Phelps, JR; Hollenbeck, A; Sulton, CD; Cravero, JP. Hospital Pediatrics. 2023; 13:223-243.

Using intranasal dexmedetomidine with buccal midazolam for magnetic resonance imaging sedation in children: A single-arm prospective interventional study. Li, BL; Luo, H; Huang, JX; Zhang, HH; Paquin, JR; Yuen, VM; Song, XR. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2022; 10:889369.

Cardiac catheterization laboratory. Paquin, JR. Pediatric Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Approach to Safe and Effective Care. 2022.

Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot. Paquin, JR. Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia. : Cambridge University Press (CUP); Cambridge University Press (CUP); 2021.

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