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Director, Cardiac Anesthesia

Staff Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesia

Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia



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My Biography & Research

Clinical Interests

Cardiac anesthesia; neurologic injury in children with congenital heart disease; improving perioperative safety

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia


Anesthesia, Heart, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Heart

My Education

MD: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, 1993.

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA, 1994.

Residency: Anesthesiology, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 1997.

Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1998.

Certification: Anesthesiology, 1998.

My Publications

The Extremely Premature Infant (Micropremie) and Common Neonatal Emergencies. Spaeth, JP; Lam, JE. A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children. 2019.

Comparison of Intranasal Dexmedetomidine and Oral Pentobarbital Sedation for Transthoracic Echocardiography in Infants and Toddlers: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial. Miller, JW; Ding, L; Gunter, JB; Lam, JE; Lin, EP; Paquin, JR; Li, BL; Spaeth, JP; Kreeger, RN; Divanovic, A; et al. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2018; 126:2009-2016.

Does intranasal dexmedetomidine provide adequate plasma concentrations for sedation in children: a pharmacokinetic study. Miller, JW; Balyan, R; Dong, M; Mahmoud, M; Lam, JE; Pratap, JN; Paquin, JR; Li, BL; Spaeth, JP; Vinks, A; et al. British Journal of Anaesthesia. 2018; 120:1056-1065.

Interventions designed using quality improvement methods reduce the incidence of serious airway events and airway cardiac arrests during pediatric anesthesia. Spaeth, JP; Kreeger, R; Varughese, AM; Wittkugel, E. Pediatric Anesthesia. 2016; 26:164-172.

Anesthesia for Left-sided Obstructive Lesions. Spaeth, JP; Loepke, AW. Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease: Third Edition. : John Wiley & Sons, Inc; John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2015.