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Associate Perioperative Clinical Director, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Liberty Campus

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


My family's core values, especially my grandfather's, inspired me to live a life of service and pursue challenging goals to make a difference. Early in my clinical care experiences in my residency, I discovered that the opportunity to care for children is an amazing privilege. I find it easy to put my best self forward daily for the amazing patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

I specialize in pediatric anesthesia care with an added emphasis on ultrasound vascular access, fetal surgery, anesthesia for imaging procedures, regional anesthesia and spine surgery. When I care for a patient, I stress preparation, communication and listening. I try to understand what is important to each family and integrate their expectations into my clinical care as much as possible.

Every medical decision is a matter of weighing the risks and benefits. There are no black-and-white answers. Thoughtfully wading through the gray areas with patients and families is at the heart of providing excellent anesthetic care.

My research mostly involves the question, “How can I help clinical teams of unique providers effectively operate under challenging clinical scenarios?” I am a very active perioperative-simulation educator.

I spend most of my spare time being a dad, but when I do have time, I pursue Brazilian jiu-jitsu and CrossFit.

Research Interests

Academic Interests focus on simulation education for trainees, fetal surgery team, liver transplant team, and perioperative code response.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

Clinical Divisions

Anesthesia, Perioperative Pain Management

Research Divisions


My Education

BS: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

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

Residency: Anesthesia, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2012.

Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

Masters of Education: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.