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Director of Education, Department of Anesthesia

Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia



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My Biography & Research


I am a pediatric anesthesiologist at Cincinnati Children’s.

As a cancer survivor, I know being a patient is stressful. I am deeply committed to working with each of my patients and families to customize our anesthetic approach to make the perioperative experience as pleasant as possible.

I am fortunate to have been mentored by many talented physicians, including my father, an orthopaedic surgeon; Steven Hall, MD, the former chief of Anesthesiology at Lurie Children’s Hospital; and Theodore (Ted) Striker, MD, the former chief of Anesthesiology at Cincinnati Children’s.

My medical interests include education, international medicine, wellness and physician mental health. As the chair of the professional health committee at Cincinnati Children’s, I play a central role in program development in these areas.

My research focuses on how we measure technical competency in medicine. I am also interested in developing best practices when working with behaviorally challenged adults and children in the perioperative setting. I collaborate with the Lindner Center of Hope to determine how to best serve the needs of clinicians with mental health issues.

When I’m not working, I spend time cooking and metalsmithing. I’m also into physical fitness.

Clinical Interests

Medical education; difficult airway; morbid obesity

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

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My Education

MD: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1987.

Residency: Anesthesia, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1993; Pediatrics, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1990.

Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 1994.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1990; Anesthesiology, 1995.

My Publications

Spine Growth Modulation in Early Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Two-Year Results of Prospective US FDA IDE Pilot Clinical Safety Study of Titanium Clip-Screw Implant. Wall, EJ; Reynolds, JE; Jain, VV; Bylski-Austrow, DI; Thompson, GH; Samuels, PJ; Barnett, SJ; Crawford, AH. Spine Deformity. 2017; 5:314-324.

Anesthetic considerations for pediatric obesity and adolescent bariatric surgery. Samuels, PJ; Sjoblom, MD. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology. 2016; 29:327-336.