I’m a pediatric anesthesiologist. The year 2023 marks my 20th year in my specialty. For over two decades, I have helped roll out regional anesthesia, started protocols for pediatric total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), and led the Anesthesia Transplant Team. I continue to be an early adopter of innovative techniques, especially those involving point-of-care ultrasound.
Being a doctor was a decision I made early in life. I knew I wanted to work with children during my first pediatric rotation. I trained in pediatric anesthesiology to provide the best comfort and care for children seeking medical and specifically surgical help at home and anywhere in the world.
I strive to be empathetic. Remembering what it’s like to be a child — scared and looking for a friendly smile. I’m mindful that for a parent, it is a leap of faith to hand their baby over to someone else’s care. I understand that I’m caring for their most precious being in the world.
MD: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogata, Colombia, 1997.
Internship: Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, 2001.
Residency: Penn State University, M.S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, 2003.
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.
Certification: Anesthesiology, 2004; ECFMG, 2004; ACLS Provider, 2007; ACLS Instructor, 2007; PALS Provider, 2007; PALS Instructor, 2008.
Pediatric regional anesthesia; clinical and didactic teaching; international outreach
Transplant Surgery: Liver Transplantation. Pediatric Anesthesia A Comprehensive Approach to Safe and Effective Care. New York: Springer Publishing Company; 2022.
Transplant surgery. Pediatric Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Approach to Safe and Effective Care. 2022.
Perioperative anaphylaxis to intravenous vancomycin in a pediatric patient with previous topical exposures. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. 2021; 127:264-266.
Anesthesia for Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Cell Autotransplantation (TPIAT). Anaesthesia for Uncommon and Emerging Procedures. : Springer Nature; Springer Nature; 2021.