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Nathaniel Tighe, MD, MM

  • Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesia
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia
I’m deeply committed to my patients' safety and comfort and strive to create the best possible experience for children and families.



My clinical specialty is pediatric anesthesia. Before becoming a physician, I trained as a professional musician. After spending time with children at an orphanage in rural India and volunteering at a free clinic nearby, I decided to pursue a career in medicine. This decision was primarily due to the positive influence of an anesthesiologist/musician, who inspired me to specialize in anesthesia.

My wife and I had two children during medical school, one of whom had a serious illness. This experience allowed me to see firsthand the value of family-centered pediatric care. Because of my experience as a father, I feel at home working with children and families, and I greatly enjoy having these interactions as a part of my daily work. I’m deeply committed to my patients' safety and comfort and strive to create the best possible experience for children and families.

I have come to appreciate that the practice of anesthesiology is a beautiful blend of art and science. I love the creativity of customizing anesthetics for each patient based on their unique medical, cultural and family requirements. Also, I enjoy how children force anesthesia providers to improvise in the moment using various techniques to ensure children's safety and comfort.

When I'm not working, I have maintained my music involvement parallel with my medical training. I also collaborate with my wife, who is also a professional musician.

BM: University of Rochester Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, 2006.

MM: Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 2008.

MD: Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN, 2015.

Residency: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, 2019.

Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 2020.

Services and Specialties


Research Areas



Alfentanil Pretreatment for Electroconvulsive Therapy-Associated Hemodynamic Lability: A Prospective Randomized Crossover Trial. McCutchen, TM; Gligorovic, PV; Tighe, NT G; Templeton, TW; Saha, AK. Journal of ECT. 2022.

Aerosol barriers in pediatric anesthesiology: Clinical data supports FDA caution. Tighe, NT G; McClain, CD; Vlassakova, BG; Cravero, JP; Peyton, JM; Kovatsis, PG; Park, RS; Stein, ML. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2021; 31:461-464.

Intubation precautions in a pediatric patient with severe COVID-19. Shaw, R; Tighe, N; Odegard, KC; Alexander, P; Emani, S; Yuki, K. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2020; 58.

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