Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia


Board Certified

"I try to provide compassionate and personalized care for each patient I treat."

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric anesthesiologist, I try to provide compassionate and personalized care for each patient I treat.

When I provide pain management, I use many different methods to keep my patients comfortable. My tools include medication management, integrative care and behavioral management to address the whole patient. When I provide anesthesia services, I work with families to deliver treatment that addresses the family’s goals and needs while caring for the child in the safest way possible.

I chose to be an anesthesiologist because I believe it is the perfect blend of the best parts of medicine.

In my research, I study ways to safely and most effectively provide pain management to our patient population.

I was honored to win a 2018 Young Investigator Award from the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia for my work with epigenetics and chronic pain and anxiety.

In my free time, I like to travel, try new restaurants and spend time with family and friends. I attended the University of Kentucky for my undergraduate and graduate work and I still cheer enthusiastically for my Wildcats.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

Clinical Divisions

Anesthesia, Pain Management, Perioperative Pain Management

Research Divisions


My Education

MD: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2010.

Residency: Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Certification: Anesthesiology, 2015.

My Publications

Trends in Pediatric Pain: Thinking Beyond Opioids. Walter, CM; Abbasian, N; Olbrecht, VA. Anesthesiology Clinics of North America. 2020; 38:663-678.

Anesthesia for Ophthalmological Procedures. Walter, C. Anesthesiology. 2018.

Characterization of the functional near-infrared spectroscopy response to nociception in a pediatric population. Olbrecht, VA; Jiang, Y; Viola, L; Walter, CM; Liu, H; Kurth, CD. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2018; 28:103-111.