Our pediatric cardiac anesthesiology fellowship is a twelve-month integrated program designed to prepare trainees for clinical and academic careers providing anesthesia for patients with congenital heart disease. Our goal is to train a well-rounded clinician skilled in the anesthetic management of neonates, children, and young adults with congenital heart disease in both cardiac and non-cardiac related procedures.
Last year the division of cardiac anesthesia here at Cincinnati Children’s provided care for 821 cardiac catheterizations (diagnostic, therapeutic, hybrid), 184 electrophysiologic procedures, 268 cardiopulmonary bypass open heart cases, 107 non-bypass heart cases, and 11 thoracic cases. We perform, on average, 10 cardiac transplants each year, and have a well-established lung transplant program. Our cardiothoracic surgeons have experience in the implantation of various ventricular assist devices for heart failure, such as the Berlin Heart EXCOR, HeartMate II, HeartWare, and Syncardia Total Artificial Heart. Cincinnati Children’s is one of the few centers nationwide performing slide tracheoplasties for complete tracheal rings, which involves cardiothoracic surgery when cardiopulmonary bypass is required. Beyond the operating room and cardiac catheterization laboratory, fellows will provide anesthesia/sedation in radiology and echocardiogram clinic. They will also care for patients in the cardiac intensive care unit.
We offer 1-2 positions each year with a hybrid approach that allows our fellows to function as both trainee and attending. The majority of the time is spent training as a fellow, however one day per week, our fellows work in the general operating rooms as attendings to anesthesia residents, fellows and CRNAs. This opportunity allows fellows a chance to develop autonomy while gaining experience before graduation. In order to take advantage of this model, fellows must be able to obtain a full unrestricted Ohio medical license. Those candidates who do not qualify to get an unrestricted license will function as full time fellows.