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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Anesthesiology and Pain

Children who need surgery typically have complex medical problems that affect many parts of the body. The pediatric anesthesiologist is best qualified to evaluate these conditions and plan a safe anesthetic for each child.

Pediatric anesthesiologists are responsible for the general anesthesia, sedation, and pain management needs of infants and children from the newborn period through the teenage years. The services they provide include:

  • Evaluation of medical problems when surgery is needed
  • Planning and care both before and after surgery
  • Pain control, if needed after surgery, with intravenous medications or other anesthetic techniques
  • Anesthesia and sedation for many procedures out of the operating room, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography scan, and radiation therapy

Pediatric Anesthesiology in the UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine specializes in the care of children who are undergoing scheduled and emergency care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. We provide the latest perioperative care to pediatric patients suffering from a wide range of medical conditions, including congenital and acquired heart disease, burns, birth defects, trauma, and spinal and orthopedic conditions.

We also support procedural sedation services in the pediatric cardiology labs, interventional radiology, MRI Suite and Comprehensive Cancer Center. We provide pre-operative consultative and counseling services, including pain management services for children and their parents to prepare and ease the passage of the child through surgery and recovery.

At UC Davis Children’s Hospital, you and your child will be met by a friendly team o doctors, nurses, technicians, assistants, and administrative staff who will help you and your child through the day of surgery. The pediatric anesthesiologist will discuss the anesthesia process with you and your child: what anesthesia will do, how it will be administered, and how long your child may be affected by it after the treatment. You’ll discuss the possible need for medication to help your child to relax before the anesthesia is administered. The anesthesiologist will accompany your child into the operating room for the duration of their treatment.

Rajvinder Dhamrait, director of pediatric anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and medical director of the Children’s Surgery Center, heads the pediatric anesthesiology team. He is active in clinical research and in the training of pediatric anesthesia fellows, anesthesiology and pediatric residents, and medical students.

The team includes:

  • Assistant Professor David August, an expert on how children’s physiologies react when different anesthetic agents are used
  • Professor Ken Furukawa, whose research interests include general anesthesia and respiratory infections, as well as acute pain control for skin grafting in burned children
  • Associate Professor Norma Klein, whose research projects focus on legalities in medicine
  • Cathy Lammers, an associate professor and director of the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Training Program whose research interests include pediatric pain management
  • Assistant Clinical Professor Sungeun Lee, who serves as the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine’s director of pediatric acute pain and as pediatric anesthesiology program director
  • Assistant Professor Michael Leeman, who specializes in quality of care issues and whose clinical interests include providing cardiac anesthesia, as well as pediatric airway management
  • Assistant Professor Bradley Randel, whose clinical practice is devoted to pediatric cardiac surgery, interventional radiology and same-day surgical procedures