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WELCOME

It is a pleasure to welcome you to this year’s Principles of Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care conference in Boston, hosted by the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and accredited by Harvard Medical School. We face an ever-changing world, and the practice of pediatric anesthesiology can be a risky business. As the specialty continues to evolve, we are pleased to offer you an exciting, cutting edge pediatric anesthesia conference focusing on innovation, pediatric anesthesia research, hot topics and challenges, risk management techniques and interactive workshops.

This year we are very fortunate to have Jeff Bauman as our keynote speaker as part of our Disaster training panel on Friday afternoon. Jeff lost both of this legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.  Since that tragic day, Jeff has remained a beacon of hope, strength and resilience and will share his experiences as a patient. Our second keynote speaker is Professor C. Dean Kurth, Chief Anesthesiologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Professor Kurth will discuss 5 Steps to Improving Patient Safety during a special complimentary luncheon for attendees on Friday. In addition to our distinguished Boston Children’s Hospital faculty, we are honored to have Professor Charles Cote who will share his experience in taking care of the chronically ill pediatric patient.

The conference offers interactive optional breakfast and lunch breakout panels each day. These informal sessions are staffed by our faculty and designed to facilitate a two way learning process between attendees and faculty. We will be featuring a complimentary Pediatric Airway workshop on Saturday afternoon. Optional workshops include a Regional Block and Pain Treatment Workshop and our new Point-of-Care Ultrasound Workshop. This workshop will offer practical tips on using the ultrasound as a tool for evaluating the hemodynamic status and other aspects of the patient. Another new offering this year will be an Ether Dome tour, where participants will have the chance to visit the site where William Morton on October 16, 1846 performed the first┬ápublic surgery using ether anesthetic. Registrants also have the option to pair two or three days of the conference with a pediatric MOCA┬« course, which will take place in the operating rooms and recovery area of Boston Children’s Hospital.

We encourage participants to share their research and experiences by submitting their work for the poster session during the complimentary wine reception on Friday evening, where they will have the chance to network with other attendees and faculty. Our objective for the conference is to teach risk management in the perioperative setting and to create an opportunity for participants and faculty to interact with other clinicians for the benefit of their pediatric patients, practice, education and research. We hope you enjoy your visit to Boston and have a valuable experience.


Course Director
Bistra Vlassakova, MD

Course Co-Directors
Kirsten C. Odegard, MD
Mary Ellen McCann, MD
Janet Valicenti, CRNA