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Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia


The Department of Pediatrics

Division of Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

UCLA Division of Pediatric Cardiology - Dr. Brian Reemtsen in OR.The division of cardiac anesthesia at UCLA is devoted to the care of patients of all ages suffering from congenital or acquired heart disease. With over 40% of all cardiac surgeries being performed for patients with congenital heart defects each year at UCLA, the cardiac anesthesiologists’ have a rich history to provide safe anesthesia for newborns, children, adolescents and adults suffering from heart disease. All of our physicians are board certified anesthesiologists who completed a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia. All members of the team are appointed faculty members at UCLA with a commitment to research and teaching in their area of interest.

The cardiac anesthesia team is well versed in providing anesthesia for all diagnostic, interventional and surgical procedures for children with cardiac defects. UCLA is one of the busiest pediatric transplant centers in the world. Our cardiac anesthesia team carries vast experience in dealing with the child suffering from heart failure. Anesthetics for the child requiring procedures as a bridge to heart transplantation (ECMO/Ventricular assist devices) are routinely performed at UCLA. In addition, the anesthesia team plays an integral part in the pediatric arrhythmia management and electrophysiology program at UCLA.

Apart from anesthetizing children for cardiac surgery, the cardiac anesthesia team consults throughout the UCLA Health for any child or grown-up with heart disease facing a procedure that requires anesthesia. Furthermore, our team members are trained echocardiographers with extensive experience in delineating the extent of heart defects, monitoring cardiac performance during a procedure as well as confirming the success of the corrective surgery.

The cardiac anesthesia team plays an integral part in UCLA’s global health initiatives. Our anesthesiologists are intimately involved in the care of children from different parts of the world who are transferred to UCLA for a higher level of medical care. In addition, many of our cardiac anesthesiologists volunteer their expertise in medical missions all over the world with an aim to share their knowledge with the local medical community. The physicians on our team are cognizant of your child’s psychological needs when facing surgery. Based on your child’s needs, the anesthesiologist will administer a sedative prior to surgery to make the transition to the operating room as easy as possible. In most cases, your child will be able to go asleep with the help of a mask delivering the anesthetic. Our anesthesiologists are also concerned with your child’s post-operative pain management. Our team works closely with the pediatric intensivists so that your child is comfortable and free of pain throughout his/her hospitalization.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s anesthetic or perioperative care, you may contact us at (310) 267-8680.

Telephone Number
(310) 267-8680
Provider Specialty
Mahajan, Aman MD, PhD Anesthesiology
Schwarzenberger, Johanna MD Anesthesiology
Sopher, Michael MD Anesthesiology