Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship


We invite applications for a one-year fellowship position in Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology. Prerequisites include the MD degree and completion of an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency program. Prior completion of an ACGME-accredited fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology is preferred. The successful applicant must have (or be eligible to obtain) a California medical license. Each fellow receives appointment as a Clinical Instructor.

The focus of this fellowship is to obtain training in the delivery of anesthetic care to pediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery procedures for the correction of congenital heart defects. Training includes care of patients in the pediatric catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories, and general operating room care of pediatric patients with congenital cardiac disease. Also, the Clinical Instructor will serve as an attending general anesthesiologist one day per week in the general operating rooms.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at UCLA is devoted to the care of patients of all ages suffering from congenital or acquired heart disease. With over 40 percent of all cardiac surgeries being performed for patients with congenital heart defects each year at UCLA, the cardiac anesthesiologists have a rich history of providing 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 pediatric cardiac anesthesia. All members of the team are appointed faculty members at UCLA with a commitment to research and teaching in their areas 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 team shares 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 system for any child or adult 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, and 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 communities.

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A number of our research laboratories in basic and translational science also focus on cardiovascular research. Read more about them>

For further information, please contact:

Jure Marijic MD, Fellowship Director  ([email protected])
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
757 Westwood Plaza, Suite 3325
Los Angeles, CA 90095