Education at Stanford University Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine is rich, vibrant, diverse and available for faculty fellows, residents and others with an interest in learning.

The Department offers a 12-month ACGME accredited fellowship training program in pediatric anesthesia, which provides a comprehensive clinical experience in pediatric anesthesia allowing the trainee to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to become a perioperative consultant in pediatric anesthesia. Clinical experiences include all subspecialties of pediatric anesthesia, pain management, regional anesthesia, critical care, and a variety of other educational electives. For more information please go to Fellowship Tab or contact Dr. Louise Furukawa at

Qualified trainees may apply for a second-year training, with opportunities for advanced clinical experience in pediatric cardiac anesthesia, pediatric pain management, research or quality, safety and performance improvement. For information on advanced training, please contact:

Stanford is one of a few programs that offers a combined pediatrics/anesthesiology integrated 5-year program. For more information please contact Dr. Jennifer Wagner  


Opened in 1991, the Packard Children’s Hospital currently houses 311 beds and 6 centers of excellence:

  • Brain and Behavior
  • Cancer
  • Heart
  • Pregnancy and Newborn
  • Pulmonary
  • Transplant

The institution has a level IV Neonatal ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, and Pediatric ICU and is a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.

Unique Features

  • Highest complexity children’s hospital on the West Coast
  • Ample research opportunities with prolific and well-respected clinician scientists
  • Regular simulation series with opportunities to teach and learn alongside leaders in simulation
  • Busy and complex pediatric acute, chronic, and outpatient pain service
  • Motivated and enthusiastic faculty
    • No mid-level providers
    • Faculty experienced and comfortable performing own cases as well as teaching trainees
    • Many faculty with advanced degrees and advanced education training
  • Innovative thinking encouraged and supported
  • Access to Stanford University and Stanford School of Medicine resources
  • World Renowned Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Program
  • Conjoined twin experience CBS News: Conjoined Twins 2016
  • Highest volume pediatric solid organ transplant services nationally
    • Highest volume pediatric liver transplant service nationally 2014, 2015 and 2016
      • Largest number of recipients under 1 year of age
      • Large number of transplants for genetic/metabolic conditions
    • High volume pediatric kidney transplant service; particularly infant and toddler recipients
  • EXIT procedures and a growing Fetal Surgery Program

Simulation in a variety of forms is built into the fellow’s curriculum, but is also available for faculty to experience, participate in and teach. There are workshops and seminars that are hosted by the Stanford Medical School, Hospital, University, and division that are open to faculty to staff. Innovation in education is highly valued by the Department of Anesthesia and several Teaching Scholars Projects are subsidized each year.  Examples of Teaching Scholar output include an online anesthesia resident education portal and a pediatric difficult airway application.