The Fellowship Experience

The fellows on our service rotate through several pediatric assignments during the course of the year, including pediatric cardiac anesthesia, interventional cardiology, pain management, the pediatric and neontatal intensive care, and, of course, general pediatric anesthesia in which experience is gained in the management of infants and children with congenital anomalies, major orthopedic surgery, organ transplantation, neurosurgery, ENT surgery, as well as all routine pediatric cases.

Fellows have 1-2 months of elective time, depending upon their background, and they have 1 non-clinical day per week during most of their rotations in which to pursue academic interests.

Elective time may be used either for research activity in collaboration with faculty, or for rotations outside the division, such as in advanced pain management, neonatal intensive care, pediatric otolaryngology for anesthesiologists, pediatric cardiology, pulmonary medicine, economics and management in medicine, TEE and echocardiography, PK-PD/data analysis, medical simulation, medical acupuncture, and the cardiovascular intensive care unit.

At Stanford Fellows Have the Opportunity to:

  • To learn and be on the leading edge of creating knowledge in pediatric anesthesia, pediatric cardiac anesthesia and pediatric pain management.
  • To learn and refine advanced patient care skills in the management of complex pediatric and neonatal anesthetic procedures. Fellows have the opportunity to manage both acute and chronic pediatric pain patients,  in one of the nation’s most advanced pediatric tertiary care hospitals.
  • To grow as a professional through interaction with others in the Department of Anesthesia and other pediatric specialties.  Our curriculum affords the opportunity to participate and receive credit for overseas medical volunteer services, such HVO, ASA, OTP, Rotoplast, Interplast, Operation Rainbow, and others.  Our faculty have strong commitments to contributing to anesthesia services and education in developing countries.
  • To receive mentoring and guidance from some of anesthesia’s most recognized experts in pain management, cardiac anesthesia and human patient simulation education.
  • To advance anesthetic practice and science. Stanford offers an active research community with opportunities for research in pediatric pain, cardiac anesthesia, and education along with many other projects, including clinical trials, simulation, and basic science research.

Fellow Photo Gallery

Clinical Rotations

Fellows rotate through 13 4-week block assignments as follows.

General Pediatric OR

6 Blocks
Initial general OR blocks are first concentrated to provide repetitive learning experiences in subspecialties; neuroanesthesia/orthopedic anesthesia, plastic surgery/ENT, general surgery/urology/ophthalmology. Ample solid organ transplant experience occurs while on call

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

3 Blocks
The fellow spends time in the cardiac ORs, Electrophysiology Lab, Cardiac Interventional Radiology Suite, other out-of-OR locations, and will perform anesthesia for high risk cardiac patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery

Pediatric Pain Management and Regional Anesthesia

2 Blocks
The fellow is responsible for providing regional anesthesia in the OR, manages and rounds on the acute and chronic inpatient pain service and provides pain consultation for pediatric inpatients.

Critical Care

1 Block
Either NICU, PICU, or CVICU.


1 Block

Educational Resources

  • Fellow didactic lecture series (weekly)
  • Divisional Morbidity and Mortality Conference (monthly)
  • Journal Club
  • Simulation
  • Leadership and supervisory experience
  • Participation in QI/Patient safety through the Pediatric Anesthesia Safety Committee and Perioperative Local Improvement Team

Planning for the Future

  • Cross-Fellowship Council
  • Oral Board Prep
  • One-on-one coaching/mentoring
  • Elective opportunity to explore areas of personal interest


How to Apply

ERAS applications close on May 31.

Application Process After May 31, 2018

Please submit your application with the following documents preferably electronically or by mail to the Program Administrator:

Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Selection Committee
c/o Alyssa Martinez 
300 Pasteur Drive, H3583
Stanford, CA 94305-5640
Office: (650) 497-2640

  • Manual Fellowship Application Form, download pdf here.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation including one from your residency program director. At least one of the remaining letters should be written by a pediatric anesthesia faculty or staff member
  • USMLE (or COMLEX) scores
  • Medical School Dean’s letter
  • Copy of medical school diploma
  • If residency has been completed, please submit your competency-based summative evaluation written by your program director
  • If residency has been completed, please submit your Final Evaluation written by your program director

We require all incoming fellows be PALS certified (or recertified) PRIOR to starting fellowship as you will be taking care of extremely complex patients from the start of fellowship. If you are currently PALS certified, your certificate expiration date must be valid through July of your fellowship graduation year. You may be reimbursed for the cost of certification or recertification, but the receipt date cannot be earlier than May 1st of your residency graduation year (3‐months prior to the start of fellowship). Please send Bernadett Mahanay ( a copy of your certificate if you have one already.

Application Timeline

  • Applications Accepted
    Applications are accepted December 1 – May 31; May 21- August 15 for manual applications
  • Initial Application File Review
  • End Applications
  • Interviews*
    April through September
  • Rank Order Lists Due
    Late September
  • Match

All applications received as of February 1 are reviewed en masse and interview invitations issued. Subsequent applications are reviewed as they are received and notice of interview will occur within two weeks of receipt of completed application.

Program Director

Louise Furukawa, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program
300 Pasteur Drive H3584
Stanford, CA 94305-5640

Fellowship Coordinator

Alyssa Martinez
Fellowship Coordinator
300 Pasteur Drive, H3583
Stanford, CA 94305-5640
Office: 650-497-2640
Fax: 650-736-9918


Qualifications and Prerequisites for Fellowship Training

Positions are open to candidates who will have successfully completed residency training in anesthesiology at an accredited training program and who will be board eligible or certified in anesthesiology. Candidates for training in cardiac anesthesia and pediatric pain management must have completed fellowship training in pediatric anesthesia at an accredited training program.

All fellows must have an active license to practice medicine in the State of California.   Please review the requirements for California licensure prior to communicating with our department about your fellowship opportunity. To determine if you are qualified for a California license, please read this document.

Miscellaneous Information

  • Moving Expenses: Each pediatric anesthesia fellow whose new Stanford fellowship location is at least 50 miles away from their former home will receive up to $3,000 in moving expenses.
  • California Medical License Fee: Fellows will be reimbursed $805 toward the cost of initial California medical licensure if obtained after receipt of a Department of Anesthesia contract at Stanford University Medical Center.  To apply for a California medical license visit  In order to receive your reimbursement an original receipt is required by the California Medical Board.