Dr. Hackel is Professor (Clinical) of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, and Pediatrics, Emeritus, at the Stanford School of Medicine. A graduate of Stanford University and its School of Medicine, he was the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia at Stanford for 25 years. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology.
A member of numerous medical societies, Dr. Hackel was the Principal Author of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Guidelines for the Pediatric Perioperative Anesthesia Environment and the Co-Principal author of a parallel document adopted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, documents that have led to improvements in the quality of anesthesia care for infants and children at the national and international levels and the development of subspecialty care in the United States. Dr. Hackel has served as a medico-legal with the intent of advancing the high quality of care required for the care of infants and older children.
Other medical fields of interest include the Interfacility Transport of Critically Ill Patients and Regional Neonatal Disaster Preparedness. Dr. Hackel was the principal author of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Guidelines for the Interfacility Transport of Pediatric Patients and the co-developer of a unique infant transport incubator system. Along with his colleagues, he created the Stanford Critical Care Transport and Life Flight Systems. He led the battle to create the California Perinatal Transport System (www.perinatal.org), a state-wide program that transports more than 7,000 critically ill infants annually between community hospitals and regional centers. He was the Director of its Northern Division until last year.
For these endeavors, Dr. Hackel was awarded the Robert M. Smith Award, a life-time achievement award, by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.