Cardiovascular Anesthesia Team

The Arkansas Children's Hospital's Cardiovascular Anesthesia team has the training and experience to focus on the specific needs of patients and manage a range of complex cardiac issues. For patients with heart disease, the pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist has a central role in coordinating team-based surgical care.

The cardiac anesthesiologist:

  • monitors physiologic parameters;
  • protects vital organ function;
  • controls blood coagulation;
  • and reduces the inflammatory response to cardiopulmonary bypass.

Each part of the surgical procedure requires specific attention, including poor heart function before transplantation, the monitoring during cardiopulmonary bypass, or assisting the patient's heart in separating from cardiopulmonary bypass. The cardiac anesthesiologist has the ability to monitor the patient's overall well-being, thereby helping to create the optimal environment for a successful cardiac repair procedure, or any other type of procedure on a cardiac patient.

At the Arkansas Children's Hospital Heart Center, your child will be treated by a team of well-respected, and caring Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Michael L. Schmitz, M.D., Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Rahul Dasgupta, M.D. 
W. Bryan Watkins, M.D. 

For more information, call 501-364-5725.