Pediatric Anesthesiology

At Arkansas Children’s, our pediatric anesthesiologists are faced with the challenge of providing anesthesia for infants and children. They are uniquely prepared to meet the physical, developmental, psychological and emotional needs of infants, children and adolescents who require anesthesia or sedation.

Our anesthesiologists possess special skills and experience to develop and implement an individualized plan for inducing, maintaining, monitoring and recovering a child from anesthesia, including provisions for pain management after the procedure. A wide array of up-to-date and special equipment is available to the anesthesiologist that frequently is not available in adult hospitals. 

In addition to addressing the physical needs, the psychological needs of our patients are met throughout the anesthesia and surgery experience. We recognize that many factors will influence how children understand and react to the events of surgery, including their age, developmental status, previous experience and anxiety level. Efforts are made to prevent and reduce distress throughout the entire surgery or procedure experience.

Contact Information

Arkansas Children's Hospital: 501-364-2933
Arkansas Children's Northwest: 501-479-6800

Care Provided:

  • Administer anesthesia or deep sedation to infant, child and adolescent patients during surgical and diagnostic procedures
  • Anesthesia services provided in 14 full-service operating rooms (including two for cardiac surgery and one for burn), four additional procedure rooms in the surgical areas, two cardiac catheterization suites, three MRI rooms, two CT suites, one interventional radiology suite, one nuclear medicine suite and the off-campus UAMS Radiation Oncology Center
  • Pediatric anesthesia is precision anesthesiology with an array of equipment unavailable in the usual adult hospital situation
  • Includes ventilator needs, fluid replacement needs and temperature control
  • Faculty and staff are available for consultation 24 hours a day
  • Pediatric Pain Medicine Program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment for infants, children, and adolescents with acute and chronic pain conditions
  • Inpatient pain service treats acute pain secondary to surgery, trauma, burns, dressing changes, painful procedures, and chronic medical conditions
  • Treatments include patient-controlled analgesia, epidural infusions and other methods of analgesic delivery
  • Some recurrent pain conditions such as cancer and sickle cell may be managed on an outpatient basis
  • Behavioral and psychological interventions are implemented when appropriate in conjunction with pharmacologic treatments
  • Administer anesthesia for pediatric and adult patients in the Burn Clinic