The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Department of Anesthesiology
The Department of Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesia

Compassionate Care While You Sleep


Recognizing that anesthesia is a difficult process for parents, providing expert, compassionate care to our pediatric patients is our priority at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The pediatric anesthesia program is devoted to the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care of the pediatric patient. This subspecialty involves all facets of the surgical spectrum including but not limited to general pediatric surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, pediatric urology, pediatric ophthalmology and pediatric neurosurgery. We also have an active pediatric craniofacial service. Anesthesia services for the pediatric patient in locations outside of the operating room such as the Neonatal ICU, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, MRI suite, CT scan and GI lab are provided as well.

This exciting subspecialty allows residents to develop the clinical skills necessary for the care of the neonate, infant, and toddler. In conjunction with Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, a wide range of cases is performed on a daily basis. The volume of cases is expanding and soon, separate pediatric operating rooms with a separate pediatric PACU and DSU will open. A pediatric anesthesia fellowship is being developed as well.


Faculty members in the pediatric anesthesia section are either fellowship trained in pediatric anesthesia or have many years of experience in the care of critically ill infants and children. Each member of the pediatric call team is dedicated to the care of the pediatric patient. Many of the faculty members are invited to lecture on various aspects of pediatric anesthesia and are actively involved in research. 24 hour pediatric anesthesia coverage is provided for cases at Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital for children less than 6 years of age or for those patients with multiple medical problems. Current members of the pediatric anesthesia section include Samia Khalil MD, Maria Matuszczak MD, Director, Douglas Maposa MD, & Mary Rabb MD.


A pediatric anesthesia manual is available for each resident. Also during your pediatric rotation, reference books are available for you to read. Didactic lectures are held during the year to assist with your learning experience. Questions and discussion concerning the cases is encouraged. Each resident is evaluated at the end of his/her pediatric rotation.