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

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Maria Matuszczak, M.D.

Professor, Director, Pediatric Anesthesia

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Education and Post-Graduate Training

  • Abitur (High School Graduation), Hildegard von Bingen Gymnasium, Köln, Germany
  • French Language Studies, Sorbonne, Université de Paris, France
  • M.D., Faculté de Médecine de Liège (Medical School)  Belgium
  • Anesthesiology Residency, Children’s Hospital,  Kinderkrankenhaus Amsterdamerstrasse, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus, Cologne, Germany
  • Anesthesiology Residency, Kliniken der Stadt Koeln, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus, Koeln-Merheim, Germany
  • Anesthesiology Board, Aerztekammer Nordrhein-Westpfalen, Germany

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 9/03 – Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 9/03 – 8/10
  • Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 7/09 – Present
  • Director Pediatric Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 12/07 – Present
  • Director Pediatric Pain Service, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 5/04 – Present
  • Attending Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, Houston, Texas, 4/01 – Present
  • Asst. Director, Pediatric Anesthesia, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas 9/02 – 2007
  • Vice Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus, Koeln-Merheim, Germany, 2/98 – 4-01
  • Director, Residency Program, Director, Clinical Conference Program, Continuous Education, Department of Anesthesiology, Kliniken der Stadt Koeln, Germany, 1998 – 4/01
  • Visiting Asst. Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 7/99
  • Visiting Asst. Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 8/00
  • Co-Director Residency Training Program, Kliniken der Stadt Koeln, Germany, 1991 – 1996
  • Visiting Asst. Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 4/01 – 9/03
  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, Texas, 11/96 – 1/98
  • Visiting Asst. Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas,11/96 – 1/98
  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Director, Abdominal Anesthesia, Kliniken der Stadt Koln, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus, Koln-Merheim, Germany, 1996
  • Staff Anesthesiologist, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus, Koeln,-Merheim, Germany, 1987 – 1991
  • Director, Transfusion Committee of the Publics Hospitals of Cologne, Kliniken der Stadt Koeln, Germany, 1995 – 1996
  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Director, Thoracic Anesthesia, Kliniken der Stadt Koln, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus, Koln-Merheim, Germany, 1991 – 1995
  • Teaching Faculty, Department of Anesthesiology, Residency Program, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus, Koeln,-Merheim, Germany, 1987 – 1991

Certification

  • Anesthesiology Board Certification, Germany, 1987

Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Anesthesiology
  • Texas Society of Anesthesiology
    • Educational Committee, 2009 – 2010
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Orthopedic Anesthesia Pain Rehabilitation Society
  • Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
  • European Society of Regional Anesthesia
  • German Society of Anesthesiologists  (Berufsverband Deutscher Anästhesisten)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Anästhesie und Intensivmedizin (DGAI)

Awards

  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas, Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 2008 – 2009 
  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas, Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 2003 – 2004 
  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas, Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 2002 – 2003

Grant Support

  • Co-PI, “Clinical Protocol for a Multicenter, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Study of the Analgesic Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Valdecoxib 40 mg Over Seven Days in Patients Undergoing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery”, 2002-2004.
  • Co-PI, “A Randomized, Double-Blind, Parallel Group, Placebo-Controlled, Pilot Dose Ranging Study of Intravenous Kytril® in the Prevention of Post-Operative Nausea and Vomiting in Patients Undergoing Abdominal Hhysterectomy”, 2002-2003.
  • PI, “A Randomized Study of Ultiva Versus Halothane in Neonates and Infants Undergoing Surgery for Pyloric Stenosis.”  Glaxo Wellcome $38,850.00, 1998.

Selected Publications

  1. Jain R, Akins T, Matuszczak M:  Challenging case of post-operative pain control in a 10 year old girl with juvenile primary lateral sclerosis with intrathecal baclofen catheter.  Anesth Analg, 2011.
  2. McAnally AA, Jain R, Matuszczak M:  Anesthetic management of a child with bk phocomelia for scioliosis repair.  Paed Anesth 2011.
  3. Rabb MF, Eype SM, Jain R, Matuszczak M:  Management of difficult pediatric airway with the Truview EVO2 laryngoscope.  Anesthesiology, 2010.
  4. Khalil SN, Matuszczak ME, Maposa D, Bolos ME Lingadevaru HS, Chuang AZ:  Presurgical fentanyl vs caudal block and the incidence of adverse respiratory events in children after orchidopexy.  Pediatric Anesthesia 19:1220-1225, 2009.
  5. Jain R, Lewis RE, Maddukri V, Pant K, Feldman A, Matuszczak M:  Comparison of infant Truview EVO2 laryngoscope and Macintosh laryngoscope blade in 50 infants.  SAM Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2009.
  6. Matuszczak M, Jain R, Khalil Y:  Use of the infant Truview EVO2 laryngscope for the management of difficult airway.  SPA Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida, 2009.
  7. Matuszczak M, Section: Peripheral nerve blocks continuous infusion in infants and children. Third Edition, Peripheral Nerve Blocks, A Color Atlas, ed. Chelly JE, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.
  8. Khalil SN, Maposa D, Ghelber O, Rabb MF, Matuszczak M, Ganesan BA, Tabrizi HK, Chuang AZ:  Caffeine in children with obstructive sleep apnea.  Middle East J Anesthesiol 19(4):885-899, 2008.
  9. Szmuk P, Ghelber O, Matuszczak M, Rabb MF, Ezri T, Sessler DI:  A prospective, randomized comparision of cobra perilaryngeal airway and laryngeal mask airway unique in pediatric patients.  Anesth Analg 107(5):1523-1530, 2008.
  10. Matuszczak M, Khalil B, Vahdat K, Khalil Y, King A, Iannucci D:  Comparison of infant Truview EVO2 laryngoscope and Macintosh laryngoscope blade in infants.  FEAP Annual Meeting, Athens, Greece, 2008.
  11. Hagberg C, Matuszczak M, Holmes A, Luong K:  A randomized comparison of laryngoscopy techniques with the video laryngoscope versus the traditional Macintosh laryngoscope in obese patients.  Anesthesiology A589, 2007.
  12. Hagberg C, Matuszczak M, Holmes A, Luong KM: Laryngoscopy techniques with the video and traditional macintosh laryngoscopes in obese patients. Anesthesiology A552, 2007.
  13. Matuszczak, M, Sciard D, Editors: Landmarks for Peripheral Nerve Blocks. Upper and Lower Extremities. Second Edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2007.
  14. Khalil S, Lingadevaru H, Bolos M, Rabb M, Matuszczak M, Maposa D, Chuang A: Caudal regional anesthesia, ropivacaine concentration, postoperative analgesia, and infants. Anesth Analg 102:395-9, 2006.
  15. Khalil S, Lingadevaru H, Bolos M, Rabb M, Matuszczak M., Maposa D, Chuang A:  Caudal regional anesthesia, ropivacaine concentration, postoperative analgesia, and infants.  Anesth Analg 102(2):395-399, 2006.
  16. Szmuk P, Matuszczak M, Carlson R, Waters D, Rabb M, Ezri T:  Use of CobraPLA for airway management in a neonate with  Desbuquois syndrome. Case report and anesthetic implications.
  17. Paediatr Anaesth 15(7): 602-605, 2005.
  18. Ghelber O, Rabb M, Khalil S, Matuszczak M, Szmuk P: A new technique for placing an Arndt endobronchial blocker in small children.  Anesthesiology A1150, 2006.
  19. Oscar Ghelber, M.D., Peter Szmuk, M.D., Ralf Gebhard, M.D., Maria Matuszczak, M.D., Carin Hagberg, M.D.: Compuflo® Improves identification of the epidural space by inexperienced operators in a simulator. Anesthesiology A1269, 2006.
  20. Szmuk P, Matuszczak M, Ghelber O, Rabb MF, Maposa D, Sessler DI: CobraPLA vs. disposable LMA in pediatric patients: a preliminary comparative study. IARS 79th Clinical and Scientific Congress, 2005.
  21. Szmuk P, Matuszczak M, Ghelber O, Rabb MF: Use of CobraPLA® for management of difficult airway in two infants. IARS 79th Clinical and Scientific Congress, 2005.
  22. Szmuk P, Matuszczak M, Ghelber O, Rabb MF, Maposa D, Sessler DI: CobraPLA vs. disposable LMA in pediatric patients: a preliminary comparative study. Society for Pediatric Anesthesia,  2005.
  23. Hagberg C, Matuszczak M, Ellis S, Iannucci D: A randomized comparison of laryngoscopy techniques using the video laryngoscope and the traditional Macintosh laryngoscope in obese patients. Anesthesiology A1421, 2005.
  24. Szmuk P, Ghelber O, Matuszczak M, Maposa D, Sessler D: CobraPLA with an end tidal CO2 sampling site: differences between proximal and distal sampling sites. Anesthesiology A-1389, 2005.

Lectures

  • “Ultrasound for Pediatric Peripheral Nerve Blocks”, UPMC Regional Anesthesia & Ultrasound Guided Techniques Conference, Update in Acute & Chronic Pain and Liver Transplantation Anesthesiology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 2011
  • “Children are Not Small Adults, Issues in Pain Management”, UPMC Regional Anesthesia & Ultrasound Guided Techniques Conference, Update in Acute & Chronic Pain and Liver Transplantation Anesthesiology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 2011
  • “Challenges and Triumphs in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia”, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, February 16-17, 2011.
  • “Cuffed Versus Uncuffed Endotracheal Tubes in Children”, Round Table Discussion, Society of Airway Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, September 2010.
  • “Introduction of Pediatric Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia”, 9th Biannual Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, July 2010.
  • “Difficult Airway Algorithm”, Pediatric EMS Airway Training, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC, Houston, Texas, May 4, 2010.
  • Presentation of case report and discussion.   Internationales Symposium fuer Aerzte und Intensivpflege Kraefte: Perioperative Infusionstherapie im Kindesalter, Roesrath bei Koeln, Germany, March 2010.
  • “Introduction to Pediatric Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia”, 8th  Biannual Ultrasound guided Regional Workshop, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, January 2010.
  • Presentation of case report and discussion.   Internationales Symposium fuer Aerzte und Intensivpflege Kraefte: Perioperative Infusionstherapie im Kindesalter, Roesrath bei Koeln, Germany, March 2009.
  • “Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia in Pediatrics”, 4th  Annual International Symposium, Adult and Pediatric Ultrasound and Other Peripheral Nerve Block Techniques, Washington DC, March 2009.
  • “Difficult Airway Algorithm”, Pediatric EMS Airway Training, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC, Houston, Texas, April 2009.
  • “Introduction to Pediatric Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia”, 7th Biannual Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, July 2009.
  • “Acute Pain Management in Children”, Grand Rounds, Pediatric Department, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, July 2009.
  • “Pain Management in Children via Epidural & Peripheral Block Catheters”, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC, Houston, Texas Pediatric Nurses Teaching Day, Oct. 28, 2009.
  • “Difficult Airway Algorithm”, Pediatric EMS Airway Training, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC, Houston, Texas, November 4, 2009.
  • “Difficult Airway Algorithm”, Pediatric EMS Airway Training, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC, Houston Texas, November 2008.
  • “Introduction to Pediatric Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia”, 6th Biannual Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop, MD Anderson, Houston Texas, July 2008.
  • Presentation of case report and discussion.  Internationales Symposium fuer Aerzte und Intensivpflege Kraefte: Perioperative Infusionstherapie im Kindesalter, Roesrath bei Koeln, Germany, April 2008.
  • “Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia in Pediatrics”, 3rd Annual International Symposium, Adult and Pediatric Ultrasound and Other Peripheral Nerve Block Techniques, Washington DC, April 2008.
  • “Difficult Airway Algorithm”, Pediatric EMS Airway Training, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC, Houston, Texas, April 2008.
  • “Ultrasound Guided Blocks in Pediatrics”, The UPMC Update in Regional Anesthesia, Ultrasound Guided Techniques, and Blood Hemostasis and Hemotherapy Symposium Nemancolin Woodlands, Farmington, Pennsylvania, April 2008.
  • “Introduction to Pediatric Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia”, 5th Biannual Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop, MD Anderson, Houston, Texas, January 2008.
  • 5th Biannual Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop, MD Anderson, “Introduction to Pediatric Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia’, Houston, Texas, January 2008.
  • Pediatric EMS Airway Training, “Difficult Airway Algorithm”, Houston Texas, March 2007.
  • “Difficult Airway Algorithm”, Pediatric EMS Airway Training, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC, Houston Texas, March 2007.
  • Society of Airway Management Meeting, Houston, TX, September 2007. Lecture entitled, “Clinical Dilemmas in Children with Difficult-to-Manage Airways”.
  • Pediatric EMS Airway Training, Houston, Texas, “Difficult Airway Algorithm”, November, 2007.

Workshops

  • “Hands on US Workshop”, UPMC Regional Anesthesia & Ultrasound Guided Techniques Conference, Updated in Acute & Chronic Pain and Liver Transplanation Anesthesiology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April, 2011
  • “Regional Ultrasound”, 5th Annual Update in Regional Anesthesia and Ultrasound Techniques, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 2010.
  • “Introduction to Pediatric Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia, Demonstration of Surface Land Marks, Ultrasound Technique & Images of Upper & Lower Limb Nerves on Pediatric Human Volunteer”, Hands-on-Biannual Ultrasound Guided Regional Workshops, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, January 2010.
  • ASA Basic Adult “Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy”, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2009.
  • 7th Biannual Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas July 2009.
  • “Hands on Regional Anesthesia”, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, June 2009.
  • “Adult and Pediatric Ultrasound and Other Peripheral Nerve Block Techniques”, 4th Annual International Symposium, Washington, DC, March 2009.
  • “ASA-Basic Adult Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy”, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, October 2008.
  • “Pediatric Difficult Airway, Use of Truview Infant Blade”, 21st Triennial International Congress of Israel Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA), Tel Aviv, Israel, September 2008.
  • “Use of Ultrasound in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia”, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, September 2008.
  • 6th Annual Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop, MD Anderson, Houston, Texas, July 2008
  • “Adult and Pediatric Ultrasound and Other Peripheral Nerve Block Techniques”, 3rd Annual International Symposium, Washington DC, April 2008.
  • “RSI Outside the Hospital”, Pediatric EMS Airway Training, Houston, Texas, April 2008.
  • “The UPMC Update in Regional Anesthesia, Ultrasound Guided Techniques and Blood Hemostasis and Hemotherapy Symposium”, Nemancolin Woodlands, Farmington, Pennsylvania, April 2008.
  • “5th Biannual Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop, MD Anderson,” Houston, Texas, January 2008.
  • “Airway Workshop: Pediatric Intubating Stylets and Video Intubating Blades” Society of Airway Management Meeting, Houston, Texas, September, 2007.
  • “Use of Ultrasound in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia” at the Texas Society of Anesthesiology 2007 Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, September, 2007   .
  • “Airway Workshop: Use of Intubating Stylets; Shikani Stylet” at the Texas Society of Anesthesiology 2007 Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, September 2007.
  • “Ultrasound for Peripheral Nerve Blocks” At 24th Annual Pain Symposium, Lubbock, Texas, June, 2007.
  • “Pediatric Intubation, Ferret Intubation Lab” at the Pediatric EMS Airway Training, Houston, Texas, March, 2007.

 

Faculty Biography

Maria Matuszczak, M.D.
  • Maria Matuszczak, M.D.
    Professor, Director, Pediatric Anesthesia
    Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship
    Director, Acute Pediatric Pain Service
  • Department of Anesthesiology
    The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    6431 Fannin Street, MSB-5.020, MSB-5.146, MSB-5.174
    Houston, Texas 77030
  • phone: (713) 500-6200
    e-mail: Maria.Matuszczak@uth.tmc.edu