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Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children!

"As Chief of the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at SickKids, I am pleased to welcome you to our departmental website. 

The Department provides anesthetic care to over 20,000 infants and children per year. Thirty-eight full time paediatric anesthesiologists, 10 paediatric anesthesia fellows, 10 residents, 6 nurse practitioners/clinical nurse specialists and 2 clinical psychologists are dedicated to delivering clinical care to patients at SickKids.  

I am pleased to present the outstanding work and collective accomplishments that recognize our team  - read more about us in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine’s 5 year Review.

Providing exceptional patient care to a clinical caseload that is high in both volume and complexity is at the core of what we do. We deliver all aspects of perioperative care for infants and children undergoing a full range of quaternary surgical procedures at SickKids, including cardiac surgery, craniofacial surgery, neurosurgery, neonatal surgery, solid organ transplantation, and interventional radiology.  SickKids also maintains a busy ambulatory same-day surgical unit, and is a designated paediatric trauma center for the Province of Ontario.  

Our Pre-Anesthesia Clinic provides comprehensive pre-anesthesia patient evaluation, information and patient education.  We offer an Acute Pain Service and a Chronic Pain Clinic that is a specialized multidisciplinary service for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with chronic pain. Our Chronic Pain Clinic is comprised of an experienced team of anesthesiologists, advanced practice nurses, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and a physiotherapist. Within the Department, members of the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia provide an important area of highly specialized clinical care, offering specific expertise in the care of children undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease.

We are constantly striving to improve the delivery of anesthetic care. To this end, our team of researchers is passionate about research and innovation.  We have thriving research programs in basic science, clinical research, patient safety, medical simulation, and education. In addition, we are passionate about educating future generations of paediatric anesthesiologists, and we offer comprehensive training in all aspects of paediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine, including a general fellowship in paediatric anesthesia, and advanced fellowships in paediatric cardiac anesthesia, paediatric pain medicine, and research."

Thank you for visiting our site.  We invite you to browse our site to learn more about  What we do, Who we are, how to Contact us and much more!

Dr. Mark Crawford 
Chief,  Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine