Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Welcome to the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the American Family Children’s Hospital.

Our pediatric anesthesiology fellowship is a small program that offers the unique advantage of a very complex case volume, with the first pick of our cases going to our fellows. The American Family Children’s Hospital is an 111-bed hospital associated with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. We have a 21-bed Pediatric ICU with ECMO capability as well as a 24-bed Level IV surgical Neonatal ICU.  We do approximately 7,250 cases annually in our 8 ORs as well as multiple off-site locations including a hybrid cath lab and interventional radiology suite. We do approximately 150 pediatric cardiac surgical cases as well as 120 interventional cardiac procedures each year. We are a team of 18 Pediatric Anesthesiologists who have trained all over the country and bring a diverse training background to our educational program. We offer a structured academic curriculum that not only focuses on pediatric anesthesia knowledge but also helps with oral board preparation,are proud of our 100% boards pass rate on both the ABA applied exam and the ABA pediatric certification exam.  We have faculty engaged in a number of clinical research projects as well as national research collaboratives.  We offer a funded international elective rotation.

We look forward to receiving your application and giving you the chance to see what makes our department, hospital and Madison so great.  Please contact us if you have any questions along the way.

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Application Guidelines

Application Guidelines:

We utilize the San Francisco Match ( and ask all interested applicants to apply via the SF Match’s Central Application Service (CAS). Please complete and submit the CAS application form online and provide three letters of reference.

In-cycle interviews will take place from February through May for positions starting the following year. Email us for more information if you are interested in an off-cycle application.

Please direct application process questions to:

Brandon Russell, GME Program Manager
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave., B6/319
Madison, WI 53792-3272

Fellowship Rotations and Educational Conferences

9 Months General OR (including cardiac and regional anesthesia)

Note that due to our small size, our fellows will do approximately 1 cardiac case each week with a volume similar to 2 dedicated months. Fellows will also do approximately 1-2 regional and/or neuraxial blocks each week as well. Call is for complex fellow-level cases and occurs approximately every 4th night and every 4th weekend from home.

3 Week PICU

Our fellows will become part of the PICU team and participate on rounds and in the care of complex pediatric patients. They will have the opportunity to assist with and perform procedures and sedation on patients they are caring for while on the rotation. There will be a particular focus on surgical patients and pediatric cardiac surgery patients in order to develop a deeper understanding of pre- and post-operative ICU care.

2 Weeks NICU Elective

There is the opportunity to spend 2 weeks in our Level IV surgical NICU during which time you will follow a complex surgical patient from the NICU to the OR to provide their anesthetic care.

4 Weeks Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Service

Research and Academic Time

We attempt to provide 1-2 academic days to our fellow each month to allow them to study for boards and work on scholarly projects.

3 weeks vacation and 1 week meeting time

International Elective

Our peds anesthesia group sends faculty on international trips 1-2 times per year. We have a well-established relationship with the University Hospital in Leon Nicaragua and a recurring trip to Honduras.  The fellow would have the first opportunity to participate in these trips.

Educational Programs


  • Monday: Department of Anesthesiology Case Conference, 4:30–5:15 pm
    Tuesday: Morning keyword presentation 6:40–7:00 am
    Wednesday: Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds, 7–8:00 am
    Wednesday: Monthly Pediatric Anesthesia M&M / Case Conference, 4–5:00 pm
    Thursday: Morning keyword presentation, 6:40–7:00 am
    Friday: Pediatric Anesthesia Lecture/PBLD, 6:40–7:00 am

Pediatric Journal Club: occurs 2-3 times each year.

Simulation Sessions: occur every 3-4 months

Oral Board Preparation: occurs 3 times each year.

Fellowship Benefits

22-23 academic year stipend: $75, 476

Fellows will be provided with a $2,500 academic fund, which can be used for the purchase of education materials, attendance at meetings, and/or to reimburse the cost of board registration. The department will also be providing fellows with the Smith’s textbook of pediatric anesthesia.

Our Graduate Medical Education (GME) office also provides a wellness stipend and a generous institutional parental leave policy.

The Department of Anesthesiology also provides financial support to present at national meetings.

Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, offers a quality of life that is second to none. In the past few years Madison has been recognized as one of the top ten healthiest, most bike friendly, most secured cities, as well as one of the top ten places to buy a home and raise a family. Madison is also home to Epic and other technology start-ups, providing a vibrant scene for young professionals.

Emily Hesselink, MD

Fellowship Director

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Courtney Kohn, MD

Associate Fellowship Director

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Brandon Russell

GME Program Manager

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Pediatric Faculty

Guelay Bilen-Rosas,  MD
Karine De Oliveira Dias,  MD
Emily Hesselink,  MD
Anna Kaiser,  MD
George Kirvassilis,  MD
Courtney Kohn,  MD, MBA
Eva Lu-Boettcher,  MD
Kelly McQueen,  MD, MPH, FASA
Cari Meyer,  MD
Bridget Muldowney,  MD
Peter Popic,  MD
Deborah Rusy,  MD, MBA, FASA
Robert Shaw,  MD
Lianne Stephenson,  MD
Benjamin Walker,  MD
Elizabeth Yun,  MD