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:

Interested applicants should submit their application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system after December 1st. Please also send your ITE exam score(s) and ABA basic exam results to UW Pediatric Fellowship.

Interviews will be scheduled April through July. We look forward to receiving your application.

GME Resources:
UW Health Non- U.S. Citizen Eligibility Requirements
UW Health Graduate Medical Education Applicant Resources

For additional questions please reach out 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


(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.



Our fellow will act as a first year PICU fellow while rotating. You will have the opportunity to be immersed in the ICU team and act in a supervisory roll for junior residents. This is an invaluable experience.



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


4 WEEKS Regional anesthesia and ACUTE PAIN SERVICE



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


3 weeks vacation and 1 week meeting time



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.



Monday: Department of Anesthesiology Case Conference 4:30-5:15pm
Wednesday: Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds 7-8am
Wednesday: Monthly Pediatric Anesthesia M&M / Case Conference 4-5pm
Friday: Pediatric Anesthesia Lecture/PBLD 6:40-7am


Pediatric Journal Club occurs 2-3 times each year.
Simulation sessions occur every 3-4 months


Fellows can also participate in our department oral board preparation that occurs 3 times each year.


Fellowship Benefits

The 2019-2020 stipend is PGY5 $70,445

Fellows will be provided with a $2500 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 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.

Fellowship Faculty

Bridget Muldowney,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Program Director
Fellowship Completed at Pediatric Anesthesia Boston Children's Hospital
 Fellowship Director: Pediatric Anesthesiology

Guelay Bilen-Rosas,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Completed at St. Louis Children's Hospital - Washington University

Emily Hesselink,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Completed at University of Wisconsin, Madison
 Director: Pediatric Transplant Anesthesia

Jared Hylton,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Completed at Oregon Health Sciences University
 AFCH Director, Pediatric Acute Pain Service

George Kirvassilis,  MD

Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Completed at Harvard University Children's Hospital
 UWH Director: Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

Courtney Kohn,  MD, MBA

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Eva Lu-Boettcher,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
 AFCH Director, Pediatric Anesthesia Quality and Safety

Kelly McQueen,  MD, MPH, FASA

Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology
 Chair of Anesthesiology

Cari Meyer,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Completed at Children's Hospital Colorado
 AFCH Director of Anesthesia

Tony Nguyen,  DO

Clinical Assistant Professor
Fellowship Completed at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Peter Popic,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Completed at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago

Deborah Rusy,  MD, MBA, FASA

Professor (CHS)
Medical Director of Perioperative Services: AFCH

Lianne Stephenson,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Completed at Boston Children's Hospital

Robert Shaw,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Benjamin Walker,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Completed at Seattle Children's Hospital
 Medical Director: AFCH Perioperative Services

Elizabeth Yun,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Fellowship Completed at St. Louis Children's Hospital - Washington University
 Interim Division Chief: Pediatric Anesthesia

Bridget Muldowney, MD

Fellowship Director



Brandon Russell

GME Program Manager