Pediatric Anesthesia

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia provides comprehensive anesthesia care for the diverse pediatric patients treated at the nationally recognized American Family Children’s Hospital.

All of our anesthesiologists are dedicated to providing safe, quality care for our patients, and we have a robust quality improvement program that strives to improve the management of anesthetic care for all children.

Our patients range from healthy toddlers and teens to the sickest-of-the-sick premature infants and critically ill children staying in our neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. We work closely with our pediatric surgical and procedural colleagues from many pediatric specialties including: cardiac surgery, general surgery, neurosurgery,
otolaryngology, orthopedics, urology, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, transplant surgery, interventional cardiology and interventional radiology.

To meet our patients’ varied needs our division also includes subspecialty-trained pediatric anesthesiologists in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and complex pediatric pain management.

Our growing, comprehensive pediatric pain program provides perioperative consultative services in advanced pain management for our surgical and pediatric colleagues. We also treat patients with both acute and chronic pain on our inpatient consult service. In
addition to providing excellent clinical care, our pediatric anesthesiologists extend our impact through teaching fellows, residents and medical students and by participating in global health endeavors.

Division Highlight

Dr. Ben Walker focuses on pediatric acute pain and regional anesthesia, including advanced epidural and perineural catheter placements. He has performed extensive research on the safety and efficacy of performing regional anesthesia techniques in children
and has taught these techniques at a national level. At American Family Children’s Hospital, the pediatric acute pain team focuses on designing multimodal pain management plans that minimize opioid exposure to children.

Division Chief

Benjamin Walker, MD

Benjamin Walker, MD

Medical Director of AFCH Perioperative Services and Associate Professor
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Pediatrics Group photo
Pediatrics 2023: (Back row) Tony Nguyen, DO, George Kirvassilis, MD, Deborah Rusy, MD, MBA, FASA, Eva Lu-Boettcher, MD, Courtney Kohn, MD, MBA, Peter Popic, MD. (Fack row) Kelly McQueen, MD, MPH, FASA, Benjamin Walker, MD, Cari Meyer, MD, Robert Shaw, MD. Not Pictured: Guelay Bilen-Rosas, MD, Karine De Oliveira Dias, MD, Emily Hesselink, MD, Jared Hylton, MD, Anna Kaiser, MD, Bridget Muldowney, MD, Lianne Stephenson, MD, Elizabeth Yun, MD.