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Pediatric Anesthesiology

Child at the Doctor

Program Coordinator

Vanessa Pantoja: GME Program Coordinator II

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
and Pain Management
5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75390-9068
Phone: 214.648.7837
Fax: 214.648.7660


Adolfo Gonzalez, M.D.

UT Southwestern offers four positions per year in our one-year, ACGME accredited pediatric anesthesiology fellowship.  Our goal is to provide an exceptional year of training which will lead to Board Certification in Pediatric Anesthesia from the American Board of Anesthesiology.  

UT Southwestern and Children’s Health System of Texas
Children’s Health System of Texas is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States.  Our free-standing pediatric hospital is the eighth largest pediatric healthcare provider in the nation. Our 487-bed hospital houses the first Level 1 pediatric trauma center in North Texas, a premier referral Level 4 NICU in North Texas, and a Level 1 PICU and CVICU.  Our Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology provides more than 43,000 anesthetics a year and services all surgical subspecialties.

Fellowship Application and Match
Applications are now being accepted through ERAS for the 2021-2022 fellowship year.  Our program will begin reviewing applications February 1, 2020 and anticipate interviews to begin Spring of 2020. All interviews will be scheduled using Thalamus.

Program Design
Annual Rotation Schedule includes:


  • Operating room: (6 Months)

    • Main Operating Room

    • Ambulatory Surgery Center

    • Cardiac Catheterization Lab


  • Cardiac Rotation: (2 Months)

    • Cardiac Operating Room

    • Cardiac Catheterization Lab


  • Spine/Orthopedics/Regional (1 Month)


  • Pain management and Regional Anesthesia (1 Month)


  • Intensive Care Unit (1 Month)


  • Elective (1 Month)

Clinical Practice
UTSW division of Pediatric Anesthesia boasts one of the largest faculties in the country. We provide pediatric coverage to the UT Southwestern Medical Center/ Children's Health System and Texas Health Resources.  Located in the Dallas Fort Worth area, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, we care for a very social, economically, and ethnically diverse patient population. As part of a multidisciplinary team, we work closely with our colleagues in pediatrics (and its subspecialties), surgery and radiology. Our close-knit team consists of nationally recognized experts in a variety of areas, including clinical care, research, and quality. Fellows are provided a supportive environment in which they develop in-depth clinical, consultant and research expertise.

With more than 43,000 cases a year and four fellows a year, our fellowship program has all the advantages of a small program with the resources and patient acuity of one of the largest programs in the country.  Boasting a level 1 trauma center and soon a level 4 NICU, we offer all facets of pediatric anesthesia:


  • Cardiac/ Thoracic

  • Neonatal emergencies

  • Low birth weight and extremely low birth weight infants

  • Neurosurgery

  • Trauma

  • ENT/airway surgery

  • Plastics/craniofacial

  • Orthopedic/Spines

  • Pediatric Regional Anesthesia

  • General pediatric surgery

  • Urological surgery

  • Solid organ transplantation

  • Pediatric pain management

  • Complex Imagining and Interdental Procedures

  • Ophthalmology

  • Critical care


The small number of fellows ensures access to all interesting cases and clinical subjects for research projects.  Anesthesiology’s fellows are offered a personal workspace within an office completely designated for the fellowship program.

Fellowship Objectives


The goals of our fellowship are:

  • To acquire the specialized fund of knowledge, clinical judgment, and technical skills required to independently provide safe, evidence-based anesthetic care for a wide variety of pediatric patients. This includes children of all ages with and without associated medical comorbidities, undergoing surgical or diagnostic procedures, both simple and complex.

  • To gain a familiarity with research methodology and help carry out a research project.

  • To create an environment that encourages and instructs the fellow to become a life-long learner.

  • To achieve board certification in pediatric anesthesiology through the American Board of Anesthesiology.


These goals will be met by providing the fellow with:

  • Superb clinical experience caring for infants and children undergoing surgical procedures in all major pediatric subspecialties.

  • A mentor

  • Faculty-mentored research and quality improvement opportunities.

  • Conference Days

  • Nonclinical time for scholarly activities

  • Didactic lectures and fellows’ conference

  • Patient Safety Simulations

  • Departmental and divisional conferences

  • Grand Rounds /Morbidity & Mortality Conferences

  • Participate in quarterly Mock Oral Exams – either as junior examiner or examinee

  • Attend UT Southwestern fellow/resident meetings

  • Journal club meetings

  • ccess to our departmental resources.

Dallas - Ft. Worth

Located in North Texas, Dallas – Fort Worth (D/FW) offers a combination of big-city excitement and quiet suburban living.  Being centrally located with access to one of the world’s busiest airports that can connect to any region of the continental United States within 4 hours, D/FW is a growing location with a “booming” economy.  Together with a thriving community, D/FW offers a bustling nightlife mixed with family-friendly activities and all professional sports throughout the Metroplex.
Music and Entertainment
D/FW boasts some of the best music and entertainment anywhere, from Deep Ellum, a haven for alternative music and eclectic shops and galleries, to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Winspear Opera House (Dallas) and Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth).  In addition, the American Airlines Center and Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas and AT&T Stadium in Arlington host many of the top concerts acts in the world.
Shopping and Dining
The Metroplex offers virtually unlimited shopping opportunities, from upscale malls such as the Galleria and NorthPark Center in Dallas to large outlet malls like Grapevine Mills, along with traditional malls, small boutiques, and specialty stores.  Restaurants of all types abound in D/FW as well, ranging from world-renowned five-star establishments to the undiscovered hole-in-the-wall eateries.  With more restaurants per person than New York, name the type of cuisine you are looking for and you will find it in D/FW.
Sports, from Professional to Amateur
D/FW is represented in all major professional leagues.  Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Texas Rangers (MLB), Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL) and FC Dallas (MLS) represent the major sports leagues.  Just north of Fort Worth, racing takes place at the Texas Motor Speedway.  If smaller leagues are your interest, the major population of D/FW supports multiple amateurs and minor league sports of all types for all ages.
Family Living
With a booming child population located in the D/FW area, many activities abound for families.  Many museums are located throughout the Metroplex from Fort Worth to Dallas and surrounding areas.  Two nationally acclaimed zoos are in the region,  with the Fort Worth Zoo offering a newly renovated design.  Water parks are virtually located in all major regions and a centrally located amusement park, Six Flags Over Texas, offers any adrenaline rush craving you need.

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