Department and Faculty
The Department of Anesthesiology is a highly integrated, collaborative group of adult and pediatric anesthesiologists. The team has more than 140 staff physicians, including 20 in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology; 54 resident physicians; more than 200 nurse anesthetists; and 150 respiratory therapists. All are committed to providing the best care possible to patients requiring anesthesia, intensive care, and pain management.
A considerable number of our faculty conduct basic science and clinical research, teach postgraduate and continuing education programs all over the world, and are leaders in anesthesia-related societies and communities.
Members of the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology oversee the care of children in the operating rooms, the intensive care unit, both acute and chronic pain services, the pediatric preoperative evaluation clinic, and the Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center. Our pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists and intensivists oversee the care of all ECMO patients, regardless of age.
Using state-of-the-art equipment, Mayo Clinic anesthesiologists supervise more than 100,000 cases requiring anesthesia yearly, of which approximately 11,000 are pediatric. This large number of cases, integrated with ongoing research and education, results in wide-ranging expertise in the anesthetic management of patients of all ages.
The field of anesthesiology changes continually with the introduction of new drugs, equipment, and surgical and radiological interventions. Department members are organized into subspecialty groups, each focusing on a segment of anesthesiology. Their expertise is a resource for everyone, enabling the department to stay at the forefront of the specialty.
In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's faculty members are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge and are recognized leaders in their fields. You have direct access to these individuals throughout the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship.
From the program director
Our primary mission is to keep the best educational opportunities constantly available to our fellows, freeing them to pick the best cases and fill their fellowship year with diverse and challenging experiences.
We accept two fellows each year. Because our program is small, each of our faculty is fully invested in the education and progress of each trainee. Our approach is collaborative; after an initial introductory period, we believe our fellows should ultimately function as junior faculty, exercising independent thinking and developing sophisticated plans — all with the supervision of an attending anesthesiologist.
While our program is small, the opportunities are enormous. At Mayo Clinic Children's Center, more than 200 medical providers in 40 medical and surgical specialties offer integrated care to more than 50,000 children and adolescents each year.
More than 11,000 pediatric procedures and anesthetics are performed annually at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, including Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester (Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus) and the Proton Beam Therapy Program, housed in the Jacobson Building. This allows two fellows plenty of interesting and challenging cases to choose from.
We are proud of our fellowship and our outstanding care of pediatric patients. Our history in pediatric medicine is long: Mayo Clinic was one of the pioneer medical centers to organize a pediatric practice. In 1921, 75 years before the dedication of Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital, Mayo opened its first pediatric section.
Now, our practice is growing exponentially, and as it does, our fellows thrive.
Leal Segura, M.D.
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Director
Advisers and mentors
You are assigned a faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Your adviser also serves as a contact point, introducing you and your family to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic system.
Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures and participate in hospital rounds. You are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities.
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, which includes Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital, is a modern, advanced facility providing services in cardiothoracic, vascular, orthopedic, plastic, ophthalmology, ENT, neurologic, and pediatric surgeries. All aspects of pediatric surgical and anesthesia care are part of the Mayo Clinic pediatric anesthesia practice.
Members of the pediatric anesthesia practice also provide care to pediatric pain patients in acute and chronic settings. In the hospital, pediatric patients with acute pain or regional catheters are covered by the pediatric pain service, which is staffed 24/7.
In addition, anesthesia team members provide services at several outfield locations, including the Gonda outpatient surgery center and radiology suites (CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound). Anesthesiology residents and faculty form part of the emergency response teams throughout the Mayo Clinic campus.