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The department of pediatric anesthesiology at Dayton Children's consists of specially trained, board-certified/board-eligible pediatric anesthesiologists. Our anesthesiologists provide services to all children who experience a surgical procedure at the medical center. They are also involved in providing preoperative assessment and acute post-operative pain management.

Pediatric anesthesiologists receive special training beyond their anesthesiology residency to provide anesthesia care for infants and children.  A pediatric anesthesiologist is best qualified to evaluate medical problems affecting children and plan a safe anesthetic for each child.  For more about pediatric anesthesiology, see "What is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist?"

Services We Offer

  • Preoperative patient evaluation
  • Preoperative tours and instructions for children and families
  • Anesthesia for diagnostic procedures
  • Intra-operative anesthesia for all types of neonatal and pediatric surgical procedures
  • Acute post-operative pain management
  • Outreach and support services

Presurgery tours are conducted weekly for children scheduled for surgery and their parents. Parents and children find this helps relieve their anxiety about the upcoming surgery by getting answers to their questions and concerns. Tours are presented every Monday and Wednesday evening (except on major holidays) beginning at 7:00 pm. Parents and their children should meet in the main lobby.

Meet Our Pediatric Anesthesiology Team

Medical director: Thomas A. Taghon, DO, MHA, FAAP

Brian Aitchison, MD
Jason T. Daume, MD
David Gooden, MD

Jennifer Grass, MD
Judy W. Herting, MD
Mark Hofeldt, MD
Hallie Huls, MD
Del T. Kirkpatrick, MD
Ryan Mills, MD
Chandler Parker, DO
Brandon Roberts, MD
Kristen Spisak, MD
Edward J. Walz, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiology Resources

If your child is scheduled for surgery, these resources are available to help you and your child prepare:


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