Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers a one-year fellowship in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology.

We are a high volume institution with 495 hospital beds and 14,600 inpatient admissions every year.

The Heart Institute at CHLA cares for approximately 8,000 children annually. Pediatric cardiac anesthesiology fellows will gain a variety of clinical experience in the operating room and in the hospital’s 25-bed cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU) as well as with perfusion and cardiology/echocardiography.

After completing the program, fellows will have the knowledge and skills to provide care for children with complex congenital heart disease. There are two pediatric cardiac fellowship positions available every year.

Why CHLA?

The Heart Institute at CHLA is ranked among the top five pediatric cardiology programs in the country—and the top center on the West Coast for pediatric cardiac surgery—by U.S. News & World Report. Our institution treats children of all ages undergoing cardiac surgery and cares for children with significant cardiac history undergoing non-cardiac surgery, MRI, interventional radiology or cardiac catheterization procedures. We performs heart transplants and ventricular assist devices implantations as well. CHLA does approximately 950 cardiac surgical procedures each year.

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  • Meet Our Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Team

Advanced clinical training is the primary goal of the one-year fellowship in pediatric cardiac anesthesia. Fellows spend the majority of time providing clinical care in the cardiac operating rooms and catheterization laboratory under the direct supervision of one of the attending cardiac anesthesiologists.  

The cardiac anesthesia team cares for infants, children and adolescents with various forms of congenital and acquired heart disease. Treatment is provided in the CTICU or through cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology laboratories and other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Fellows will spend one to two months in the CTICU, which can be divided into weekly interments throughout the year. The remaining months are devoted to other rotations including dedicated time with perfusion or with cardiology/echocardiography.  If a fellow’s training was primarily in adult health care, the program can be adjusted to include dedicated time for general pediatric anesthesiology.

We are currently accepting applications.

To apply, please contact Fellowship Director Dr. Kristin Richards at klrichards@chla.usc.edu.

Applicants will need to have completed or be currently enrolled in a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship or an adult cardiac anesthesiology fellowship.

Fellows per year: 2

Postgraduate training required: Candidates must be BC/BE in anesthesiology or pediatric anesthesiology or have completed an adult cardiac anesthesiology fellowship prior to the start of this CHLA fellowship. 

Attending physicians:

Kristin Richards, MD
Director, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship

Sabine VonBusse Mellinger, MD
Director, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

Michelle Schlunt, MD

Michael Mulick, DO

Christian Walker, MD

Clementine Vo, DO

Certified registered nurse anesthetists:

Jenny Keilani, CRNA