Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

The UCLA Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology group provides anesthesia for nearly 1300 cardiothoracic surgeries each year at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Hospital, and the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. As a tertiary and quaternary referral center, we serve a diverse patient population that includes neonates, infants, children, and adult for all types of cardiac surgery including complex congenital heart disease, acquired heart disease, heart and lung transplantation, thoracic aortic surgery, and implantation of ventricular assist devices. Approximately 30% of our cases are pediatric (half are less than a year of age), 40-50% of our patients have had cardiac surgery in the past, and 15% of our cases are transplants.

Each member of this highly skilled group is fellowship trained in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and perioperative echocardiography. Several members of the group have also received advanced training in pediatric and congenital cardiac diseases.

In addition to providing anesthesia for cardiothoracic procedures, this group also provides diagnostic echocardiography services in all the operating rooms and surgical suites, intensive care units, and interventional cardiovascular laboratories. All members of our group are board certified by the National Board of Echocardiography. The cardiothoracic anesthesiologists also provide an electrophysiology consult service for the reprogramming of pacemakers and ICDs for patients undergoing all types of surgery.

Clinical Activities at UCLA and the VA

Cardiothoracic anesthesiologists at UCLA provide care for nearly 1300 patients each year, undergoing cardiac surgical procedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

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UCLA Acute Care Medicine Echocardiography Service

Building upon a core practice of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in the cardiac surgical environment, the service offers imaging and consultation in the pre- and post-operative areas, non-cardiac surgical/interventional suites, and intensive care units.

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Cardiac Implanted Electronic Devices

Our group functions as part of the electrophysiology team to provide pre-operative device assessment and reprogramming as well as post-procedure inpatient management.

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Resident Education

During their months of rotation on cardiothoracic anesthesiology, residents are exposed to the numerous aspects of pediatric and adult cardiac disease, and the issues involved when providing anesthesia for these particular patients.

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Perioperative Cardiovascular Medicine and TTE Training

We aid in pre-operative risk stratification, intra-operative management, and post-operative care for patient undergoing a wide range of surgical and interventional procedures.

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CT Anesthesia Congenital Heart Disease

With over 40% of all cardiac surgeries being performed for patients with congenital heart defects each year at UCLA, our team has a rich history to provide safe anesthesia for newborns, children, adolescents and adults suffering from heart disease.

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