Children's Hospital Colorado
David Polaner, MD
Anesthesiology

David Polaner, MD

Chairman, American Society of Anesthesiologists Pediatric Abstract Review Committee
Chairman, Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Network (PRAN)
Director, Pediatric Transplant Anesthesiology
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics

Specialties:
Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology - Pediatric, Pediatrics
specialties:

Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology - Pediatric, Pediatrics

Meet David Polaner, MD

When I develop an anesthetic plan for my patient, I must have an intimate understanding of the child's underlying medical conditions, the details of the operation, and the developmental and emotional state of the child and their family. In addition to the precision, knowledge, skill and vigilance needed to administer a safe anesthetic, the pediatric anesthesiologist must address the emotional effects of the period before and after the actual anesthetic, which have a profound influence on recovery. We aren't just "putting your child to sleep"- we are his or her pediatrician during the operation, too.

Get to know his background

general and regional (nerve blocks, spinals, epidurals) anesthesia for infants and children, Director of Pediatric Transplant Anesthesia, anesthesia for complex pediatric conditions, anesthesia for pediatric spine surgery

Undergraduate 1977

Yeshiva University (NY)

Medical School 1982

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Internship 1983

Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Jacobi/Montefiore) Program

Residency 1985

University of Washington Program, Pediatrics

Residency 1987

University of Washington Program, Anesthesiology

Fellowship 1988

University of Washington Program, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Fellowship 1989

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Anesthesiology

Graduate 2015

Harvard University

Best Doctors in America 2003

Best Doctors, Inc.

Active Member 2011

Association of University Anesthesiologists

2nd Place Capstone project 2015

Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Program

For Patients:
My research involves several areas: regional anesthesia in children, the effect of anesthetics on the developing brain, problems of the pediatric airway, and high altitude medicine. In addition, I often assist my colleagues in developing clinical research projects in other areas.
For Referring Providers:
My first research focus spans several areas related to regional anesthetics in children: I am the founding chair of the Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Network, which is the world's largest prospective study on risk, complications, and practice of regional anesthesia in children. I am site PI for the GAS study, a prospective randomized trial comparing neurodevelopment outcome in infants receiving general or regional anesthetics, and PI for a multi center prospective randomized trial comparing caudal and penile blocks and in incidence of urethrocutaneous fistula following hypospadias repair. I am a co-investigator at the Altitude Research Center, where we are looking at the relationship between intracranial pressure and compliance and Acute Mountain Sickness. I work with Johan van Hove on a translational study looking at propofol infusions and mitochondrial function. Finally, I am site PI of a multi center study looking at difficult intubation in children.

Chairman, American Society of Anesthesiologists Pediatric Abstract Review Committee

Chairman, Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Network (PRAN)

Director, Pediatric Transplant Anesthesiology

Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics


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