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Pediatric Anesthesiology


UT Southwestern offers four positions per year in our one-year, ACGME-accredited Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship.  Our goal is to provide an exceptional year of training which will lead to Board Certification in Pediatric Anesthesia from the American Board of Anesthesiology.   
UT Southwestern and Children’s Health System of Texas is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States.  Our free-standing pediatric hospital is the eighth largest pediatric healthcare provider in the nation. Our 487-bed hospital houses the first Level 1 pediatric trauma center in North Texas, a premier referral Level 4 NICU in North Texas, and a Level 1 PICU and CVICU.  Our Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology provides more than 43,000 anesthetics a year and services all surgical subspecialties. 
Fellowship Application and Match Applications are accepted through ERAS at the start of the calendar year, with interviews beginning in March/April. All interviews will be scheduled virtually using Thalamus. 

Fellowship Objectives

Our fellowship goals are as follows: 

  • To acquire the specialized fund of knowledge, clinical judgment, and technical skills required to independently provide safe, evidence-based anesthetic care for a wide variety of pediatric patients. This includes children of all ages with and without associated medical comorbidities, undergoing surgical or diagnostic procedures, both simple and complex.
  • To gain familiarity with research methodology and help carry out a research project.
  • To create an environment that encourages and instructs the fellow to become a life-long learner. 
  • To achieve board certification in pediatric anesthesiology through the American Board of Anesthesiology. 

Our People:

Leadership rosters

Current fellows:

Ryan Hoffmann, M.D.

Ashlin Mathew, M.D.

Cole Sievers, M.D.


Program Design Annual Rotation Schedule includes: 

  • Operating Room: (6 Months)
  • Main Operating Room 
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center 
  • Non-OR Anesthetizing Locations 
  • Cardiac Rotation: (2 Months) 
  • Cardiac Operating Room 
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Spine/Orthopedics/Regional (1 Month)
  • Pain management and Regional Anesthesia (1 Month) 
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (1 Month) 
  • Elective (1 Month) 

Clinical Practice 

UTSW division of Pediatric Anesthesia boasts one of the largest faculties in the country. We provide pediatric coverage to the UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children's Health System and Texas Health Resources.  Located in the Dallas Fort Worth area, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, we care for a very social, economically, and ethnically diverse patient population. As part of a multidisciplinary team, we work closely with our colleagues in Pediatrics (and its subspecialties), surgery and radiology. Our close-knit team consists of nationally recognized experts in a variety of areas, including clinical care, research, and quality. Fellows are provided a supportive environment in which they develop in-depth clinical, consultant, and research expertise. 
With over 40,000 cases a year, yet only four fellows, our fellowship program has all the advantages of a small program with the resources and patient acuity of one of the largest programs in the country.  Boasting a level 1 trauma center and a level 4 NICU, we offer all facets of pediatric anesthesia: 

  • Cardiac/Thoracic surgery 
  • Neonatal emergencies 
  • Low birth weight and extremely low birth weight infants 
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Trauma 
  • ENT/airway surgery 
  • Plastics/craniofacial 
  • Orthopedic/Spines 
  • Pediatric regional anesthesia 
  • General pediatric surgery 
  • Urological surgery 
  • Solid organ transplantation 
  • Pediatric pain management 
  • Dental surgery 
  • Ophthalmological surgery
  • Pediatric critical care 

Our program operates on an educational philosophy that fellowship is a choice; accordingly, we work to ensure that your year is worth the time investment.  Pediatric anesthesiology fellows are given the highest priority for daily assignments, and they are free to mold their year in the way that best suits their professional goals, all while exceeding the minimum requirements expected by the ACGME.   

We support our fellows by: 

  • Provision of superb clinical experience with a diverse faculty team comprised of 55 board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists. 
  • A dedicated faculty mentor, specifically selected to suit each fellow’s personality and professional goals 
  • Faculty-mentored research and quality improvement opportunities 
  • Dedicated national conference days 
  • Nonclinical time for scholarly activities 
  • Didactic lectures 
  • Patient Safety Simulations 
  • Departmental and divisional conferences 
  • Grand Rounds/Morbidity & Mortality Conferences 
  • Mock Oral Exams led by current ABA applied examiners 
  • Quarterly Journal Clubs  
  • Access to all departmental resources