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Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

About Us:

A 12-month ACGME-accredited fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology is offered by the UT Southwestern Medical Center. The fellowship is based at Children’s Health, Dallas Campus and will offer candidates a comprehensive experience in all aspects of the perioperative management of patients with congenital heart disease, from neonates to adults. 

Children’s Health is a national leader in the area of pediatric cardiac surgery, with an open-heart caseload of greater than 300 cases per year. This includes the full spectrum of surgical treatment for congenital heart disease, including VADs, ECMO, and transplantation. The exposure will also account for over 800 catheterization procedures a year, and complex management of non-cardiac surgery for patients with congenital heart disease. The Heart Center is a self-contained unit within the main hospital and consists of three operating rooms, three cardiac catheterization labs, a cardiac MRI suite, an 18-bed cardiac ICU, and a cardiac step-down unit. The anesthesia team has 7 full-time pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists. 
Applicants should have completed or be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited pediatric anesthesia fellowship. Alternative pathways, such as after an accredited adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship, will be considered on an individual basis. 

Our People:

Leadership rosters: 

Sana Ullah, M.D.

Program Director

Luis Zabala, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Roster of current fellows: 

David Preston, D.O.


The fellowship consists of 9 months clinical experience in the cardiac operating rooms, and elective months in the cardiac ICU and echocardiography. Additional electives can be arranged on an individual basis depending on interests and future career plans. Weekly cardiac anesthesia didactic lectures are given throughout the year by faculty members.  Fellows are expected to participate in scholarly activities throughout the fellowship and attend the annual SPA/CCAS Meeting.  

Multidisciplinary Departmental Meetings: 

  • Monthly Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Conference 
  • Monthly Anesthesia Dept. Journal Club 
  • Monthly Anesthesia Dept. Morbidity & Mortality Meeting (M&M) 
  • Monthly Cardiac Surgery M&M 
  • Monthly cardiac ICU Case Conference 
  • Weekly Cardiology Conference for surgical cases planning 
  • Weekly Cardiac Multidisciplinary Assessment of Performance CMAP) Rounds 


  • 9 months core cardiac experience in the OR and cath labs 
  • One month rotations in cardiac ICU, echocardiography, and CPB/ECMO 

Scholarly Activities: 

  • Monthly cardiac anesthesia meeting – fellows to give 1 presentation 
  • Weekly cardiology conference to discuss upcoming cases 
  • Monthly departmental / M&M meeting 
  • Fellow expected to give 1 Grand Round presentation at departmental meeting 
  • Submit one abstract to SPA /CCAS 
  • Attendance at annual SPA / CCAS meting 


  • Call commitments 
  • Education fund 
  • Vacation: 15 days 
  • Discretionary: 5 days 
  • Non-clinical: 2 days/month