Seven Allied Anesthesia physicians recently became board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists, bringing the total number of Allied physicians with the new subspecialty to 36.
Allied Anesthesia, which serves Children’s Hospital of Orange County in addition to numerous hospitals and health care facilities throughout Southern California, is the only group in Orange County with that many board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists.
Drs. Kaveh Matin, Ralph Da Graca, Jack Canton, Lorraine Kaelin, Norichika Okada, Kishan Patel and Eric Ontiveros joined the other Allied pioneers in the specialized field of pediatric anesthesiology, which was first offered by the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 2013.
“Board certification helps assure the families that the physicians caring for their children really do understand the specific needs and issues that pertain to the pediatric patient population,” said Da Graca, a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist who has been with Allied since 2008.
He said pediatric anesthesiologists are often dealing with high-risk patients who have multiple medical problems so it’s critical to have a firm grasp of pediatric physiology and the various metabolic, genetic and cardiac issues that are unique to the pediatric population. And, dosages for children are more critical because they are based on a patient’s size.
Da Graca and Matin, Allied’s CEO, said having the board certification is a validation of their knowledge and multiple years of experience working with children.
Matin said eventually having all Allied physicians who work at CHOC becoming board-certified in pediatric anesthesia will be a selling point for the hospital.
“It gives the hospital a sense of security in knowing they have the highest quality physicians caring for their young patients,” Matin said. “And, it will help them promote themselves as one of the leading hospitals in pediatric care going forward.”