This one year Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program is sponsored by Jackson Health System / Jackson Memorial Hospital Holtz Children’s Hospital.   The Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeast United States and has one of the largest neonatal care units in North America. Located at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, it is known worldwide for their team of pediatric specialists experienced in treating children with all types of needs through collaborative success between Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami Health System.

Within the Pediatric Cardiac surgery program, the pediatric anesthesia fellow focuses on the anesthetic requirements and support for surgical and interventional correction of congenital heart diseases in newborns, children and adults. The Holtz Children’s Hospital Children’s Heart Center utilizes advanced technologies along with the specialized pediatric teams approach to maximize survival and quality of life for these children.

Fellows also rotate through the Congenital Heart Institute at Miami Children’s Hospital, an established leader in the care of pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular patients. They offer the most up-to-date facilities, surgical methods and technology. At MCH, the pediatric cardiac surgical program performs more than 400 open heart cases each year. The fellow will also gain experience in the perioperative care of children undergoing a variety of sub-specialty surgeries including neurosurgery, facial-maxillary reconstruction, ENT and general surgery.

The active pediatric solid organ transplant program at JMH is The Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive transplant institutes where the surgeons and specialized anesthesiologists are known for their expertise in handling multi-organ transplantation. Pediatric fellows participate in these cases and their peri-operative performance, longitudinal learning experience and skills advancements with placement of invasive monitors is measured throughout the year utilizing specific metrics.

The considerable academic support of our complex, multifaceted, integrated teams has enabled this program to continue to reach the highest levels in pediatric anesthesia and perioperative healthcare for our region. The fellowship promotes sub-specialty systems thinking, smooth integration of interdisciplinary linkages along with improved clinical-academic support. At JMH, fellows will gain considerable experience in the anesthetic care of full-term and premature infants.

ACGME Accredited:  Yes
Residents or Fellows per year:  Two
Duration:   One Year
Postgraduate Training Required:   Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: Yes

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
  • Baptist Hospital Systems
  • South Miami Hospital
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
  • Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital/Holtz Children’s Hospital
  • Westchester Hospital New York
  • University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital
  • Tripler Army Medical Center Hawaii
  • Driscol’s Children’s Hospital Texas

Our Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship program participates in the NRMP. Please click here to apply to our program through ERAS.

The Clinical training in Pediatric Anesthesiology is spent caring for pediatric patients in the operating rooms, other anesthetizing areas and in the intensive care units. This includes experience providing anesthesia for inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, non-operative procedures outside the operating rooms, pre-anesthesia, post anesthesia care.

The specialty curriculum allows for full participation in the educational and scholarly activities within the training program along with opportunities to develop research projects, foster and track entrust able professional activities and benchmarking performance in achieving independent practice.
The pediatric anesthesia fellows are asked to participate in weekly pediatric anesthesia conferences and present an advanced clinical cardiovascular topic once a month moderated by the pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists. They also participate in pediatric solid organ transplant conferences, pediatric cardiac surgical conferences and pediatric anesthesia simulation activities.

The pediatric anesthesia fellow will have full access to the library, research and computer facilities at UM/JMH Department of Anesthesiology. He or she will be expected to participate in research projects, patient safety initiatives and Quality assessment and improvement activities during their fellowship year where they will have assistance of the full time research staff in the department.

Board Exam Requirements
ABA Certification


  • Patient Safety Quality and Improvement process
  • Clinical Research

Pediatric Anesthesiology fellows take call once a week

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Holtz Children’s Hospital
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Hospital

Program Directors, Preceptors, Medical Student Clerkship Directors or Contacts

  • Lydia Jorge, MD, Program Director JMH
  • Norman Halliday, MD, Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia JMH
  • Frank Wang, MD, Associate Program Director, NCH
  • Christopher Tirotta, MD, Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia NCH
  • Luis Rodriguez, MD, Assistant Professor, Educational Director JMH
  • Isis Del Rio, MD, Assistant Professor Pediatric Anesthesia JMH
  • Stephan Klumpp, MD, Assistant Professor Pediatric Anesthesia JMH
  • Amanda Saab, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia JMH
  • Frank Gencorelli, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia JMH
  • Elaine Varga, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia JMH
  • Dorothea Baumgard, D.O., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Anesthesia JMH
  • Neil Masters, MD. Assistant Professor, Pediatric Anesthesia JMH

Applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited program in anesthesiology, be in good standing in the prerequisite program and must have passed step 3 of the USMLE. Applicants must have a current and valid Florida Medical License or must be eligible to be registered upon appointment.

Maria-Cristina Albornoz-Wells, Program Coordinator
Phone: (305) 585-1191
Fax: (305) 545-6195
Email: mcwells@med.miami.edu