July 24, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT: David Bricker
Anesthesiologist Donald Shaffner, M.D., a member of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center faculty since 1990, has been named director of the pediatric division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.
Shaffner will oversee the operations of pediatric critical care, pain management and the intensive care unit (PICU). He succeeds David Nichols, M.D., recently named vice dean of education for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
In his new role, Shaffner wants to focus on information technology tools that enable the division’s 16 pediatric anesthesiologists and intensivists to share clinical and scientific expertise with each other and with other health care professionals throughout the world.
Shaffner, who received his medical degree from the University of Virginia, completed his pediatrics training at Case Western Reserve University’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where he was chief resident in pediatrics. Shaffner was both a resident and a fellow in the Johns Hopkins Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He was Anesthesiology’s chief resident and assistant director of the PICU. As an educator, Shaffner has served as the fellowship director for the School of Medicine and is currently a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
"Dr. Shaffner is one of the reasons why the Children’s Center is such a special place," says George Dover, M.D., director and pediatrician in chief of the Children’s Center. "He has earned the respect of his peers as a pediatrician and as a researcher."
The pediatric division of Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins provides care in the areas of pediatric anesthesiology, critical care medicine and pain management. Division doctors and nurses assist in over 8,000 pediatric surgical procedures in and out of the operating room every year.