Dr. Myron Yaster is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, neurological surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a pioneer in the development of various new methods of preoperative sedation in children involving new drugs, novel drug delivery techniques and parental presence in the operating room at the induction of anesthesia.
Dr. Yaster is the inaugural Richard J. Traystman Professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.
He received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He earned his M.D. from the State University of New York-Downstate and completed residencies in anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania and pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh – UPMC. Dr. Yaster performed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1983.
Dr. Yaster started the Pediatric Pain Service at Johns Hopkins and was its director until 2005. The Pediatric Pain Service treats approximately 3,000 patients annually and is rated among the best worldwide. He was also a founding member of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia.
Dr. Yaster has spearheaded various methods of pain management in infants, children and adolescents involving new drugs and techniques. Most recently, he developed a protocol to counteract the side effects of common opioids by using ultra low doses of naloxone, a well-known antidote for narcotic overdose. Given in very small amounts, the drug counteracts opioidal side effects without canceling out their main action: eliminating pain.
He is a member of multiple professional societies, including the Society for Critical Care Medicine, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he holds a fellowship. His two textbooks, Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents and The Pediatric Pain Management and Sedation Handbook are considered the gold standard textbooks in the field.