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John Joseph McCloskey, M.D.

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  • Division Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine



Research Interests

Quality of care; Anesthesia emergence delirium; Sedation protocols; Critical care


The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

1800 Orleans St.
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, Suite 6323
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. John McCloskey is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise is anesthesiology. 

He practiced at several institutions, most recently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, before joining the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 2015. In his current role as division chief of pediatric anesthesia and critical care medicine, he overseas more than 40 faculty and administers activities in both the operating room and PICU. Dr. McCloskey also holds the post of pediatric anesthesiologist-in-chief. He coordinates surgical and critical care services within the Children’s Center and facilitates the operations of the division.

Dr. McCloskey is board certified in pediatrics and anesthesiology and in the subspecialties of pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric anesthesiology. Clinically, he provides anesthesia care for pediatric patients during surgery and cares for critically ill children in the PICU. He is fulfilled by the opportunity to save children’s lives and keep them safe. He also enjoys training young physicians. While at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. McCloskey was honored with awards for excellence in clinical practice and teaching on several occasions.

He attended medical school at Temple University and earned his degree in 1984. He then went on to complete residencies in pediatrics (1984–1987) and anesthesiology (1987–1989) at Johns Hopkins. He continued his training at Johns Hopkins with a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia critical care (1989–1991). more


  • Division Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Temple University School of Medicine (1984)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (1987)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (1989)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (1990)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology (1992)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology / Pediatric Anesthesiology (2013)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (1992)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. McCloskey’s research has focused on quality improvement in both the operating room and PICU. He has worked on projects that have improved the throughput of adolescents undergoing spinal fusions; better defined interventions to ameliorate anesthesia emergence delirium; improved sedation protocols; and instituted an early oral feeding program for critically ill patients. His aim is to improve delivery and quality of health care in the Children’s Center while making it safer and more cost-effective.

Lab Website: John McCloskey Lab

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