One-Third of Georgia’s Pediatric Anesthesiologists are at MUMC in Savannah

(February 7, 2014) - Care for patients at The Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) just got even better. Six anesthesiologists recently became board certified in pediatric anesthesiology. There are only 18 board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists in the state of Georgia, and six of them are at MUMC. They are Stephen Miller M.D., Hemal Patel, M.D, Minh Gia Thai, M.D., Larry Corbitt, M.D., Stephen Rogers, M.D., and Joseph Thompson, M.D.

"Earning board certification requires a huge commitment and a great deal of personal time. As a pediatric surgeon, I deeply appreciate the efforts of our anesthesiologists. This is another way that we are making surgery as safe as possible for our patients at The Children's Hospital," said David Carney, M.D., a pediatric surgeon at MUMC. 

A pediatric anesthesiologist is a fully trained anesthesiologist who has completed an additional year of specialized training in anesthesia care for infants and children. To earn board certification in pediatric anesthesiology, the physician must also complete intense study and pass a rigorous annual exam. Many children who need surgery have complex medical problems that affect many parts of the body. The pediatric anesthesiologist is best qualified to evaluate these complex problems and plan a safe anesthetic for each child.

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