Emmett E. Whitaker, MD :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Emmett E. Whitaker, MD, FAAP

Emmett E. Whitaker, MD, FAAP

Contact Information

Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-4200
FX: (614) 722-4203

Location Information for Patients

Main Campus


Emmett Whitaker, MD, FAAP, is an attending anesthesiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Whitaker earned his undergraduate degree in Biology and Spanish from Niagara University and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He received his anesthesiology training from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland where he served as chief resident for 6 months. Dr. Whitaker then completed his fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiologists. His clinical and research interests focus on neuroanesthesia, the effects of anesthetics on the developing brain, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration. He conducts his translational research under the mentorship of Fievos Christofi, PhD in the Tzagournis Biomedical Research Facility at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.



  • Male

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

Clinical Interests

  • Thoracic Anesthesia
  • Spinal Anesthesia for Infants and Children
  • Neuroanesthesia

Research Interests

Areas of Interest:

  • Neuroinflammation
  • The Effects of Anesthesia on the Developing Brain
  • Mechanisms of General Anesthesia in Pediatric Patients
  • Neurotoxicity

Research Funding*:

  • Development of a Preclinical Model to Further Study Anesthetic-Induced Mechanisms of Neurotoxicity in the Pediatric Population
    National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Grant (NICHD)
    2014-2016, PI

  • Isoflurane-induced neuroinflammation in children with hydrocephalus: A bench-to-bedside, translational study of molecular pathways and therapeutic approaches
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    2015-2016, PI

  • Anesthetic Effects on the Developing Brain
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    2013-2017, PI

  • Isoflurane-induced neuroinflammation in children with hydrocephalus: A bench-to-bedside, translational study of molecular pathways and therapeutic approaches
    Davis-Bremer Foundation Pre-K Award (OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science)
    2015-2016, PI

Education and Training

Medical School

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry
    Date Completed: 05/19/2006


  • Mercy Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/2007


  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Date Completed: 10/14/2011


  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Date Completed: 06/30/2013


  • Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine


  • Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 09/27/2013

Awards, Honors and Organizations

  • Member, American Medical Association, 2003-present
  • Inductee, Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society. University of Rochester Chapter, 2006
  • M.D. Degree with Distinction in Research, conferred May 19, 2006
  • ASA/FAER Mentoring Award, 2011
  • Specialty Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014-present
  • Member, International Anesthesia Research Society 2008-present
  • The Mark I. Rossberg Outstanding Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 2013
  • Resident Delegate, Maryland Society of Anesthesiologists, 2006-2011
  • Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology Young Investigator Award, 2016
  • Friend of the PACU Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Awarded by nursing staff to a colleague who is collaborative and team-oriented. 2011
  • Member, American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2003-present
  • SEA-HVO Fellow, Peru Teaching Program. Awarded, fellowship not accepted, 2009
  • Founder and Past Chair, ASA Medical Student Component
  • SEA/FAER Abbott Scholar, ASA 2008 Annual Meeting
  • Member, Pediatric Steering Committee for Anesthesiology Toolbox, 2015-present
  • Resident Delegate, American Society of Anesthesiologists Resident Component, 2006-2011
  • Resident Fellow, SEA/HVO, 2009-2011
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry "Rochester Prize Scholarship”, 2002-2005
  • Member, Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology, 2008-present
  • Resident Member, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, 2007-2011
  • Selected to be featured in University of Rochester Scholarship Fundraising video, 2004
  • Selected as Johns Hopkins ACCM Chief Resident. Served November 2008-April 2009
  • Recognition Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 2014
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