Dr. Joseph Tobias Appointed Chief of Anesthesiology at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

June 14, 2010

Joseph Drew Tobias, MD, joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital June 7 as chief of Anesthesiology and will oversee Anesthesia Services, Pain Medicine and Sedation across the hospital. He comes to Nationwide Children’s from the University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics in Columbia, Missouri.

Dr. Tobias is nationally recognized as one of America’s Best Doctors and is active in numerous societies including the American Society of Anesthesiology, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the Society for Pediatric Research and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia. He has been widely published in numerous professional publications and is actively involved in research and teaching. His current research interests include nitrous oxide for procedural sedation, applications of methadone in children, neuromonitoring using near infrared spectroscopy, continuous peripheral nerve blockade with disposable outpatient devices and the use of new pharmacologic agents such as clevidipine and dexmedetomidine in the pediatric population.

During his time at University of Missouri Hospital & Clinic, Dr. Tobias held the Russell & Mary Sheldon Chair in Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine and served as the Vice-chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology.  He was also the Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology, an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive care Unit (PICU), and on the hyperbaric medicine service. He was a professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

Dr. Tobias received his medical training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine. From there, he completed a residency in pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor University affiliated program in Houston, and a residency in anesthesiology at the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Tobias also completed a pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric critical care fellowship at John Hopkins. Before serving as faculty at the University of Missouri, Dr. Tobias also was an associate professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University. He is board certified in pediatrics, anesthesiology, pediatric critical care and pain management.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Anesthesiology manages anesthesia care for the entire spectrum of surgical diseases from complex congenital heart surgery through solid organ transplantation. Anesthesia is provided by pediatric anesthesiologists who have extensive training in the care of young patients - their expertise is one of our greatest assets. Nurses and other clinical staff are also specially trained and dedicated to the special needs of children.

NOTE TO EDITOR: Dr. Tobias is a resident of (43017).

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.