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).