Tobias Elected Chairperson-Elect of AAP Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

December 5, 2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine has elected Joseph D. Tobias, MD, FAAP, Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, to the position of Chairperson-Elect.  Dr. Tobias began his two-year term in this role on November 1, 2011, and will subsequently begin a two-year term as Chairperson of the Section on November 1, 2013.

Dr. Tobias joined the staff at Nationwide Children’s in 2010 and is board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care.  He is also on the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.  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.  Dr. Tobias leads the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Anesthesiology team in the management of 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.

The AAP is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.  The AAP Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine was established in 1965 as the voice of pediatric anesthesia for the pediatric community and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is the primary means to convey issues about the quality of health for children relevant to anesthesiology on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics and through the Academy to government agencies.  The Section educates pediatricians and other medical and surgical specialists in anesthesia-related issues as they apply to infants and children.  It actively participates in the Academy's educational programs to familiarize its members with anesthesia-related issues as they apply to children up to 21 years of age.  The Section encourages the participation of its membership in the advancement of the clinical practice of pediatric anesthesia, which includes anesthesia for surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures, as well as the relief of pain, by serving as a forum for the presentation of research projects, either recently completed or in progress, and seminars and conferences that serve that purpose.

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

Dr. Joseph Tobias, cheif of Anesthesiology

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 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 1.6 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