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Pediatric Anesthesiology

Includes specialty programs: Pain Center / Sedation Services

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Akron Children's Hospital anesthesiologists provide anesthesia and pain management services to tens of thousands of young patients each year. Studies show that anesthesia is safer for children — particularly very young children — when administered by a pediatric anesthesiologist. Our goal is to help a child go to sleep with as little anesthesia as possible.

Specialized care.

When it comes to anesthesiology, we understand the major differences in children’s body structures and functions, particularly infants. We also have a better understanding of the needs of each child and parent.

We have a team of pediatric anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists who are specially trained to help block and control pain in children of all ages before, during and after surgeries, procedures and tests. We use special equipment and techniques suited to the size of your child to help support a successful outcome to the surgery and anesthesia.

We also provide anesthesia services throughout Akron Children's Hospital, including in radiology, in the intensive care units and on patient care units.

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Anesthesiology


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Anesthesiology, Akron
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Anesthesiology
214 West Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3593
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Anesthesiology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Anesthesiology, Boardman
6505 Market Street
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Tarun Bhalla
Tarun Bhalla, MD, MBA, FAAP

Chair, Anesthesia & Pain Medicine; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Bradley Riemenschneider
Bradley Riemenschneider, MD

Vice Chairman, Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology; Co-Director, Pain Center; Pediatric Anesthesiologist


Ross Agnor, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Gregory Benson, MD

Medical Director, Outpatient Surgery; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Todd Brown, MD

Director of Quality and Safety, Anesthesia and Pain Medicine; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Bimal Dayal, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Ibrahim Farid, MD

Director, Pain Center; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Anthony Fritzler, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Rami Karroum, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Jonathan Klein, DO

Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Richard Mahon, DO

Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Andrew Meyer, MD

Director, Perioperative Surgical Home; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Matthew Mitchell, DO

Associate Director, Outpatient Surgery; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

George Youssef, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Tabitha Cline, MSN, APRN-CRNA

Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

Staci Duffy, MSN, APRN-CRNA

Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

Erin Forgach, MSN, APRN-CRNA

Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

Julie Ganz, MSN, APRN-CRNA

Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

Bruce Kuzma, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

Judith Lewis, DNP, APRN-CRNA

Co-Chief Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

John Puskar, BSN, APRN-CRNA

Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

Jody Swierz, DNP, APRN-CRNA

Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

Travis Terrell, MSN, APRN-CRNA

Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

Ronald Tharp, BSN, APRN-CRNA

Co-Chief Pediatric Nurse Anesthetist

Specialty Programs