Skip to Main ContentSkip to Footer


Infants and children react differently than adults to anesthesia. Our pediatric anesthesiologists are specially trained to administer general anesthesia, sedation and pain medicine to children.

Our goal is to keep your child as comfortable as possible before, during and after surgery. We will explain the steps in the anesthesia process and answer your questions to help reduce anxiety, for both you and your child. A member of our team will explain how and when your child will transition from your care to ours for surgery preparation, who will provide care in the operating and recovery rooms and how your child will wake up to familiar faces.

Your guide to pediatric surgery locations at Vanderbilt

Learn everything you need to know to prepare your child and yourself for a visit, at Monroe Carell or at our surgery locations in Murfreesboro and Spring Hill.

Meet Your Care Team

Clayton Adams

Clayton AdamsMD

    Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Christy J. Crockett

Christy J. CrockettMD

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Brian S. Donahue

Brian S. DonahueMD

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Andrew D. Franklin

Andrew D. FranklinMD, MBA

    Anesthesiology, Cancer pain, Chronic Headache, Complex Region Pain Syndrome, Interventional Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Medicine
Michael T. Kuntz

Michael T. KuntzMD

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
James M. Kynes

James M. KynesMD

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Annie Hogan

Annie HoganAPRN

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Rhonda R. Rippy

Rhonda R. RippyPNP, BSN

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Elizabeth A. Smith

Elizabeth A. SmithAPRN, BSN

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Emily R. Smith

Emily R. SmithAPRN

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Lindsey Bowland

Lindsey BowlandAPRN

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services

Why You Can Trust Anesthesiology Services at Monroe Carell

  • journalism, book, Class options, Specialized assessments
    Advanced training

    Our pediatric anesthesiologists and pediatric certified registered nurse anesthetists receive advanced training to understand children’s unique anesthesia needs. This ensures safety, comfort and best outcomes for your child.

  • caduceus, Depth of expertise, excellent outcomes
    Depth of experience

    Our pediatric anesthesiologists oversee the anesthetic management and perioperative care of more than 23,000 patients at Children’s Hospital each year. We offer a full range of inpatient and outpatient perioperative services and serve as a major referral center for Tennessee and surrounding states.

  • goal, specialized, individualized, customized, Personalized care
    Personalized care

    After reviewing medical records, we will collaborate with you, your child and your child’s doctors to create a personalized anesthesia plan. It is important to answer questions accurately to ensure the safety of your child.

  • social, Collaborative care, people, conference, Team, staff, partners
    Collaborative care

    Through personalized intervention, our Complex Coordination of Care Program team strives to minimize your stress. Our team works with you to combine procedures so that your child receives needed care with as little anesthetic exposure as possible. You can help us coordinate procedures by letting us know if your child is scheduled for future visits. Our team works with other departments to personalize a schedule for you.

  • family, parents, child, Patient-centered care, healthcare
    Family-centered resources

    To prepare and cope with an upcoming surgical experience, you may schedule a visit for your family with Preoperative Assessment and Teaching for Children's Hospital (PATCH). A child life specialist will teach your child about their surgery in the way children learn best – through their senses. You will also meet with a family nurse practitioner to discuss the operation and anesthesia.