Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

The Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesia team at McGovern Medical School has the expertise, experience, and compassion to care for the neonate, child, and adult with Congenital Heart Disease. Our team partners with the Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, located in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center. We play a crucial role in coordinating a “best practice, team-based approach” to ensure successful perioperative outcomes.

The Children’s Heart Institute is a rapidly expanding program in the Greater Houston area. The goal of the Institute is to advance innovative solutions geared towards high-quality outcomes and for patients to lead a normal life. It has earned the highest accolades from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for perioperative outcomes with a distinguished three out of three-star rating, placing it within the top 6% of congenital heart surgery centers in North America. The Heart Center caters to a wide array of congenital heart conditions and receives referrals from:

  • Texas Fetal Center
  • UT and non-UT affiliated clinics in the Greater Houston Area
  • Neonatal ICUs located at Children’s Memorial Hermann and its branches, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, UTMB Galveston, The Women’s Hospital of Texas, and other regional hospitals.


Nischal GautamNischal Gautam, MBBS
Director, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Division
Professor, Anesthesiology
Olga Pawelek, MD, FASA
Program Director of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Jehan Elliot, MDJehan Elliott, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Dr. Evelyn GriffinEvelyn Griffin, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
 Laura Anaya, RN
CV Anesthesia Coordinator
Goshu WonedwossenWonedwossen Goshu, CRNA
Kelbie Kerr, CAAKelbie Kerr, CAA
Eric-RydalchEric Rydalch, CAA
Yacouby-SaeedSaeed Yacouby, CRNA