Pediatric Anesthesiology promotes two high-level faculty, creates new division

The Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology recently made some significant organizational changes, promoting two faculty members to Associate Anesthesiologist-in-Chief and creating a new division dedicated to non-operating room anesthesia.

Dr. Steve Stayer was named Associate Anesthesiologist-in-Chief for Clinical Affairs and Dr. Blaine Easley was made Associate Anesthesiologist-in-Chief for Academic Affairs.

In Stayer’s new role, he will have authority over all aspects of clinical care delivery across all divisions and campuses, both inside, and out of the operating rooms. He will focus on coordinating and improving all aspects of care in our increasingly complex system, including oversight of safety, quality, patient experience, staffing, efficiency, and value. He also will continue to serve as the Medical Director of Perioperative Services.

“Steve has been a long-serving and valued member of the department’s leadership team,” said Anesthesiologist-in-Chief Dr. Dean B. Andropoulos. “Under his leadership, our clinical enterprise has thrived, and given the explosive growth in geography, personnel and complexity, Steve’s leadership of our clinical endeavors has never been more important.”

In Easley’s new role, he will grow and improve our academic programs, including our processes for faculty development/promotion, expanding/improving our fellowship programs, and growing and developing a comprehensive research effort. He also will continue to serve as Director of the Division of Anesthesia Critical Care.

“Blaine is a proven academic leader who will do tremendous things in this new role,” Andropoulos said. “I am confident he will help our department achieve all of our aspirations and set the benchmark for pediatric anesthesiology academics in the nation.”

Directed by Kat Campbell, the new Division of Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA), recognizes that NORA is an increasing part of our clinical practice, with more than 12,000 of our 40,000 plus anesthetics delivered outside the operating room and on an increasingly complex and ill patient population.

“Kat has done an outstanding job organizing this service for the last several years and her promotion to Division Director is well deserved and will facilitate continued growth of this area of our practice,” Andropoulos said. “Please join me in congratulating Kat on her new leadership role.”