The Division of Congenital Cardiac Anesthesiology is the sole provider of anesthetic care for the Bruno Pediatric Heart Center within Children’s of Alabama.

The division provides anesthetic care for over 450 pediatric cardiothoracic cases, 750 cardiac catheterization procedures, and high risk anesthesia care for cardiac patients undergoing general surgical procedures. In addition, we provide specialized anesthesia care for a rapidly growing sector of the population composed of adult patients with congenital heart disease. Our patient population originates from around the Southeast and beyond with the full breadth of complexity including single ventricle palliation procedures and repairs, mechanical circulatory support, and hybrid procedures.

All of the clinical faculty members at the level of assistant professor and above are certified as diplomates of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Clinical core faculty in congenital cardiac anesthesiology have obtained additional certification in pediatric anesthesiology and training in congenital cardiac anesthesiology. In addition some of the faculty maintain advanced certification in perioperative TEE.

The primary goal of the Division of Congenital Cardiac Anesthesiology is to provide exceptional anesthetic care for all of our patients within a highly collaborative heart center composed of colleagues from the specialties of Surgery, Cardiology, and ICU Medicine.  Our secondary aims are to advance our practice and education with cutting edge research to ensure our patients are benefiting from the most current knowledge in the field and that residents and fellows are trained in best practices.


Crawford 2Jack Crawford, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Vice Chair
Division Director, Congenital Cardiac Anesthesiology