Pediatrics Division

  • University of Virginia, Pediatric Anesthesiology Division

    The UVA Pediatric Anesthesiology Division Faculty at the Battle Building Children's Hospital

  • University of Virginia Anesthesiologists Confer.

    Dr. Joe O'Brien, MD updates resident, Dr. Brian Brenner, MD on a patient in the Pediatric Post Op Unit.

  • University of Virginia Anesthesiologists check the scan.

    Dr. Peggy McNaull, MD teaches Pediatric Anesthesiology to a resident.

  • Anesthesiologist Dr. Castro teaches Pediatric Anesthesiology

    Dr. Barb Castro, MD, Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology reviews scans with resident physicians.

  • University of Virginia Dr. Samantha Vizzini, MD teaches Dr. Evan DaBreo, MD on a Pediatric Anesthesia case.

    Dr. Samantha Vizzini, MD teaches Dr. Evan DaBreo, MD on a Pediatric Anesthesia case.


The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology at UVA Children’s is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate, family focused care to children of all ages.

Our fellowship-trained and board certified pediatric anesthesiologists provide over 5,300 individualized anesthetics to children in settings throughout UVA Health. These settings include the main ORs of UVA Health Tertiary Hospital, the Ambulatory Surgery Center in UVA Children’s Battle Building, and various non-OR settings located in our radiology, oncology and GI departments.

We recognize the unique challenges and stresses each family experiences in the perioperative period. Our pediatric anesthesiologists collaborate with our team of surgeons, intensivists, radiologists, and child life specialists. The team develops an anesthetic plan that ensures all needs are met in a safe, supportive and child friendly environment.

A Message from the Division Chief

University of Virginia Barbara Castro, M.D.

Barbara Castro, M.D., Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology & Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology has four distinct missions: provide quality and comprehensive pediatric anesthesia care to children of all ages in the operative and non-operative setting, educate and inform the next generation of physicians, commit to continual improvement and innovation, and advocate for children’s health at the local and national levels.

Our division comprises 10 pediatric anesthesiologists with diverse training and interests. This promotes collaboration and innovation. We introduce residents to pediatric anesthesia early in their career and allow access to advanced level cases as they progress.

We are dedicated to quality care and participate in the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG) as a member institution. Through our membership in professional societies we routinely advocate for resources to ensure the health and safety of our patients at the local and national levels. We consider it an honor and a privilege to serve our pediatric patients at the number one Children’s Hospital in Virginia.

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