Outstanding contribution to pediatric anesthesiology: An interview with Dr. Robert H. Friesen

Mark D. Twite, Richard J. Ing, Christopher S. Nichols, Myron Yaster

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Dr. Robert H. Friesen, (1946–) Professor of Anesthesiology, Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, has played a pivotal and pioneering role in the development of pediatric and congenital cardiac anesthesiology. His transformative research included the study of the hemodynamic effects of inhalational and intravenous anesthetic agents in the newborn and the effects of anesthetic agents on pulmonary vascular resistance in patients with pulmonary hypertension. As a model clinician-scientist, educator, and administrator, he changed the practice of pediatric anesthesia and shaped the careers of hundreds of physicians-in-training, imbuing them with his core values of honesty, integrity, and responsibility. Based on a series of interviews with Dr. Friesen, this article reviews a career that advanced pediatric and congenital cardiac anesthesia during the formative years of the specialties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)991-996
Number of pages6
JournalPaediatric anaesthesia
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • Robert Friesen
  • congenital cardiac anesthesia society
  • congenital cardiac anesthesiology
  • halothane
  • pediatric anesthesiology
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • society for pediatric anesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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