Pediatric transport medicine and the dawn of the pediatric anesthesiology and critical care medicine subspecialty: An interview with pioneer Dr. Alvin Hackel

Christine L. Mai, Zulfiqar Ahmed, Aubrey Maze, Fatima Noorulla, Myron Yaster

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Abstract

Dr. Alvin 'Al' Hackel (1932-) Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, and Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has been an influential pioneer in shaping the scope and practice of pediatric anesthesia. His leadership helped to formally define the subspecialty of pediatric anesthesiology ('who is a pediatric anesthesiologist?') and the importance of specialization and regionalization of expertise in both patient transport and perioperative care. His enduring impact on pediatric anesthesia and critical care practice was recognized in 2006 by the American Academy of Pediatrics when it bestowed upon him the profession's highest lifetime achievement award, the Robert M. Smith Award. Of his many contributions, Dr. Hackel identifies his early involvement in the development of pediatric transport medicine as well as the subspecialty of pediatric anesthesiology as his defining contribution. Based on a series of interviews held with Dr. Hackel between 2009 and 2014, this article reviews the early development of transportation medicine and the remarkable career of a pioneering pediatric anesthesiologist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-480
Number of pages6
JournalPaediatric Anaesthesia
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

Keywords

  • Alvin Hackel
  • credentialing
  • facility regulation and control
  • incubators
  • infant
  • pediatric anesthesia
  • transportation of patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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