Richard Rowe, MD
Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2009-2010
Medical School: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesiology, Children's Hospital Boston
Dr. Rowe is an expert in pediatric anesthesiology. Pediatric anesthesiologists are best equipped to care for children because youngsters react to medications and anesthesia differently than adults. Kids are not small adults.
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland provides one-to-one care — for every procedure we dedicate one pediatric anesthesiologist for each child patient. At many other institutions, one anesthesiologist may supervise several patients at the same time.
Children’s Hospital also pursues the latest improvements in anesthesiology technology. Dr. Rowe is specifically interested in virtual simulation technology and has been instrumental in developing and testing airway simulation technology. Dr. Rowe can discuss topics that include pediatric anesthesiology and resident training.
Thanks to advances in medicine and technology, anesthesia-related deaths occur in fewer than 1 in 30,000 children. The rate is even lower among healthy children.
Sources: Anesthesiology, volume 93, page 6-14, 2000
Pediatric peri-operative environment
A pediatric perioperative environment provides the highest, safest levels of care to children undergoing anesthesia at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. All anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other staff at Children’s specialize in the physiological and psychological care of children. We use only special supplies, and medical and lab equipment designed to accommodate children of all sizes; and we perform all our procedures in specially equipped operating and recovery rooms. This ensures a child- and family-friendly environment offering the best quality of care available.
Virtual Airway Simulation Technology
This simulation technology helps our anesthesiologists and residents test and improve their intubating skills before doing actual surgeries. During intubation, a fiber-optic bronchoscope is sometimes inserted into a child’s airway so images of the airway may be viewed during surgery. Our simulator lets medical staff perfect their skills, learning and practicing new techniques before treating actual patients.
Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is an inherited disease that causes a rapid rise in body temperature and severe muscle contractions when the affected person is exposed to certain anesthetic medications. The best remedy is prevention. Using appropriate anesthetic medication can prevent the development of malignant hyperthermia during surgery. Parents are encouraged to inform their surgeon and anesthesiologist if their child has this condition, or has a family history of anesthesia-related problems, before planning surgery.
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