In 2017, the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine established the joint UCD/UCSF Visiting Scholars in Pediatric Anesthesia Program (ViSiPAP).  The program is designed to provide junior faculty and fellows the opportunity to develop and deliver original oral presentations in pediatric anesthesiology.   In the first year of the program, Dr. Andrew Infosino and Dr.  Kristin Pappas, and Dr. Hung Nguyen and Dr. Vanessa Hoy were the visiting scholars at UCD.  Dr. Niroop Ravula and Dr. Andrew Dobson traveled to UCSF in June 2017. 

The following year, Dr. Ravula expanded the program to Oregon Health and Science University, and we were pleased to have Dr. Kirk Lalwani as the first visiting scholar from there.   In 2020, the department inaugurated the UCD/Stanford ViSiPAP series.  With the advent of COVID-19, all three departments held a remote program, “COVID-19 on the West Coast: It’s Impact on Perioperative Care”, moderated by Dr. Rajvinder Dhamrait, Health Sciences Clinical Professor (UCD), with Dr. Andrew Infosino, Clinical Professor (UCSF) and Dr. Kirk Lalwani (Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine) presenting.

Program goals include:

  • Creating extramural opportunities for networking, collaborating and sponsorship
  • Expanding the community of practice in pediatric anesthesia
  • Increasing academic activity to improve promotion and retention rates for junior faculty
  • Assisting the transition of fellows from trainees to engaged and productive faculty
  • Promoting gender equity and URM individuals in pediatric anesthesia

Types of Exchanges include:

  • In Person Faculty
  • In Person Fellow/Faculty
  • Virtual Faculty
  • Virtual Fellow/Faculty.

Implementation and Assessment of a Visiting Scholar Exchange Program in Pediatric Anesthesiology to Promote Junior Faculty and Fellow Professional Development

List of participants and topics






Julianna Clark-Wronski, M.D.

All the Good Stuff:  Perioperative Transfers of Care

Janelle Aguirre, M.D.


Sarah Maclean, MBBS, FRCA

Non-Operating Room Anesthesia

Ryan Toole, D.O.


Rajvinder Dhamrait, MBBS, FRCA

The Second Victim – Help Me!

Michelle Kim, M.D.

The Second Victim – Help Me!


Niroop Ravula, MBBS, FRCA

Pediatric Difficult Airway 

Andrew Dobson, D.O.

Pediatric Difficult Airway



David Wong, M.D.

Anesthetic Considerations for Pediatric Patients with Mucopolysaccaridoses

Andrew Infosino, M.D.

Can ViSiPAP Improve Academic Scholarly Output and Assist with Promotion?


Esther Lee, M.D.

Non-Opioid Analgesia and Sedation

Benjamin Marsh, M.D.

Anesthetic Consideration for Posterior mediastinal masses


Jeanie Bhuller, M.S.

Pediatric MRI Under Anesthesia

Josemine Carey, MD

An Introduction to Conflict Management & Communication for the Pediatric Anesthesiologist




Ona Dachsangvorn, M.D.

Patient Blood Management

Brian Pellatt, M.D.

Pediatric Awake Craniotomy


Marissa Vadi, M.D., MPH

Cognitive Errors in Anesthesiology

First UCD presenter to OHSU




Dua Anderson, M.D.

Anesthesia for the Fetal Patient

Austin Flores, M.D.

Management of an Unusual Tracheoesophageal Fistula in a Neonate with Suspected Shone's Complex


Robert Kaye, M.D.

Mindfulness:  Finding Peace in the Midst of the Storm 

Chidimma Osigwe, M.D.

Developing an Anesthetic Care Pathway in a Novel Patient Population.  The Evolution of the Transcatheter Device Closure of PDA in Pre-term Infants at UCD