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Laura Kay Diaz, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Contact information
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-1877
Fax: 215-590-1415
BA (Biology)
Duke University , 1981.
MD (Medicine)
Tulane University School of Medicine, 1985.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Pediatrics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1985-1986.
Resident in Anesthesiology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1986-1988.
Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1988-1989.
American Board of Anesthesiology, 1991.
American Board of Anesthesiology Subspecialty Certification in Pediatric Anesthesiology, 2013.
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Description of Research Expertise

Anesthetic Exposure and Neurobehavioral Outcomes in children undergoing cardiac surgery in infancy.

Anesthesia for noncardiac surgery in patients with congenital heart disease and outcomes.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Anesthesia for cardiac and noncardiac surgery in patients with congenital heart disease.

Anesthesia for patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Selected Publications

Fogel MA, Li C, Wilson F, Pawlowski T, Nicolson SC, Montenegro LM, Diaz Berenstein L, Spray TL, Gaynor JW, Fuller S, Keller MS, Harris MA, Whitehead KK, Clancy R, Elci O, Bethel J, Vossough A, Licht DJ: Relationship of cerebral blood flow to aortic-to-pulmonary collateral/shunt flow in single ventricles. Heart 101: 1325-1331, 2015.

Nicolson SC, Steven JM, Diaz LK, Andropoulos DB: Anesthesia for the Patient with a Single Ventricle. Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease, 3rd Edition. Anddropoulos DB, Stayer SA, Mossad EB, Miller-Hance WC (eds.). Blackwell, Page: 567-597, 2015.

Fogel MA, Pawlowski T, Keller MS, Cohen MS, Goldmuntz E, Diaz L, Li C, Whitehead KK, Harris MA: The cardiovascular effects of obesity on ventricular function and mass in patients after Tetralogy of Fallot repair. J Pediatr 167: 325-330, 2015.

Fogel MA, Li C, Wilson F, Pawlowski T, Nicolson S, Montenegro L, Diaz L, Spray T, Fuller S, Keller M, Harris M, Whitehead K, Clancy R. : Relationship of Cerebral Blood Flow to Aortic to Pulmonary Collateral/Shunt Flow in Single Ventricles Throughout Staged Reconstruction: It's a Steal. American Heart Association poster presentation, Chicago, Illinois June 2014.

Diaz LK, Maxwell LM: Anesthetic considerations for pediatric surgical conditions. Ashcraft's Pediatric Surgery, 6th edition 2014.

Fogel MA, Pawlowski T, Schwab PJ, Nicolson SC, Montenegro LM, Berenstein LD, Spray TL, Gaynor JW, Fuller S, Keller MS, Harris MA, Whitehead KK, Vossough A, Licht DJ: Brain magnetic resonance immediately before surgery in single ventricles and surgical postponement. Ann Thorac Surg 98: 1693-1698, 2014.

Glatz AC, Nishisaki A, Niles DE, Hanna BD, Eilevstjonn J, Diaz LK, Gillespie MJ, Rome JJ, Sutton RM, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM: Sternal wall pressure comparable to leaning during CPR impacts intrathoracic pressure and haemodynamics in anaesthetized children during cardiac catheterization. Resuscitation 84: 1674-1679, 2013.

Diaz LK, Maxwell L, Tobias J: Thoracic surgery. Basics of Pediatric Anesthesia for the iPad. Ronald S. Litman (eds.). 2013 Notes: ISBN 978-0-9887461-0-7.

Dhajani K, Hopkins P, Paek J, Manyang P, Capehart S, LaGrone C, Benevides S, Servier N, McWilliams V, Emerald J, Diaz L, Stayer S, Olutoye O: Prospective evaluation of pre-operative predictors of difficult intubating conditions in a pediatric population: A study of 1000 ambulatory surgery patients. Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Las Vegas, NV 2013 Notes: poster presentation.

Buckley EM, Naim MY, Lynch JM, Goff DA, Schwab PJ, Diaz LK, Nicolson SC, Montenegro LM, Lavin NA, Durduran T, Spray TL, Gaynor JW, Putt ME, Yodh AG, Fogel MA, Licht DJ: Sodium bicarbonate causes dose-dependent increases in cerebral blood flow in infants and children with single-ventricle physiology. Pediatr Res 73: 66873, 2013.

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