Anesthesiologist-in-Chief and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
John J. Downes, MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Kurth’s appointment marks a homecoming. He completed his pediatric residency and pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric cardiac anesthesiology fellowships at CHOP, and served as a CHOP attending physician from 1989 to 2002. For the past 13 years, Kurth has been the Anesthesiologist-in-Chief and Anesthesia Department Chair at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His research focuses on neuro-protection during anesthesia and cardiopulmonary bypass, the fetal effects of anesthesia, and, more recently, quality improvement in perioperative care.
“Two years ago, I was invited to CHOP to present Grand Rounds as a visiting professor. The people in Critical Care and Anesthesiology really impressed me with their dedication to children’s health, their professionalism with each other, and the talent they had in medical education and research. I thought it would be a privilege and a lot of fun to come back here and work with them as a leader. That was before the recruiting process even began. Visiting professorships are an important way to exchange ideas and learn from each other. And for me, it planted a seed that led to my eventual return to Philadelphia.”