Charles Dean Kurth, MD

Anesthesiologist-in-Chief Director

Department of Anesthesia Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

Dr. Kurth received his MD from the University of Wisconsin and completed residencies in pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and anesthesia at the University of Florida.  He also completed a pediatric anesthesia and pediatric cardiac fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a post-doctoral research fellowship in cerebrovascular physiology at the University of Pennsylvania.  He was faculty at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine until 2002.  During the first few years of his career, he investigated anesthetics on respiratory control in infants.  For the next 15 years, he studied cerebral hypoxia-ischemia related to congenital heart disease and developed the technology, near infrared spectroscopy to monitor cerebral oxygenation at the bedside.  In 2002, he became Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  In 2010, he was elected to the Board of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and is President of the Pediatric Anesthesia Leadership Council of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  During the past few years, he used quality improvement science to advance pediatric anesthesia care, writing and speaking on this topic frequently around the world.