January 02, 2009
Collaboration between CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine has brought a Yale anesthesiologist and two National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies to Orange County. Zeev Kain, M.D., is a recognized international expert in the clinical management of surgery-related anxiety and pain in children undergoing invasive medical procedures. Previously, he was executive vice chair of anesthesiology at the Yale University School of Medicine, and anesthesiologist in chief and director of the Pediatric Surgery Center at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Kain’s research at CHOC Children’s focuses on pediatric pain and anxiety in children undergoing surgery, as well as behavioral interactions between children, their parents and healthcare providers. During his 19 years at Yale, the results of Dr. Kain’s research changed the manner in which children are treated during the perioperative period. He says he is looking forward to collaborating with CHOC Children’s physicians. “The research at CHOC Children’s will change the way pediatric pain and pediatric anxiety before procedures are managed at the hospital and around the world,” explains Dr. Kain, who is assisted at CHOC Children’s by six staff members, including two who have doctorates in psychology. Currently, Dr. Kain and his CHOC Children’s team are observing pain responses. In the future, they will begin randomized trials involving interventions before or after surgery.
Dr. Kain completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology plus a Robert Wood Johnson fellowship in research at Children’s Hospital Boston and Yale University, respectively. He completed his anesthesia residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and his internship and pediatric residency at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New York. He is a graduate of the Ben-Gurion School of Medicine, in Israel. Dr. Kain serves on the editorial board of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia and Journal of Pediatric Psychology. He has more than 250 original articles, case reports, book chapters and abstracts to his credit.
About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
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