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Phone: (909) 558 - 9404
Ext. 49404

Hours of Operations: 
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 2:00pm

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Welcome to the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital! We offer a 12-month ACGME-accredited fellowship. Our team of pediatric anesthesiologists is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive and enriching learning experience that nurtures the development of exceptional pediatric anesthesiologists. 

Our innovations include the first successful neonatal heart transplant,  separating 3 sets of conjoined twins, and EXIT procedures.

The program takes immense pride in producing graduates with a 100% board pass rate. Our alumni thrive in diverse positions within academic, and private practices at our own institution and across the nation.


The 364-bed Children’s Hospital serves as the sole children’s hospital for 1.2 million kids in our community, and we deliver over 10,000 anesthetics annually, to treat the full spectrum of diseases. We are the region’s only dedicated pediatric emergency room and Level 1 pediatric trauma center. The clinical program supports a 25-bed pediatric intensive care unit, an 84-bed level 4 neonatal intensive care unit and a dedicated 14-bed cardiac intensive care unit.

Our hospital has been recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital for several specialties and we were named a Top Children’s Hospital for the sixth time in seven years.

Loma Linda is centrally located in Southern California about halfway between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. It is one of few world-renowned Blue Zones . This area is a convenient central hub for day trips to explore a diverse range of attractions such as beach cities, 10,000-foot-tall mountains, the Disneyland Resort, Joshua Tree National Park and a plethora of cultural/sporting events and dining options in Los Angeles. 

Elizabeth Ghazal, MD
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Program Director
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Patrick Leiter MD
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Associate Program Director
Jozelle Wong Yu
Residency / Fellowship Coordinator 
Debbie Whitaker
Administrative Assistant


The fellowship year is designed to provide a comprehensive clinical experience and fellows can expect to gain experience in providing the highest level of care for the most complex disorders. The rotation schedule includes the following:

  • Main OR/Advanced Clinical                           3 months

  • Cardiac Anesthesia                                              2 months

  • Critical Care (PICU)                                          1 month

  • Neuroanesthesia                                                   1 month

  • Pain Management / Regional Anesthesia     1 month

  • Ambulatory Anesthesia                                     1 month

  • Non-Operating Room Anesthesia                 3 weeks

  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)               1 week

  • Research                                                                 1 month

  • Supervisory Rotation/Main OR                     1 month



Our program incorporates a robust schedule of educational conference opportunities. This includes a fellow didactic series, problem-based learning discussion and literature review sessions which are scheduled weekly. Simulation-based training sessions are available. Written, oral board and OSCE preparation activities are scheduled. Other educational opportunities include departmental Grand Rounds, mortality and morbidity conferences, journal club, POCUS workshops and a weekly multidisciplinary cardiac conference.


Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium provides its fellows with a compensation program that is highly competitive in today’s market. The stipend and benefits structure includes a housing and meal allowance. The plan may be reviewed at Stipends & Benefits.


There is an active Resident Medical Auxiliary network of resident spouses that provides support for residents and their families. Additional information is available at Resident Medical Auxiliary.


The fellowship program at Loma Linda University participates in the SF Match (ACGME program ID 0420531042) with 3 positions available annually. Applications are accepted from January until June 10.

Required Documentation

·       Curriculum vitae

·       Dean's Letter

·       Medical School Transcript and Diploma

·       USMLE Step 1-3 Scores

·       Recent ABA ITE Scores

·       Letters of Recommendation (please submit 3, one of which must be from your Program Director)

·       Letter of Good Standing, including residency start date and anticipated date of completion (if not incorporated in the Program Director Letter)

Application Timeline

·       Application period opens: January 8, 2024

·       Initial application file review: Through Mid-March

·       End applications: May

·       Interviews: March through May

·       Match: June 25, 2024

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