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Lena S. Sun, MD

Lena S. Sun, MD: Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics

Dr. Lena Sun is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics. Since 2001, she has been the Chief of Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Anesthesiology.

Dr. Sun received her medical degree from Mt Sinai School of Medicine, her pediatric residency training from Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, and her anesthesia residency training from Columbia University. Following completion of her anesthesia residency training, she spent two and half years in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Rosen as a postdoctoral research trainee on the NIH T32 training grant in the Division of Developmental Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology of Columbia University. She joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1989.

Dr. Sun is on the Board of the Pediatric Anesthesia Program Director Society. She has served on the Pediatric Research Council of Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research since 2006. She has been a member of the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia Research Committee from 1999 until present. She is also on the editorial board of The Communicator, a publication for the MHUSA and has an active member of the Malignant Hyperthermia hotline consultant group for many years. She. She serves as the ad hoc reviewer for many different publications in anesthesiology and cardiovascular physiology. She was the lead author of the chapter on Cardiac Physiology in the major anesthesia textbook Anesthesia, edited by Dr. Ronald Miller. Dr. Sun has been a member of the Association of University of Anesthesiologist, an honor society of academic anesthesiology. Dr. Sun is on the Board of the Chinese American Pediatric Scholar Children Foundation, and is the organizer for an upcoming international symposium on Pediatric Cardiovascular Medicine. She also serves on the Medical Board of the Chinese Children’s Pediatric Foundation. She has been the anesthesia team leader for the annual medical mission to China sponsored by CCPF since 2005.

Dr. Sun’s research interests involve both the basic science as well as patient-oriented investigations. She was funded by NIH for 10 years to study a rat model of prenatal cocaine exposure and cardiovascular development. Over the past two years, Dr. Sun has been leading the effort as the Principal Investigator of the multi-site PANDA (Pediatric Anesthesia and Neuro-Development Assessment) Study to pursue the important research question of anesthetic neurotoxicity in the developing human brain. The FDA under the SAFEKIDS initiative currently funds her. She recently received NIH funding for a R34 to support the planning of the full PANDA study.