David Mark Polaner, MD


On staff since March 2019

Academic Title: Professor of Anesthesiology

  • Other Publications

    • McCann ME, de Graaff JC, Dorris L, Disma N, Withington D, Bell G, Grobler A, Stargatt R, Hunt RW, Sheppard SJ, Marmor J, Giribaldi G, Bellinger DC, Hartmann PL, Hardy P, Frawley G, Izzo F, von Ungern Sternberg BS, Lynn A, Wilton N, Mueller M, Polaner DM, Absalom AR, Szmuk P, Morton N, Berde C, Soriano S, Davidson AJ, GAS Consortium.
      Neurodevelopmental outcome at 5 years of age after general anaesthesia or awake-regional anaesthesia in infancy (GAS): an international, multicentre, randomised, controlled equivalence trial.
      30782342 Lancet (London, England), 2019 Feb. 16 : 393(10172)664-677
    • Clebone A, Strupp KM, Whitney G, Anderson MR, Hottle J, Fehr J, Yaster M, Schleelein LE, Burian BK, Galvez JA, Lockman JL, Polaner D, Barnett NR, Keane MJ, Manikappa S, Gleich S, Greenberg RS, Vincent A, Oswald SL, Starks R, Licata S, Pedi Crisis Application Working Group.
      Development and Usability Testing of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Pedi Crisis Mobile Application.
      30540613 Anesthesia and analgesia, 2018 Dec. 11
    • Brockel MA, Polaner DM, Vemulakonda VM
      Anesthesia in the Pediatric Patient.
      30316310 The Urologic clinics of North America, 2018 Nov. : 45(4)551-560


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Medical/Professional School

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
Harvard Medical School, Boston
St. George's University School of Medicine - Registrar, Bayshore


Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle
Anesthesiology, University of Washington, Seattle


Pediatric Anesthesia, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Harvard Medical School, Boston

Clinical Interests

general pediatric anesthesia

transplant anesthesia for children

pediatric regional anesthesia

the difficult pediatric airway

high altitude physiology

Research Description

REGIONAL ANESTHESIA AND OUTCOMES: I am the co-founder and chairman of the Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Network, a collaboration of pediatric anesthesiology departments seeking to learn more about and improve the practice and safety of nerve blocks and regional anesthetics in children. As an investigator in the GAS Consortium, I am studying the effects of anesthesia in infancy on neurodevelopment.

PEDIATRIC AIRWAY: I am on the steering committee of the Pediatric Difficult Intubation Registry, and participate in our research studies.

HIGH ALTITUDE MEDICINE: I am a particpating investigator at the Colorado Altitude Research Center (ARC) and involved in laboratory and field studies about the effect of high altitude and hypoxia on human physiology.

Finally, I am an editor of the journal Pediatric Anesthesia, where I get to review the research of other clinician scientists in pediatric anesthesia.