CCAS 2023 Annual Meeting
March 30, 2023

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Dr. Dolly D. Hansen, "the Mother of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia", devoted her entire career to the life of children with congenital heart disease (CHD). Dr. Hansen graduated from Copenhagen University Medical School in 1961, and later completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Boston Children's Hospital in 1971. By default, Dr. Hansen became the only pediatric cardiac anesthesia attending at BCH in 1973, and for the next 30 years Dr. Hansen worked in the pediatric cardiac anesthesia division at BCH. In addition to being one of the first women in the field Dr. Hansen has been a CHD anesthesia pioneer. Dr. Hansen was the first anesthesiologist to routinely care for children undergoing surgical repair with deep hypothermic cardiac arrest and to provide anesthesia in the hyperbaric chamber. Dr. Hansen administered anesthesia for the first Norwood Stage 1 procedure in 1983; an event reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, in which she was a coauthor. She astutely recognized that blunting of the surgical stress response in infants during cardiac surgery was essential for survival and published extensively in that area. Dr. Hansen retired in 2002 as an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. During her tenure at BCH, as Head of the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Division, Dr. Hansen built the largest Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Service in the country, with 10 members at the time of her retirement.

When Dr. Dolly D. Hansen retired from BCH, she graciously donated funds for an endowed chair at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Hansen's wishes were that the funds would be utilized to conduct research, provide education to generations of professionals caring for CHD patients, and to improve the lives of patients with CHD.

It is fitting to honor Dolly's remarkable career and fulfill her wishes by establishing the Dr. Dolly D. Hansen Educational Fund. This Fund is intended to serve the educational mission of the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society.


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