Dr. Heitmiller has contributed to the field of anesthesia in numerous ways and has been on the leading edge of the national quality movement. She holds the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Professorship in Anesthesiology. She was a founding charter member in 2006 of the National Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society and served on the original Executive Board of “Wake-Up Safe,” a federally certified patient safety organization, and is currently Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee for the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia.
She was Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. She served as Chair of the Hospital Risk Management Committee, departmental Physician Advisor for Clinical Quality Improvement, and, early in her career, developed and directed the transesophageal echocardiography program at Johns Hopkins.
Having written extensively throughout her career on topics from the management of difficult airway patients to system issues such as developing and implementing quality control processes, Dr. Heitmiller has made a major impact in this field. She has mentored many physicians throughout her career and published author of over fifty peer-reviewed publications, thirty-four book chapters, and is an editor of an anesthesia handbook.
Dr. Heitmiller joined Children’s National from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she served as faculty in the Departments of Anesthesia, Critical Care Medicine, and Pediatrics with particular expertise in cardiac anesthesia. Dr. Heitmiller completed her medical school training at Georgetown University, followed by residencies in pediatrics and anesthesiology, and fellowship in cardiac anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Research & Publications
Research & Publications
World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
(2014) Effect of Preoperative Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor and Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker Use on Hemodynamic Variables in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Cardiopulmonary Bypass Pediatric Anesthesia
(2014) Pediatric preoperative blood ordering: when is a type and screen or crossmatch really needed?Anesthesia & Analgesia Journal
(2013) Pediatric Perioperative Life Support Anesthesia & Analgesia Journal
(2013) Quality and safety in pediatric anesthesiaTransfusion
(2013) Transfusion-associated hyperkalemic cardiac arrest in pediatric patients receiving massive transfusionsAnesthesia & Analgesia Journal
(2012) Off-label use of medications in children undergoing sedation and anesthesiaTransfusion
(2010) Blood wastage reduction using lean sigma methodologyAnesthesia & Analgesia Journal
(2009) Need for emergency surgical airway reduced by a comprehensive difficult airway programResuscitation Journal
(2008) A survey of pediatric anesthesiologists’ resuscitation experience and knowledge of American Heart Association resuscitation guidelines