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Pediatric Anesthesiologist Joins OU Children's Physicians

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 - Campus News -
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Cristina Rhodes, D.O., has established her medical practice with OU Children's Physicians. She has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery.
     
Rhodes is specifically interested in providing congenital cardiac anesthesia and neuroanesthesia. She completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Corpus Christi. She completed a residency in anesthesiology and pain management and an internship at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Rhodes earned her doctorate of osteopathy at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, Va.
     
Prior to going to medical school, Rhodes worked for NASA in Houston as a biomedical flight controller for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) programs. She trained crewmembers for medical procedures adapted to zero gravity and co-wrote medical checklists for both programs. She also helped design software for in-flight physical examinations conducted weekly aboard the Shuttle and ISS.
     
Rhodes is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia and the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society.
     
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty.
     
More than 175 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts.
     
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.

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