Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

Combined Pediatrics & Anesthesiology Residency Program

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Welcome from the Chief Resident

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the Combined Anesthesiology-Pediatrics Residency Program. Thank you for your interest in this unique training opportunity. Let’s welcome our sixth trainee, Kevin Scolaro, MD to the program!

We are one of the first such programs to be approved by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pediatrics. We are situated in the most populated region of California and have the distinction of being one of two such programs in the state. Our unwavering commitment to innovation is bolstered as we work to provide residents with clinical experiences to match their training goals.

I am pleased, and at times surprised, by the manners in which our dual training benefits patients and colleagues alike. Across the training sites we are known for expertise in airway management, critical care, and pediatric specific illnesses. When I first started, nearly five years ago, no one knew our program existed. Confused looks from attendings, subspecialists and nurses abounded in the early days as we explained the details of this journey. Now, they know us by our approach to patient care, the probing questions we ask and our thoughtful pain management plans.

It is my sincere hope you find a residency program to meet your education, career and work-life balance goals. Should your interview trail course through Orange County, California, I look forward to meeting you in person. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about any aspects of our program.


Tracy L. Burns, MD (PGY-5)

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Kevin Scolaro, MD (PGY-1)


Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Undergrad: University of Texas

Medical School: Texas Tech School of Medicine

Anesthesia-Pediatric Interest: Pediatric Anesthesia

The top three things that brought me to the program is the unique opportunity to train with two strong residency programs, the potential for growth in pediatric anesthesiology, and the people. The residents from all of the different programs that we work closely with are amazing and together build a strong sense of family. People often ask if moving from Texas was difficult, but the friendly, kind natured people make me feel right at home.

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Marc Parris, MD (PGY-2)


Hometown: Mount Vernon, NY

Undergrad: Harvard University

Medical School: University of California, San Francisco

Anesthesia-Pediatric Interest: PICU

The top three things that brought me to the program is that anesthesiology had the most unique aspects related to the program: extensive simulation exposure, 4U Didactics educational days, Perioperative Surgical Home and active research in OR technology. Pediatrics offers a diverse experience at two children’s hospitals and an academic center. Another plus is that UC Irvine has the best residents; they were all happy, eager to meet me, honest, and fun to be around. Although I still love the East Coast and miss snowfall, Orange County and SoCal living can't be beat, especially with the beaches and affordability compared to other large cities!

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Alan Hoang, MD (PGY-3)


Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Undergrad: Boston University

Medical School: Boston University

Anesthesia-Pediatric Interest: Pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home, medical education

The top three things that brought me to the program is the amazing training in both fields, strong pediatric anesthesiology presence in anesthesiology residency program and department administration, and the anesthesia department being the forefront of the Perioperative Surgical Home. Being in New England for so long, location was an added bonus.

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Mohammad Esfahanian, MD (PGY-4)


Hometown: Okemos, MI

Undergrad: Michigan State University

Medical School: Wayne State University

Anesthesia-Pediatric Interest: Pediatric anesthesia, pediatric cardiac anesthesia

The top three things that brought me to the program is the strong training and exposure to both "bread & butter" and sub-specialty pediatrics at multiple freestanding children's hospitals for pediatrics. For anesthesia there are ample resources, happy residents, and the technological strength and innovation in both simulation and clinical practice. Both are busy services that prepare us well for our careers.

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Tracy Burns, MD (PGY-5), Chief Resident


Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Undergrad: Howard University

Medical School:University of California, Davis

Anesthesia-Pediatric Interest: Pediatric acute and chronic pain

The top three things that brought me to the program was the diverse pediatric experience at three different children's hospitals, location and the opportunity to work with many experts in pediatric pain at UC Irvine Health.

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