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Ronald S. Litman, DO
Ronald S. Litman
Attending Anesthesiologist

Dr. Litman is a crusader for safer medication practices, and his major research interest is on the effects of sedative and anesthetic agents on upper airway patency.

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Dr. Litman’s primary areas of research and academic study include:

  • The intersection of law and medicine, in particular the regulation of medication administration: In 2018, Dr. Litman received his Master in Law degree of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
  • Opioid use and regulation: Dr. Litman is Chair of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Anesthesia and Analgesia Drug Product Advisory Committee.
  • Malignant hyperthermia: Dr. Litman served as the Medical Director of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States hotline from 2013 to 2019.
  • Medication safety: Dr. Litman is the Medical Director of the Institute for Safe Medication Practice.
  • Upper airway physiology and responses to administration of sedatives and anesthetics: From 2001 to 2016, Dr. Litman served as Chair of the Pain and Sedation Committee at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Conflict of interest in medicine: Dr. Litman is Vice-Chair of the Conflict of Interest Committee at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Education and Training

Master in Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 2018

BA, State University of New York at Buffalo (Biology), 1980

DO, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1985

Pediatric Internship, Beth Israel Medical Center, 1985-1986

Pediatric Residency, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, 1986-1988

Anesthesiology Residency, Mount Sinai Medical Center, 1988-1990

Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1990-1991

Rotating Osteopathic Internship, Mercy Suburban Hospital, 2001-2001

American Board of Pediatrics Certification (Recertified 1996, 2004), 1989

American Board of Anesthesiology Certification (voluntary recertification 2001), 1992

American Board of Pediatric Anesthesiology Certification, 2014

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Anesthesiologist

Professional Memberships

Medical Director, Institute for Safe Medication Practice

Chair, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Anesthesia and Analgesia Drug Product Advisory Committee 

Medical Director, Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States hotline, 2013-2019 

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