New Chief of Palliative Care & Critical Care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health

STANFORD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kanwaljeet J. S. (“Sunny”) Anand, MD, has joined Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
and Stanford Children’s Health
as the new division chief of palliative care & critical care medicine.

In his new role, Anand is overseeing the 24-bed pediatric intensive care
unit at Packard Children’s and the eight-bed PICU at John
Muir Health
in Walnut Creek.

“The opportunity to build a world-class critical care program at a
top-ranked institution such as Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital has
been a strong desire during my entire career,” said Anand, who
previously served as St. Jude Chair of Critical Care Medicine and
division chief of pediatric critical care at LeBonheur Children’s
Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. “I’m looking forward to collaborating
across all the medical and nonmedical disciplines at Stanford
University. This is fertile ground to develop new clinical pathways and
guidelines, and to innovate and model best practices.”

Anand will play a leading role in the growth of the hospital’s PICU,
which cares for children and young adults suffering from a
life-threatening illness or injury, or require intensive care to recover
after major surgery. The unit has outgrown its success, and is expanding
from 24 to 36 beds beginning summer 2017, just after the hospital opens
its 521,000-sq.-ft.,
$1.1 billion expansion and new main building
. In total, the hospital
will have 397 licensed beds.

In addition, Anand will also be involved in expanding access to
high-quality pediatric intensive care throughout the region. This
expansion can be seen through partnerships such as John Muir Health,
where Contra
Costa County’s first PICU
was made available this past spring
through a collaboration with Stanford Children’s Health.

“We will be exploring options for collaborations with other medical
institutions, as this is integral to providing the highest level of care
throughout the Bay Area and beyond,” he said. “By expanding our clinical
program, and also raising the bar in every aspect of our clinical care,
we will provide exceptional pediatric critical care to more children in
the Bay Area.”

Anand, who is also a professor of pediatrics and of anesthesiology,
perioperative and pain medicine at the Stanford University School of
Medicine, will be recruiting additional faculty, including those with a
special focus on research that enhances how physicians care for
critically ill children.

“We plan to invest heavily in training the future leaders of pediatric
critical care in the coming generations,” Anand said. “Stanford is
world-famous for its education programs, and we want clinicians to train
here while we support their research and career trajectories.”

“Dr. Anand is an internationally renowned expert in pediatric critical
care, and I’m delighted to have someone of his caliber join our staff,”
said Christy
Sandborg, MD
, chief of pediatric rheumatology and the hospital’s
vice president of medical affairs. “He is a proven leader in critical
care research, and I’m looking forward to his contribution in helping us
enhance our own best practices.” Sandborg is also a professor of
pediatric rheumatology at the Stanford
University School of Medicine

G. Dawes
, president and CEO, saluted Anand’s arrival and its impact.
“Dr. Anand is an international leader in palliative care and critical
care medicine,” Dawes said, “and he is a perfect fit for our mission of
expanding access to all those who need the highest quality of pediatric
intensive care. His reputation in our industry is second to none, and he
will play a major role in many patient care advances in the coming

Awards and background

Anand obtained his undergraduate and medical training at University
of Indore in India. As a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, he
earned a doctor of philosophy degree. He completed a post-doctoral
fellowship in anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, followed by
pediatric residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital and pediatric
critical care fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles on pain and
stress in infants and children. Anand has received numerous awards for
his work, including the 2009 Nils Roseìn von Rosenstein Medal from the
Swedish Society of Medicine and Swedish Pediatric Society (the highest
international award in the field of pediatrics), the Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. “Salute to Greatness” Individual Award in 2008, and many
others. Anand was the inaugural holder of the Morris & Hettie Oakley
Chair in Critical Care Medicine at University of Arkansas for Medical
Sciences from 2001 to 2009, and was the inaugural holder of the St. Jude
Chair of Critical Care Medicine from 2009 to 2014 at the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at
its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively
dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized by U.S.
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