Gary E. Hirshberg, MD


Gary E. Hirshberg, MD, is the past anesthesiologist-in-chief of the Departments of Pediatric Anesthesiology/Pain Management at both St. Louis Children’s and Shriner’s Hospitals, emeritus professor of anesthesiology, and past director of the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.

His career included training in research, surgery, and anesthesiology at Washington University, followed by a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia and critical care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Hirshberg’s early laboratory interests centered on islet transplantation as a way to treat Type I diabetes and later moved to clinical research on patient quality and safety for pediatric patients who were undergoing anesthesia. Hirshberg has been on the editorial board of the journal Pediatric Emergency Medicine and served on various committees in the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society of Critical care Medicine.

Hirshberg has been a Boy Scouts of America leader, has coached youth athletic teams in soccer and basketball, and was a consultant to St. Louis Zoo veterinarians. He has been involved in diversity and financial aid efforts at various educational institutions in St. Louis. His interests also include sailing, music, cooking, photography and the renovation of a turn of the century home built on land that originally was occupied by the 1904 World’s Fair.

He has been caring for patients while teaching and mentoring students, residents and fellows at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital for over 35 years.