John McCloskey, MD, Chief, Associate Professor, Pediatric Anesthesia; and Critical Care Medicine

Associate Professor
Division Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine

Dr. John McCloskey practiced at several institutions before joining the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 2015, most recently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In his current role as Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, he overseas more than 40 faculty and administers activities in both the operating room and PICU. Dr. McCloskey also holds the post of Pediatric Anesthesiologist-in-Chief. He coordinates surgical and critical care services within the Children’s Center and facilitates the operations of the division. He continually strives to ensure that the division stays at the forefront of pediatric anesthesia and critical care medicine and is able to provide the best care in the country.

Dr. McCloskey is board certified in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology and in the subspecialties of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Anesthesiology. Clinically, He provides anesthesia care for pediatric patients during surgery and cares for critically ill children in the PICU. He is fulfilled by the opportunity to save children’s lives and keep them safe. He also enjoys training young physicians. While at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. McCloskey was honored with awards for excellence in clinical practice and teaching on several occasions.

Dr. McCloskey has been very active in conducting quality improvement research in both the operating room and PICU. For example, he has worked on projects that have improved the throughput of adolescents undergoing spinal fusions, better defined interventions to ameliorate anesthesia emergence delirium, improved sedation protocols, and instituted an early oral feeding program for critically ill patients. His aim is to improve delivery and quality of healthcare in the Children’s Center while making it safer and more cost-effective.

Dr. McCloskey attended medical school at Temple University and earned his degree in 1984. He then went on to complete residencies in Pediatrics (1984–1987) and Anesthesiology (1987–1989) at Johns Hopkins. He continued his training Johns Hopkins with a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia Critical Care (1989 to 1991).