Meet Dr. Paola Baskin
Growing up in Durham, North Carolina, Paola Baskin, M.D., loved math, science and kids. So it was no surprise to her family and friends that she ultimately went to medical school and chose the pediatric field.
She initially thought she wanted be an engineer and majored in biomedical engineering in undergraduate school. But her desire to connect with people on a daily basis and directly help patients led her to medicine. Dr. Baskin attended medical school at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She went on to complete her residency at University of California San Diego. During her fellowship at Boston Children's hospital, she completed a super-specialization on pediatric regional anesthesiology and discovered her special areas of interest in peripheral nerve blockade and ultrasonography.
If you ask Dr. Baskin why she loves being a pediatric anesthesiologist, she will tell you, "I like that anesthesiologists are the stewards of safety in the operating room. Our job is to keep patients safe and comfortable, which are two of my favorite things to do."
She also feels it's important to connect to both patients and parent. "Becoming a parent allowed me to connect even more with parents who are trusting me with their children." She believes in being honest, direct and thorough, but also compassionate.
It is that compassion and dedication that led her to Cook Children's. "I wanted to work somewhere that saw the 'whole picture' of patient health. Cook Children's not only offers top of the line technology and medical expertise, but also a kind face and a warm hug to help get you through the day."
In her personal time, Dr. Baskin loves being with her husband, kids and the family dog. Oh, and practicing her love of home improvements.
- Pediatric regional anesthesiology
- Peripheral nerve blockade
- Point-of-care ultrasonography
- Pediatric anesthesiology
- Medical School:
- University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC
- University of California – San Diego, CA
- Boston Children's Hospital – Boston, MA
- Board Certifications:
- American Board of Pediatrics
- Cook Children's Physician Network
- Above and Beyond award, University of California at San Diego, 2021