Chief, Department of Anesthesiology
Director, Cardiac Anesthesia, The Heart Program of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Dr. Tirotta has been an active member of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, medical staff since 1991, practicing with the Department of Anesthesiology; he has served as the Director of Cardiac Anesthesia since 2002. He also has a clinical appointment with the Department of Anesthesiology at The University of Miami School of Medicine.
Dr. Tirotta received his BA from Cornell University in 1982 and his MD from New York University School of Medicine in 1986. He also received an MBA degree from Columbia University in 1999. Dr. Tirotta completed his internship in Internal Medicine at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1990; he sub-specialized in pediatric and cardiovascular anesthesia, including heart transplantation.
In 1994, Dr. Tirotta created and produced the widely acclaimed pre-operative educational video titled, “A Hospital Trip with Dr. Bip”. This program, narrated by the endearing animated character Dr. Bip, explains to young children what to expect when they go to the hospital for surgery. It also includes coloring books and stickers. This program was exhibited at numerous national medical conventions and has sold thousands of copies all over the English-speaking world.
Dr. Tirotta is a member of numerous professional societies and has served on a number of hospital committees, including the Heart Program Executive Committee. He previously served as the Co-Chair of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Physician Hospital Organization. He is also responsible for giving numerous medical lectures and is actively engaged in clinical research. He has been the Principal Investigator on a number of clinical drug/device trials, including on the ON-Q Pain Buster, the muscle relaxant Zemuron, the procoagulant RiaSTAP, and the AirPurge.
Dr. Tirotta was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1982, was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma in 1999, graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University and was the recipient of the Robert D. Dripps Memorial Award for the outstanding graduate resident in anesthesiology in 1990. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, is sub-specialty certified in Pediatric Anesthesia and a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is licensed to practice medicine in the states of Florida and New York.