Professor of  Anesthesia & Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine; Director of Pain Medicine at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Pain: A Symptom, A Disease, A Misery



Dr. Eliot Krane was born in Philadelphia in 1953, but almost immediately moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he grew up.  He earned his BA in chemistry at Reed College in Portland in 1974, and graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Medical School in December, 1977.  During this time he spent 14 months at Cambridge University as a research associate in maternal/fetal endocrinology. He completed residency training in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, then a second residency program in anesthesiology.  This was followed by a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Krane then joined the faculty at the University of Washington as an assistant professor, and the clinical staff at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.  There, he and Don Tyler founded the pain management service in 1985, which they believe was the first pain management program for children in the U.S.  

In 1994 he answered Stanford’s call to establish the division of pediatric anesthesia and serve as the first anesthesia chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  He remained the chief of pediatric anesthesia until 2003, when he stepped down to lead the pain management group full-time.

Since then the balance of his time has been devoted to the pain management clinic, research, and administration.

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