Vanessa Olbrecht

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Dr. Olbrecht is the Chair of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, and a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Prior to her arrival at Nemours, she was the Vice Chair of Quality Improvement and Development and Director of Fetal Anesthesiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and her pediatric anesthesia fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received an MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2015.

Dr. Olbrecht’s research is focused on improving pediatric pain with innovative, non-pharmacologic therapies. She has received over $1.1 million in funding both for her research and device development and has an R34 from the NIH to develop a clinical trial protocol for the integration of biofeedback-based virtual reality in perioperative pain management.

Outside of work, Dr. Olbrecht enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and 5-year-old daughter, Marcella. She is an avid equestrian and enjoys English riding and jumping. She also loves to travel and explore new parts of the world.