January 19, 2022

Lori Riegger, M.D., named associate chair for pediatric anesthesiology

Riegger has served as division director of congenital cardiac anesthesiology since 2000 and service chief of pediatric anesthesia since 2019.

Lori Riegger, MD

Lori Riegger, M.D., has been named associate chair for pediatric anesthesiology and Sujit K and Uma A Pandit Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology. She also will serve as M-PLAN leader for the OR and PACU at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. All appointments began January 1, 2022.

A longtime University of Michigan faculty member, Riegger served as division director of congenital cardiac anesthesiology from 2000-2021 and as service chief of pediatric anesthesia from 2019-2021.

“I am both humbled and excited to lead this talented group of pediatric anesthesiologists at Mott to advance quality anesthetic care in children,” Riegger said. “The strength of our team is that there are so many who have areas of specific expertise — and they are all willing to assist, teach, and be a resource for the rest of our team.”

In her new appointments, Riegger will work with M-PLAN partners—the surgeon-in-chief of Mott as well as the nursing leaders of the OR and PACU—to ensure optimal patient care, improve patient quality and safety, and increase operational efficiency in Mott operating rooms. She also will lead, mentor, and support a team of 38 pediatric anesthesiologists, support the education of the department’s residents and pediatric anesthesiology fellows, and partner with the pediatric CRNA team to provide outstanding anesthesia care for children.

During Riegger’s time as division director of congenital cardiac anesthesiology, the division grew in both numbers — from approximately six congenital cardiac anesthesiologists in 2000 to 14 last year — and in responsibilities within the Congenital Heart Center (CHC). The division now cares for 100% of patients in the pediatric cardiac catheterization labs and is a key stakeholder alongside colleagues in cardiac surgery and cardiology in several initiatives to improve care and quality within the CHC.

Riegger succeeds Paul Reynolds, M.D., whose leadership over the past three decades transformed the division across Michigan Medicine’s tripartite mission of clinical care, education, and research.

“It will not be easy to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Reynolds. He has been the face of Pediatric Anesthesiology for 30 years and he is the best clinical anesthesiologist that I have known. He led the way for us to become the first-rate division that we are today,” Riegger said. “And he has been an exceptional boss — concerned about us as friends, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, as much as being anesthesiologists — and that was evident in his thoughtful, respectful manner of leading us. I hope to continue his positive legacy.”

Riegger earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from University of Michigan. She also completed her residency and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at U-M.