Dr. Cesar Padilla is a first-generation Mexican American from Northern California. His parents emigrated from the Mexican state of Jalisco, settling in the East Bay Area (Union City) in the 1970s, where they worked in local factories. Cesar would spend every summer of his childhood in Mexico, where his passion and inspiration for becoming a doctor was ignited. After high school, he attended Ohlone Community College in Fremont where he heard about and attended Stanford University's Minority Medical Alliance conference at age 19, inspiring him to pursue medicine. Dr. Padilla is now double fellowship trained from Harvard Medical School in critical care medicine and obstetric anesthesiology, with additional training in critical care echocardiography. His research interests include critical care in obstetrics and addressing inequities in maternal/obstetric care. Dr. Padilla also serves as the Chief Medical Education Advisor for Alliance in Mentorship/MiMentor, a non-profit organization with a mission of mentoring underrepresented students interested in medicine and is the Co-Chair of the inaugural Council of Anesthesiology for the National Hispanic Medical Association. Dr. Padilla is currently a clinical assistant professor at Stanford and hopes to connect, teach, and inspire the next generation of students pursuing medicine.

Clinical Focus

  • Obstetric Anesthesia
  • Echocardiography
  • Anesthesia

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Pfeiffer Foundation (2022)
  • Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) Faculty Fellowship, US Department of Health and Human Services (2021)
  • Anesthesiologist of the year, Department of Regional Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic (2020)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Co-Chair, Council of Anesthesiology, National Hispanic Medical Association (2021 - Present)
  • Chief Medical Education Advisor, Alliance in Mentorship/MiMentor (2020 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: National Board of Echocardiography, Critical Care Echocardiography (2021)
  • Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital Anesthesiology Fellowships (2017) MA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesia (2019)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine (2019)
  • Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School (2018) MA
  • Residency: Cedars Sinai Medical Center (2016) CA
  • Medical Education: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2012) NY

2022-23 Courses

All Publications

  • Placenta Accreta Spectrum Disorders: Knowledge Gaps in Anesthesia Care. Anesthesia and analgesia Warrick, C. M., Markley, J. C., Farber, M. K., Balki, M., Katz, D., Hess, P. E., Padilla, C., Waters, J. H., Weiniger, C. F., Butwick, A. J. 1800


    Placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) disorder is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur during pregnancy. PAS puts pregnant individuals at a very high risk of major blood loss, hysterectomy, and intensive care unit admission. These patients should receive care in a center with multidisciplinary experience and expertise in managing PAS disorder. Obstetric anesthesiologists play vital roles in the peripartum care of pregnant patients with suspected PAS. As well as providing high-quality anesthesia care, obstetric anesthesiologists coordinate peridelivery care, drive transfusion-related decision making, and oversee postpartum analgesia. However, there are a number of key knowledge gaps related to the anesthesia care of these patients. For example, limited data are available describing optimal anesthesia staffing models for scheduled and unscheduled delivery. Evidence and consensus are lacking on the ideal surgical location for delivery; primary mode of anesthesia for cesarean delivery; preoperative blood ordering; use of pharmacological adjuncts for hemorrhage management, such as tranexamic acid and fibrinogen concentrate; neuraxial blocks and abdominal wall blocks for postoperative analgesia; and the preferred location for postpartum care. It is also unclear how anesthesia-related decision making and interventions impact physical and mental health outcomes. High-quality international multicenter studies are needed to fill these knowledge gaps and advance the anesthesia care of patients with PAS.

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    View details for PubMedID 35073282