• Chief Experience Officer, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Chief Experience Officer, University Hospitals


  • Gender: Female


Joan Zoltanski, MD, MBA, FAAP, is a pediatric critical care physician and Medical Director of the Pediatric Sedation Unit, Division of Pediatric Pharmacology and Critical Care Medicine, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. She is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Zoltanski is board certified in pediatrics, and she is certified in basic life support and pediatric advanced life support. Her special interest is pediatric procedural sedation, especially for children with cancer.

Dr. Zoltanski holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York, College at Buffalo, N.Y., and a Master’s of business administration from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She earned her doctorate in medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she won the Albert L. Lewin Award for Clinical Excellence in Pediatrics in 2004.

She completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric pharmacology and critical care medicine at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. She was appointed to the medical staff in 2009 and was named Medical Director of the Pediatric Sedation Unit in 2012.

Dr. Zoltanski’s research interests are pediatric procedural sedation and pediatric infectious diseases. She has authored or coauthored articles in professional journals and presented scientific abstracts national medical meetings. She teaches pediatric procedural sedation on a national level to advanced practice clinicians through the Society for Pediatric Sedation. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society for Pediatric Sedation and Society for Critical Care Medicine.

Awards and Recognition

Albert L. Lewin Award for Clinical Excellence in Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2004
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics

Research Interests

Pediatric procedural sedation
Pediatric infectious diseases

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics

Education & Training


1995, State University of New York at Buffalo

Medical / Professional School(s)

2003, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


2006, Pediatrics - University Hospitals of Cleveland


2009, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - UH Case Medical Center

Office Locations

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Department of Pediatrics-Pediatric Critical Care
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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