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Christina Riccio, M.D.

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Management
  • Pain Management


Christina Riccio, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in surgical and procedural anesthesia for patients with difficult airways.

Dr. Riccio earned her medical degree at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. 

Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010. 

Dr. Riccio’s clinical and research interests include airway devices during general anesthesia and deep sedation in obese patients and in patients with complex airways. 

She was recently awarded first place for Best Overall Scientific Abstract for her clinical research at the Society for Airway Management meeting. Dr. Riccio speaks nationally on this topic and has led and participated in several regional Airway Workshops for other anesthesiologists. She is the creator and director of the popular Difficult Airway Resident Rotation, where she teaches advanced airway management techniques to UT Southwestern trainees.

Dr. Riccio serves as Anesthesiologist in Charge for the Parkland Health & Hospital System and is Parkland’s team leader for thoracic, ENT, and oral and maxillofacial anesthesia.

She is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Dallas County Anesthesiology Society, the Society for Airway Management, and the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists.

Education & Training
  • Residency - University of California San Diego Medical Center (2006-2009), Anesthesiology
  • Internship - Baylor University Medical Center (2005-2006), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Georgetown University School of Medicine (2001-2005)

Clinical Focus

  • Pain Management

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