The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine is a dynamic and engaged division offering students and residents education and training in diverse topics related to critical care. Our work is dedicated to providing clinical excellence; establishing and participating in innovative research and discovery; and training the next generation of leaders in the field of Critical Care Medicine.
The 16 faculty members support a full-spectrum Pediatric ICU program through the partnership with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s), exposing residents and medical students to many areas of critical care, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), Neurocritical Care, Multidisciplinary Care, Solid Organ and Stem Cell Transplant, Renal Replacement Therapy, Transitional Care.
Each year, up to four candidates are accepted for our three-year ACGME-accredited Critical Care Medicine fellowship. In addition, a one-year advanced fellowship is available in the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program, shared by Neurology and Critical Care Medicine. The match process is through ERAS and the National Resident Matching Program.
Faculty research is funded through multiple mechanisms including National Institutes on Health (NIH), Children's Research Center, National Palliative Care Research program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and internal Northwestern funding. Topic of research include:
Clinical research topics
- End-of-life care and decision making in the ICU
- Assessment tools for Palliative Care in the ICU
- Family Communication in the PICU
- Bereavement Needs in the PICU
Basic Science Research
- Determinants of Endothelial Permeability
- Determinants of Transendothelial Migration
- Tissue tropism and cardiac targets for T. cruzi
Translational research topics
- Transcriptome profiling of Pediatric Cardiac Stem Cells
- Adrenal Responsiveness in Children Undergoing Congenital Cardiac Surgery
- Quantification of Histone Deacetylase-2 activity in Pediatric ARDS
The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Lurie Children’s is a full-spectrum, tertiary care ICU unit, offering child patients in need of critical care the most effective treatments using the latest equipment in a modern facility. The Lurie Children’s PICU is one of the largest in the country, home to 40 PICU beds.
Zena Leah Harris, MD
Critical Care Medicine
For more information, contact the Department of Pediatrics Division of Critical Care Medicine.
Visit our fellowship page to learn more about advanced educational opportunities in the Division of Critical Care Medicine.