Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Critical Care Programs

The Cardiac Critical Care Program focuses on the care of children with congenital or acquired cardiac disease in a dedicated cardiac intensive care unit within the pediatric intensive care unit. The program cares for the full spectrum of heart disease as part of a multidisciplinary team with three cardiothoracic surgeons, including a fellow in congenital cardiovascular surgery, cardiac surgery advanced practice nurses, six dedicated cardiac intensivists, and cardiologists. The surgical program has over 400 cases annually.


Medical Surgical ICU

The interaction of medical and surgical staff is vital in our ICU environment.

Neurocritical Care Program

The neurocritical care program, lead by Dr. Mark Wainwright integrates the clinical, educational, and research programs focused on neurologic dysfunction in critically ill children. Our neurointensivists provide ICU-focused clinical care. This service also includes a specialty outpatient clinic for ongoing care of children after discharge from the ICU. The neurocritical care research program includes active bench investigations into traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic epilepsy, and cerebral ischemia and supports clinical trials in emerging therapies. There are research opportunities available for fellows who wish to work either the bench using in vivo and in vitro models of acute brain injury or to initiate clinical studies with supervision by a Faculty mentor. The neurocritical care program is closely integrated with other clinical research initiatives within the divisions of Neurology and Critical Care Medicine. These include Xenobase (link to CMRC page about this), a bioinformatics approach to pediatric critical care, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Pediatric Critical Illness and Injury. A fellowship in pediatric neurocritical care is offered by the divisions of Neurology and Critical Care (contact Dr. Wainwright for further details).


Pulmonary Habilitation Program

The Pulmonary Habilitation Program currently coordinates the care of more than 50 children at home on ventilator support. Services include the 6-bed inpatient Transitional Care Unit (TCU) and outpatient pulmonary and pulmonary habilitation clinics. The goal of the program is to return children to their homes and keep them as active as possible in family, school and community activities. Directed by Zehava Noah, MD, with assistance from dedicated advanced practice nurses and staff members from respiratory therapy, the pulmonary habilitation program is the largest of its kind in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation.


Transport Program

The transport program uses a dedicated team to bring over 1600 patients per year to Lurie Children's Hospital. Using principally ground or rotor wing, most patients come from a 200 mile radius, although transports from around the country are also performed.