Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship

The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship is based in the Division of Cardiology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, an academic affiliate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  This program has a rich history of training fellows in cardiac critical care since 1998. This one year fellowship has openings for two trainees each year.  The ideal candidates will be board certified in pediatrics and board certified/eligible in pediatric cardiology or pediatric critical care medicine.

Clinical Experience & Education

Training will include six-seven months on our cardiac ICU service.  For those with a critical care background, time will also be spent on rotations including cardiac imaging/echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, and heart failure/transplant.  For those from a cardiology background additional time will be spent in the PICU and with anesthesia. Fellows on either track will also have elective time to tailor focus in an area of their choosing.

Further educational opportunities will include an involved didactic series with topics dedicated to cardiac intensive care issues and an in-situ simulation-based curriculum to rehearse management strategies as well as teamwork and communication. We also conduct weekly Professor Rounds, which is a facilitated small group discussion on an interesting CICU Service patient.  In addition, there are weekly cardiovascular surgery care conferences, visiting professors, and opportunities to attend national meetings.


Participation in clinical research will be expected and supported. Clinical research interests of current CICU faculty are diverse and include bioinformatics, medical education & simulation, quality improvement & patient safety, perioperative clinical trials, quality of life, international health, neurodevelopmental outcomes, and outcomes research in neonates with critical congenital heart disease. 

Requirements & Eligibility

Applicants must be board certified in Pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics and must be board certified/eligible in either Pediatric Cardiology or Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and obtain an IL medical license.

Application Process

Interested individuals should forward a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to:
Mary E. McBride, MD
Director, CICU Senior Fellowship
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 21
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2605
Phone: 312.227.1551

Two letters of recommendation will also be asked of each applicant. Applications are typically called for in the Fall with interviews in the early Winter and selection no later than Spring.


Mary E. McBride, MD

Contact Information

Contact Information: Brittany Dixon
Fellowship Coordinator
Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue #21
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-227-5329
Fax: 312-227-9640

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.