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Critical Care

Department of Pediatrics

The pediatric critical care specialists at the University of Miami are renowned for their expertise in mechanical ventilation, respiratory and cardiac failure, traumatic brain injury, trauma care and injury prevention, multiple organ dysfunction, postoperative cardiac care, palliative care and procedural sedation. Their excellent care is supported by a 30-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, (PICU) a 3-bed Pediatric Special Procedure Room, and a 6-bed Pediatric Intake and Recovery Area within Holtz Children’s Hospital. The PICU is the hub for the care of all critically sick and injured children from birth to 22 years of age. The unit consistently outperforms national averages in areas like catheter-associated blood stream infection rates. The PICU supports a vast array of pediatric surgical specialties including cardiothoracic surgery and organ transplantation. Trauma and burn patients are admitted directly to the PICU. 

The comprehensive PICU team is comprised of:

  • Pediatric Critical Care Physicians
  • Critical Care Nurses
  • Critical Care Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Social Workers
  • Child Psychologists
  • Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Specialists
  • Pastoral Care
  • Family Representatives

All physicians in the division are board-certified/eligible in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) and are members of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. The intensivists consistently are listed in Best Doctors in America and Florida Super Doctors. Members of the Division frequently are honored by the pediatric residents for faculty and fellow teaching awards. The collaborative efforts of the physician and nurse leaders ensure that compassionate family-centered care is provided at all times.

G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division Chief, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine of Clinical Pediatrics