Critical Care Medicine
Our division is founded around a team committed to excellence in patient care, research, and training. Our faculty members work collaboratively with pediatric specialists throughout the hospital to provide a coordinated approach to care. We also conduct leading-edge research, offer fellowship training opportunities, and provide outreach programs to the community.
The Pediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU) is a 42-bed unit that provides highly specialized care for critically ill children. The Children's Hospital is a major referral center for various pediatric subspecialties including pediatric trauma, organ transplantation, cardiothoracic surgery and burns. In addition, the PCCU supports an ECMO unit, a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a Rapid Response Team, and a Pediatric Sedation Service.
Our division is also proud to be associated with Vanderbilt LifeFlight, one of the highest-rated and busiest critical care air medical transport services in the country. LifeFlight has a dedicated helipad on the roof of the Children's Hospital.
Under the guidance of our board-certified faculty, our division has an active clinical and basic science research program. This program is a product of the strong collaborative efforts between members of the division and the rich research environment present at Children's Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Our goal is to create an environment of collegial scholarship and apprenticeship for trainees in pediatric critical care medicine that fosters learning and growth for both fellows and faculty. Within this environment, we promote the development of empathy, respect, professionalism, scholarly inquiry, clinical excellence, and effective leadership as traits essential to practitioners of pediatric critical care medicine.