Critical Care Medicine

The Division of Critical Care Medicine (CCM) is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art intensive care to critically ill children. The CCM attending physicians are involved either as primary physicians or as consultants on almost all patients admitted to the intensive care unit for a variety of multi-organ failure.

Conventional mechanical ventilation, high frequency ventilation, bedside fiberoptic bronchoscopy, and continuous venovenous hemofiltration with dialysis, are some of the interventions routinely performed. The staff has special expertise in managing patients with head injury, respiratory failure, septic shock and renal failure. Sedation service is also offered when requested for painful procedures. The Division of CCM is an integral part of patient care programs involving cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, trauma, and orthopaedic surgery.

The CCM division is strongly committed to departmental educational activities. An accredited fellowship program has been in place since 1978. Over the last 15 years, CCM fellows have had a 100 percent pass rate in the pediatric critical care medicine subspecialty board examination.

In the last 25 years, CCM faculty members have won a combined 22 teaching awards: nine Teacher of the Year awards, two President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, three Research Teacher of the Year Awards, seven School of Medicine College Teaching Awards, and one Leadership Award in Continuing Medical Education. The division faculty has established various educational conferences such as critical care education series, physiology lecture series, Journal Club, mock CPR sessions and research seminars. The faculty is active in giving grand rounds and other lectures at Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM), local institutions, national conferences, and scientific sessions abroad.

Research is an integral part of the divisional goals and mission. Both bench research and clinical research projects are ongoing. The divisional research interests include such diverse areas as sepsis and inflammatory mediators, acute respiratory distress syndrome, mechanical ventilation, targeted drug delivery via dendrimers, pediatric pharmacology research unit development, parental coping response to grief, nutrition in critically ill children and tissue engineering. Several residents and fellows have won research awards under the mentorship of CCM faculty at national scientific meetings.