Division of Pediatric Critical Care | NYU Langone Health

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Division of Pediatric Critical Care

Specialists in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at NYU Langone Health deliver high-quality, innovative, family-centered care for children with acute and life-threatening diseases or injuries. Division members provide critical care services in general pediatrics, general surgery, neurosurgery, trauma, orthopedics, otolaryngology, and craniofacial disorders.

Pediatric critical care specialists in the division provide comprehensive medical and surgical treatment for a wide variety of critical illnesses, including respiratory failure, sepsis, seizures, and status epilepticus, and postoperative care for a broad array of surgical procedures.

Division experts provide state-of-the-art technological and medical support for cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurologic failure. This includes invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation, high-frequency ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), bedside ultrasound, and 24-hour video electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring.

Clinical services are provided in two locations: the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street, and the PICU at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. At Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street, a 20-bed unit is staffed by board-certified and board-eligible pediatric critical care physicians, as well as physician assistants, with in-house coverage provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Medical oversight of the transport of all pediatric patients to and from Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street is also provided.

The multidisciplinary PICU team also includes registered nurses trained in critical care, transport nurses, respiratory therapists, pediatric pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, speech–language pathologists, nutritionists, social workers, and child life specialists.

In addition, the division trains residents to care for critically ill children, recognizing disease severity and stabilizing and treating critical illness. We also train the future generation of pediatric intensivists through our Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–accredited fellowship with a robust educational curriculum and strong mentorship. Continuing medical education offerings include the Pediatric Intensive, Cardiac, and Neonatal Intensive Care Collaborative Conference, a one-day course that emphasizes the importance of collaboration and standardization of key practice principles across intensive care units.

Faculty in the division also contribute to advancing the field of critical care through research endeavors in areas such as medical education, simulation, clinical reasoning skills and evaluation of critically ill patients, ultrasound education, pharmacokinetics, palliative care, and patient safety.

Division Leadership

Sharon Calaman, MD
Director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care
Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Pediatrics

Laura Santos, MD
Associate Director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care

Ami Shah, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Heda Marie R. Dapul, MD
Medical Director, PICU at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone

Logi Rajagopalan, MD
Medical Director, PICU at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

Lauren Paletti, MPA
Division Administrator

Division Faculty

Sharon Calaman, MD
Arun Chopra, MD
Heda Marie R. Dapul, MD
Daniel Eidman, MD
Kelley Groves, MD
Denise Hasson, MD
Claire M. Hennigan, MD
Benjamin W. Johnston, MD
Gwynne Latimer, MD
Logi Rajagopalan, MD
Michelle M. Ramirez, MD
Laura Santos, MD
Ami Shah, MD
Jennifer Van Helmond, MD
Christine A. Zawistowski, MD