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Welcome to Critical Care Medicine

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Critical Care Medicine provides inpatient clinical services at Children's Hospital Colorado, in Aurora, Colorado. 

  • We are recognized as one of the top pediatric critical care research programs nationally, with one of the highest levels of extramural funding within a critical care section.
  • The SCCOR Program entitled “Lung Vascular Diseases in Infants and Children: Mechanisms and Treatment” was one of only two programs funded in the U.S. to study pediatric pulmonary hypertension.
  • We are actively involved in national efforts to improve patient safety and promote quality improvement in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Please explore our Web site for more information, and contact us if you have any questions.

We provide care via an integrative approach, using the expertise of pediatric intensivists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, & other medical subspecialists. MORE »

We offer a variety of educational programs including a 3-year Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Children's Hospital MORE »

Our work includes research at the basic molecular and cellular levels, as well as translational biology and physiology studies. MORE »


  • Carol Okada, MD, who directs pediatric inpatient programs at Denver Health, will be our Affiliate Vice Chair for that institution.

  • Evgenia Gerasimovskaya, PhD, and colleges were acknowledged by the American Physiological Society​ (APS) for distinction in scholarship in the American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology for their article, “Glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation are essential for purinergic receptor-mediated angiogenic responses in vasa vasorum endothelial cells.”

  • Emily Dobyns, MD, received a 2016 Career Teaching Scholar Award from the Department of Pediatrics, CU SOM.​

  • Rachel Fisherkeller, PNP, (as part of the Orthopedic Spine Team), received the 2016 Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety Award from Children's Hospital Colorado. This award honors a multidisciplinary team in the hospital who has made an outstanding contribution to organizational performance improvement, patient safety and/or clinical outcomes.