Critical Care Medicine

Faculty

Steven G. Kernie, MD

Academic Title(s):

Director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology and Cell Biology

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: sk3516@columbia.edu

Education

  • Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, M.D.

Postgraduate Training

  • Pediatric Resident, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Pediatric Chief Resident, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Interests/Specialties

  • Neurocritical care
  • Neural stem cells
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Fellowship training
  • Translational research

Learn more about Dr. Kernie

Dr. Kernie's primary research interest is in understanding mechanisms of repair following acquired brain injuries due to trauma, lack of oxygen, and stroke. He has developed a variety of genetic tools in mice that have established a role for endogenous neural stem cells in recovery of memory following brain trauma. His lab is currently focused on identifying drugs that might improve recovery by stimulating these stem cells and identifying the underlying molecular mechanisms that mediate this response. For more information: http://pathology.columbia.edu/research/basic_science.shtml

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Danielle Ahn, MD

Academic Title(s):

Instructor, Department of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 342-1193
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: dsa2120@columbia.edu, dsa9003@nyp.org

Education

  • University of Rochester, BA, 2002
  • University of Virginia, MD, 2006

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and Resident, Pediatrics, New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, 2006-2009
  • Fellow, Division of Critical Care Medicine in Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, 2010-2013

Interests/Specialties

  • Host response to bacterial infection

Learn more about Dr. Ahn

Dr. Danielle Ahn is in her last year of clinical fellowship and is interested in basic science research. She has focused her research efforts on the host response to Staphyloccocal Pneumonia, specifically the cytokines involved in T-cell recruitment in the early innate immune response.

 

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Linda Aponte-Patel, MD

Academic Title(s):

Associate Fellowship Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: la2423@columbia.edu

Education

  • CUNY Brooklyn College, BS, 2002
  • SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, MD, 2006

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and Resident, Pediatrics, New York University Medical Center, 2006-2009
  • Chief Resident in Pediatrics, New York University Medical Center, 2009-2010
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care, Columbia University Medical Center, 2010-2013

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the Year nominee, Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, July 2011-June 2012
  • Columbia University Department of Surgery Start-up Grant, 2011-2012
  • Fellow of the Year nominee, Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, July 2010-June 2011
  • Chief Resident, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, July 2009-June 2010
  • AAP Community Pediatrics Training Initiative-Resident Grantee, 2008

Interests/Specialties

  • Post-graduate medical education
  • Pediatric cardiac critical care
  • Use of biventricular pacing in post-operative clients

Learn more about Dr. Aponte-Patel

During her Pediatric Critical Care training, Dr. Aponte-Patel was a research fellow in Dr. Henry Spotnitz' lab. She was a co-investigator in various studies including:

  • Pediatric Cardiac Allografting for Right Ventricular Failure: Feasibility study of biventricular intra-operative pacing in pediatric heart transplant recipients for acute right ventricular failure.
  • Multisite Ventricular Pacing after Single Ventricle Palliation: Study examining the us of multisite ventricular pacing post-operatively in patients undergoing single ventricle palliation.
  • Biventricular Pacing After Cardiac Surgery: Five-year RO1 funded study examining the use of optimized temporary epicardial biventricular pacing int the treatment of post-operative.

     

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John Scott Baird, MD

Academic Title(s):

Transport Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Critical Care Unit, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: jsb106@columbia.edu

Education

  • University of California Irvine, B.A. and B.S., 1973
  • California State University Humboldt, M.S., 1976
  • Columbia University, M.D., 1985

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and resident, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, 1986-1990
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care, New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, 1994-1997

Interests/Specialties

  • Continuous renal replacement therapy in children
  • Respiratory failure in children
  • Pediatric pulmonary embolus

Learn more about Dr. Baird

Dr. Baird is engaged in several clinical research projects involving renal replacement therapy in critically-ill children, as well as some aspects of the acute respiratory distress syndrome and diabetic ketoacidosis in the PICU. He has been involved in clinical research focused on spinal muscular atrophy, cystic fibrosis, and pediatric transport medicine.

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Katherine Biagas, MD FCCM FAAP

Academic Title(s):

Associate Director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Simulation Program, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: kb316@columbia.edu

Education

  • University of Chicago, AB, 1982
  • University of Pittsburgh, MD, 1986

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and Resident, Pediatrics, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center, 1986-1989
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1989-1992

Awards and Honors:

  • Gender Equity Teaching Award, American Medical Women’s Association and the Medical School Class of 2002, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Putting Patients First Award, New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Presidential Citation, Society of Critical Care Medicine – awarded 3 times
  • Pediatric Chief Residents’ Appreciation Award, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

Interests/Specialties

  • Postgraduate medical education
  • Neurocritical care medicine
  • Expertise in functional outcomes of children with critical neurologic injury
  • Expertise in critical illness associated hyperglycemia
  • Educational programs and curriculum development using simulation training

Learn more about Dr. Biagas

Dr. Biagas is an Associate Professor in Clinical Pediatrics and is the Associate Director of the Division and the Director of the Fellowship training program in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Biagas' interests are in post-graduate medical education, clinical critical care, and research. She is the Associate Medical Director of Simulation Center for the New York Presbyterian Hospital. She has particular expertise in ECMO; the care of children with heart disease, trauma, or solid organ and stem cell transplantation; and neurocritical care. Her research interest is in neurodevelopmental functioning after critical illness-induced hyperglycemia. Dr. Biagas has served on numerous regional, national, and international committees concerned with issues in clinical medicine and medical education. Dr. Biagas has published widely in the field.

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Joshua Cappell, MD, PhD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8366
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: jc1430@columbia.edu

Education

  • New York University, B.A., Physics 1990
  • New York University, Ph.D., Neuroscience and Physiology, 2003
  • New York University, M.D., 1998

Postgraduate Training

  • Internship: Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY 1998-9
  • Residency: Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY 1999-2000
  • Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center 2001-2
  • Clinical Fellowship: Pediatric Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center 2002-4
  • Clinical Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, Columbia University Medical Center 2008-11

Awards and Honors:

  • Stephen Q. Shaffer Award for Humanism in Neurology, Neurological Inst.of NY, 2007
  • Wortis Prize for Excellence in Neurology and Psychiatry, NYU School of Med., 1998
  • Samuel F.B. Morse Medal for Achievement in Physics, New York University, 1990

Interests/Specialties

  • Pediatric NeuroCritical Care
  • Neuromonitoring and Neuroelectrophysiology
  • Neurologic Aspects of Systemic Pediatric Illnesses

Learn more about Dr. Cappell

Dr. Cappell is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Neurology and serves as an Asst. Attending Physician in both the Divisions of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and of Child Neurology. His interests, both clinically and as regards research, concern the intersections of these 2 fields: Neurologic aspects of critical illness in children both in primary neurologic diseases and neurologic morbidity of systemic diseases.

Dr. Cappell's research focuses on improving methods for detecting changes in neurologic status in critically ill children so as to allow intervention before irreversible dysfunction has ensued. Tools for this include quantitative analysis of electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings from ICU patients.

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Dennis Coffey, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: dc2332@columbia.edu

Education

  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ

Postgraduate Training

  • Pediatric Residency, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Critical Care Fellowship, New York Hospital, Cornell University, New York, NY

Interests/Specialties

  • Renal replacement in multi-organ failure
  • Lung protective ventilation strategies
  • Delivery of pediatric critical care in the community hospital setting

Learn more about Dr. Coffey

Dr. Coffey is also Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. He served as President for the New York Society of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Prior research activities have included basic science projects in novel cancer therapeutic agents, as well as clinical applications of renal replacement therapy and lung protective ventilation strategies.

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Jeffrey Edwards, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-9764
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: jde2134@columbia.edu

Education

  • Georgetown University, A.B., 1997
  • Boston College, M.A. (bioethics), 1998
  • Harvard Medical School, M.D., 2003
  • University of California, San Francisco, M.A.S. (clinical research), 2012

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and resident, Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, 2003-2006 (included 6 month elective with the Pediatric Complex Care Service to gain additional experience caring for medically complex children)
  • Fellow, Leadership Education in Neuro- developmental Disabilities, 2005-2006
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 2006-2009

Interests/Specialties

  • Children with complex chronic conditions and technology-dependence
  • Home mechanical ventilation
  • Bioethics
  • Health services and outcomes research

Awards and Honors:

  • Hollis L. Albright, MD ’31 Award, Harvard Medical School
  • Award for Excellence in Research, Department of Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Pediatric Critical Care Scientist Development Program (PCCSDP) Scholar
  • Jane Addams Award for Social Justice, UCSF Social Work Department

Learn more about Dr. Edwards

Dr. Jeffrey Edwards is a pediatric intensivist with a special interest in the care of children with complex chronic conditions (CCC). Children with CCC are a subset of children with special health care needs who are particularly medically fragile due to multi-system morbidity and/or dependence on chronic medical technology. The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is an important locus of care for these children. Dr. Edwards’ research involves investigating the utilization, delivery, quality, costs, and outcomes of healthcare with the goal of improving these services for children with CCC. His other academic interest—bioethics—complements his focus on critical care and children with CCC.

George Hardart, MD, MPH

Academic Title(s):

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics at CUMC
Director, Pediatric Clinical Bioethics

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: gh2115@columbia.edu

Education

  • Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  • Masters in Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

  • Anesthesia Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Pediatric Residency, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, MD
  • Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston, MA
  • Health Care Services Research Fellowship, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship in Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
  • Fellowship in Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Interests/Specialties

  • Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Medical ethics
  • Ethics of organ transplantation
  • Family interests in medical decision-making
  • Clinical epidemiology

Learn more about Dr. Hardart

Dr. Hardart has published on a range of clinical issues related to pediatric critical care, including intracranial hemorrhage in ECMO patients, shock in pediatric cardiac surgery, and post-pyloric feeding in critically ill children. He is a medical ethicist who chairs the Pediatric Ethics Committee and runs the Pediatric Ethics Consult Service. His primary research focus is in both theoretical and clinical bioethics, particularly related to ethical issues in critical care, medical decision-making, and organ transplantation.

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R. Stanley Hum, MD FRCPC

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: rsh2117@columbia.edu

Education

  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, BASc, 1995
  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, MD, 1999
  • Columbia University, New York, USA, MA, 2009

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and resident, Pediatrics, Baystate Medical Center, Springfied, MA, USA 1999-2002
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada 2002-2004
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, 2004-2005

Interests/Specialties

  • Biomedical informatics in pediatric critical care medicine
  • Handover communications in PICU
  • Clinical decision support tools
  • New media for education

Learn more about Dr. Hum

Dr. Hum's interest is in the use of biomedical informatics and biomedical engineering principles and techniques as applied to diseases and treatments in pediatric critical care medicine. In addition, he supervises the implementation and functioning of VPS (VPICUs Performance System) which allows the pediatric critical care unit to apply benchmarks in a risk-adjusted manner to compare Division performance nationally. He also serves as the pediatric critical care medicine 4th year medical student clerkship coordinator.

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E. Heidi Jerome, MD

Academic Title(s):

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at CUMC
Medical Director, Sedation Service, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: ej91@columbia.edu

Education

  • Williams College, Williamstown, MA
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Postgraduate Training

  • Anesthesia Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Pediatric Residency, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Interests/Specialties

  • Lung injury
  • Lung edema

Marilyn Morris, MD, MPH

Academic Title(s):

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: mcm2113@columbia.edu

Education

  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1992
  • Tufts University, MD, 1997
  • Columbia University, MPH, 2006

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and resident in Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital 1997-2000
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 2000-2003

Interests/Specialties

  • Informed consent for pediatric research in emergency settings
  • Ethics of non-therapeutic research involving children

Learn more about Dr. Morris

Dr. Morris serves as chair of Columbia University Medical Center Institutional Review Board #1, and her research focuses on informed consent for pediatric research. Her areas of research include the use of exception from informed consent for pediatric resuscitation research, parental perceptions of risk in clinical research, and optimal consent procedures for minimal risk research.

Other interests include optimal delivery of pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of induced hypothermia to minimize brain injury following pediatric cardiac arrest.

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Thyyar Ravindranath, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212)305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: tr2148@columbia.edu

Education

  • Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India, MBBS, 1976
  • Kilpauk Medical College, MS (General Surgery), 1980

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern & resident, Pediatrics, Cook County Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL. 1981-1984
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX. 1984-1986

Awards and Honors:

  • 2009, Physician of the year award nominee, Morgan Staley Children’s Hospital

Interests/Specialties

  • Inflammation
  • Sepsis
  • Critical Care nutrition

Learn more about Dr. Ravindranath

Dr. Ravindranath has worked in sepsis research over the past 15 years. Research interest includes the role of aldo-ketoreductase in polymicrobial sepsis induced lung inflammation and cerebral mitochondrial dysfunction following systemic inflammatory response in mice. Also involved in studying the adaptive immunological responses in infants and children following viral lower respiratory tract inflammation.

Anita I. Sen, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: ais13@columbia.edu

Education

  • Yale College, BS 1995
  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD 2001

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and Resident in Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital, 2001-2004
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 2005-2008

Interests/Specialties

  • Acute lung injury
  • Resident education
  • Pediatric emergency response systems
  • Rare lung diseases

Learn more about Dr. Sen

Dr. Sen is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics whose research includes the following: she studies the prevention of acute lung injury in rodents, as well as markers for the detection of rare lung diseases. She is interested in quality improvement, especially as it pertains to pediatric emergency responses. She also serves as the director of the Mock Code program for the pediatric residents.

Arthur Smerling, MD

Academic Title(s):

Medical Director, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: ajs8@columbia.edu

Education

  • Yeshiva University, New York, NY
  • University Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Postgraduate Training

  • Anesthesia Residency, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Pediatric Residency, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Hospital Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Fellowship, The Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Interests/Specialties

  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Treatment of pulmonary hypertension in the Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit

Learn more about Dr. Smerling

Dr. Smerling in the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular ICU and Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy

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Patrick T. Wilson MD, MPH

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-8458
Fax: (212) 342-2293
Email: ptw2107@columbia.edu

Education

  • College of Charleston, BS, 1998
  • Johns Hopkins, MPH, 2002
  • Medical University of South Carolina, MD, 2003

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and Resident in Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, 2003-2006
  • Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, 2006-2009
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 2009-2012

Awards and Honors:

  • SCCM Research Citation Finalist 2012
  • NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program Recipient 2011-2013
  • Columbia Pediatric Fellow Best Clinical Research Award 2012
  • Columbia Pediatric Fellow of the Year Nominee 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Physician of the Year, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital 2010

Interests/Specialties

  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • International Health
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Tropical Medicine

Learn more about Dr. Wilson

Dr. Wilson’s primary research interest is the use of non-invasive positive pressure for children with acute heterogeneous respiratory distress in low-income regions of the world. He has designed and implemented a successful protocol to educate health care providers on early recognition, treatment, and monitoring of patients with moderate to severe respiratory distress in a resource-limited region of the world. He is dually trained in Pediatric Infectious Disease and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and has an interest in the interactions of severe infections (pneumonia, severe malaria, sepsis) with respiratory distress and their clinical outcomes.

Dr. Wilson is also interested in improving the quality and raising the standards of international health research. He feels strongly that a majority of current research programs do not target the pediatric populations that suffer from the highest mortality and morbidity throughout the world. He has an interest in exposing medical trainees to quality and meaningful research and clinical experiences in developing countries.