Clinical Programs and Services

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine provides services for all critically ill or injured infants, children and adolescents admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of N.C. Children’s Hospital.

Our division works collaboratively with all other pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties in the care of our patients. In 2012 more than 1000 critically ill children from across North Carolina and the Southeast were admitted to our 20 private bed unit with a variety of life-threatening medical and surgical conditions necessitating advanced therapies including:

  • Pediatric trauma resuscitation and management;
  • Congenital heart surgery;
  • Solid organ transplant;
  • Bone marrow transplant;
  • Renal replacement therapies;
  • Extracorporeal life support; and
  • Advanced modes of ventilation including high frequency oscillatory ventilation.

Our division also works closely with the burn center to provide care for our pediatric burn patients.

Our division includes nine faculty board certified in pediatric critical care with additional faculty that are dual certified in pediatric cardiology. The faculty represents a wide variety of interests and assorted backgrounds, each bringing a unique perspective to the division and to patient care.

Our division is also enhanced by our five fellows who are part of a robust program under the direction of Benny Joyner, MD.

Our faculty is very involved in the department.

  • Cherissa Hanson, MD serves Director of the Pediatric Rapid Response System, the first of its kind in North Carolina.
  • Benny Joyner, MD and Afsaneh Pirzadeh, MD are co-physician leaders for the Pediatric Schwartz Rounds, the first pediatric rounds established in North Carolina to provide staff support.
  • Four members of our faculty, Tina Schade Willis, MD, Cherissa Hanson, MD, Benny Joyner, MD and Afsaneh Pirzadeh, MD have taken the initiative of becoming TeamSTEPPS™ Master Trainers. They have implemented this training throughout the division and in many other departments in the hospital in an effort to encourage communication, improve patient care and enhance the teamwork environment.
  • Jenny Boyd, MD, Katie Clement, MD and Tina Schade Willis, MD are actively involved in developing new clinical pathways, establishing new clinical protocols and heading all of the quality improvement efforts.
  • Umesh Joashi, MBBS is involved in improving our ECMO program and introducing new technologies to UNC in an effort to continue to provide the best care available for our little patients.

For more on individual faculty members, visit our Meet the Team page.

You can learn more about the clinical services and programs offered through our division on the N.C. Children's Hospital website.