David P. Nelson, MD, PhD

Director, Cardiac Intensive Care

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-1801

Fax 513-803-1821

Email david.nelson@cchmc.org

Clinical Interests

Neurodevelopmental outcomes; family-centered care; cardiopulmonary interactions; physiology of non-conventional circulations; endocrine abnormalities in cardiac intensive care; management of acute decompensated heart failure; cardio-renal syndrome; end of life care

Research Interests

Quality of life and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with acquired and congenital heart disease; etiology of adrenal dysfunction in cardiac intensive care; inflammatory organ system injury after congenital heart surgery

David P. Nelson, MD, PhD, completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital. He served as the co-director of Cardiac Intensive Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) from July 1996 to August 2005. In September of 2005, Dr. Nelson served as the director of Cardiac Intensive Care at Texas Children’s Hospital for four years before rejoining CCHMC as the director of Cardiac Intensive Care in 2009.

Dr. Nelson’s clinical interests include neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with acquired and congenital disease; family-centered care; cardiopulmonary interactions and the physiology of non-conventional circulations; endocrine abnormalities in cardiac intensive care; management of acute decompensated heart failure in children; cardio-renal syndrome and end of life care.

His research focuses on quality of life and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with acquired and congenital heart disease; etiology of adrenal dysfunction in cardiac intensive care; inflammatory organ system injury and congenital heart surgery.

PhD: University of Chicago, 1987

MD: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1989.

Residency: University of Washington-Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1989-1992.

Fellowship: Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital, 1992-1994.

Certification:  Pediatrics, 1992; Pediatric Cardiology, 1994; Pediatric Critical Care, 1998.

Moffett BS, McDade E, Rossano JW, Dickerson HA, Nelson DP. Enteral potassium supplementation in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit: Evaluation of a practice change. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 Feb 3.

Jefferies JL, Hoffman TM, Nelson DP. Heart failure treatment in the intensive care unit in children. Heart Fail Clin. 2010 Oct;6(4):531-58, ix-x. Review.

Carlo WF, Nelson DP. Inhaled nitric oxide improves oxygen saturation in children with pulmonary arteriovenous malformations after the Fontan procedure. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2010 Aug 5.

Giuliano JS Jr, Lahni PM, Bigham MT, Manning PB, Nelson DP, Wong HR, Wheeler DS. Plasma angiopoietin-2 levels increase in children following cardiopulmonary bypass. Intensive Care Med. 2008 Oct;34(10):1851-7.

Moffet, BS, AR Mott, DP Nelson, KD Gurwitch. Medication dosing and renal insufficiency in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit: impact of pharmacist consultation. Pediatr Cardiol. 2008 29(4):744-8.  

Wheeler DS, Dent CL, Manning PB, Nelson DP. Factors prolonging length of stay in the cardiac intensive care unit following the arterial switch operation. Cardiol Young. 2008 Feb;18(1):41-50.

Price JF, AR Mott, DP Nelson, AC Chang, E O'Brian Smith, JA Towbin, WJ Dreyer, SW Denfield, SL Goldstein. Worsening renal function in children hospitalized with decompensated heart failure: evidence for a pediatric cardiorenal syndrome. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2008 9(3):279-84. 

Moffett, BS, AR Mott, D.P. Nelson, SL Goldstein, JL Jefferies. Renal effects of fenoldopam in critically ill pediatric patients: A retrospective review. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2008 9(4):403-406. 

Rossano JW, MD Taylor, EO Smith, CD Fraser, Jr., ED McKenzie, JF Price, HA Dickerson, DP Nelson, AR Mott. Glycemic profile in infants who have undergone the arterial switch operation: Hyperglycemia is not associated with adverse events. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 135(4):739-45. 

Wheeler, DS, CL Dent, PB Manning, DP Nelson. Factors prolonging length of stay in the cardiac intensive care unit following the arterial switch operation. Cardiol Young. 2008 18(1):41-50. 

Wheeler, DS, JM Pearl, PB Manning, SM Schwartz, CL Dent, P Khoury, DP Nelson. Factors Prolonging Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Stay after neonatal congenital heart surgery. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2008 18(1):41-50.