Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

  • Meet the Team

    The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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    Department Head

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    Hector R. Wong, MD
    Director, Critical Care Medicine

    513-636-4259

    hector.wong@cchmc.org

    Hector R. Wong, MD

    Director, Critical Care Medicine

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Fax: 513-636-4267

    Email: hector.wong@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Critical care; sepsis
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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ, 1989.

    Residency: Department of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1990 to 1992.

    Fellowship: Clinical Fellow, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1992 to 1995; Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 1992 to 1995.

    Certification: National Board of Medical Examiners, 1990; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics, 1993; American Board of Pediatrics: Sub-Board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 1996.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Point of care center for emerging neurotechnologies. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2007 - Jun 2012. #U54 EB007954.

    The pediatric sepsis biomarker risk model. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Oct 2009 - Sep 2012. #RC1 HL100474.

    Host response to trauma research training program. Co-program director. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2008 - Jun 2013. #T32 GM008478.

    The role of PPARγ and PPARγ agonists in septic shock. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2008 - Jun 2013. #RO1 GM067202.

    PPARγ in pediatric sepsis and the inflammatory response in obesity. Co-Mentor. National Institutes of Health. Jun 2010 - May 2014.

    MMP-8 as a novel therapeutic target in sepsis. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2011 - Mar 2015.

    Clinical Director

    Derek Wheeler, MD, FAAP, FCCP, FCCM

    Associate Chief of Staff

    Attending Physician

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Fax: 513-636-4267

    Email: derek.wheeler@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Quality improvement and patient safety, high reliability organizations, sepsis and acute kidney injury.

    Education and Training

    Masters of Medical Management: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013.

    MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1994.

    Intern: Department of Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 1994-1995.

    Residency: Department of Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 1995-1997.

    Fellowship: Division of Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2003.

    Certification: Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1995; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics, 1997, 2004; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics: Sub-Board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2004 .

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    Faculty

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    Raj K. Basu, MD
    Co-Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology

    513-636-4259

    rajit.basu@cchmc.org

    Raj K. Basu, MD

    Co-Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Fax: 513-636-4267

    Email: rajit.basu@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric critical care; acute kidney injury; ethics/end-of-life care

    Biography

    Dr. Basu arrived at Cincinnati Children's after completing his residency and fellowship training at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The focus of his research efforts thus far have been in increasing the appreciation for the impact of acute kidney injury (AKI) on critical illness. In addition to his research and publication efforts, Dr. Basu has been actively involved in the fellowship program coordinating numerous lectures, an ethics curriculum, and mentoring residents/fellows. He also currently sits on the hospital action committees dedicated to improving the care of status asthmaticus and status epilepticus.

    Education and Training

    MD: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN 2003

    Residency: Pediatrics, Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 2003-2006

    Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 2006-2009

    Certifications: Pediatrics, 2006; Critical Care, 2010

    Publications

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    Ranjit S. Chima, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Fax: 513-636-4267

    Email: ranjit.chima@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Critical Illness following stem cell transplantation; extracorporeal life support; venous thromboembolism; critical Illness hyperglycemia

    Education and Training

    MBBS: Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India, 1996.

    MD: Pediatrics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, 1999.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, 1996-1999; Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, 2001-2004.

    Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, 2004-2007.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2004; Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2008

    Publications

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    Grants

    Heart and Lung Failure-Pediatric Insulin Titration Trial. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). July 2012-present.

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    Lesley A. Doughty, MD
    Physician, Division of Critical Care Medicine

    513-636-4259

    lesley.doughty@cchmc.org

    Lesley A. Doughty, MD

    Physician, Division of Critical Care Medicine

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Fax: 513-636-4267

    Email: lesley.doughty@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Sepsis; multiple organ failure; viral immunomodulation

    Education and Training

    MD: Dartmouth Medical School.

    Residency: Tripler Army Medical Center.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    Publications

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    Jennifer M. Kaplan, MD, MS

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Email: jennifer.kaplan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Intensive care; respiratory failure; multi-organ failure; sepsis; trauma; inflammation; obesity; PPARg

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    Biography

    My long-term career goal is to improve the outcomes of critically ill children. I began my research career in fellowship studying sepsis, driven by the realization that there are few clinical therapies that improve outcomes in critically ill children with severe infections. I focused on the nuclear receptor PPARg as a potential target to alter the sepsis-induced inflammatory state. PPARg is a nuclear receptor with effects on lipid and glucose metabolism, atherosclerosis and inflammation. I elected to extend my fellowship a fourth year to complete training in molecular epidemiology and the Master of Science program at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. I received grant funding from the Translational Research Initiative and the NIH K12 Child Health Research Career Development Award at Cincinnati Children's to investigate the alteration of PPARg in peripheral blood cells from children with sepsis. I am a recipient of an NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08).

    Education and Training

    MS: Epidemiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

    BA: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Orlando Regional Healthcare, Orlando, FL.

    Certification: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatrics.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Pioglitazone in Adolescents with Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock. Institutional Award Recipient. CCTST Junior T1 Pilot Award. Jun 2011-May 2012.

    PPAR gamma in pediatric sepsis and the inflammatory response in obesity. Principal Investigator. NIH-K08GM093135. Apr 2010-Mar 2014.


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    Sue E. Poynter, MD, MEd
    Co-Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    513-636-4259

    sue.poynter@cchmc.org

    Sue E. Poynter, MD, MEd

    Co-Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    Medical Director, Respiratory Care

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Fax: 513-636-4259

    Email: sue.poynter@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Graduate medical education; acute lung injury/ARDS

    Education and Training

    MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1997.

    Residency/Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

    Fellowship: Critical Care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care.

    MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.

    Publications

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    Erika L. Stalets, MD
    Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

    513-636-4259

    erika.stalets@cchmc.org

    Erika L. Stalets, MD

    Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Fax: 513-636-4267

    Email: erika.stalets@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Critically ill and injured children; sepsis; multi-organ dysfunction; Quality improvement and patient safety

    Education and Training

    MD: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, 1997-2001.

    Residency: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, 2001-2005.

    Chief Residency: Pediatrics. LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, 2005-2006.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006-2009.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2005; Sub-Board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2010; American Board of Internal Medicine, 2005.


    Ken Tegtmeyer, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Fax: 513-636-4267

    Email: ken.tegtmeyer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Shock; sepsis; respiratory failure; head trauma; mechanical ventilation; multimedia medical education

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1992.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, 1995.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, 1998.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1996; Pediatric Critical Care, 2000, 2007.

    Publications

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    Brian M. Varisco, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2485

    Email: brian.varisco@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Lung development; lung fibroblast biology; chronic lung disease / bronchopulmonary dysplasia

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    Education and Training

    MD: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 2004.

    Residency: Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.

    Fellowship: Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2008; Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2011.

    Publications

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    Basilia Zingarelli, MD, PhD
    Director, Basic Science Research

    513-636-8704

    basilia.zingarelli@cchmc.org

    Basilia Zingarelli, MD, PhD

    Director, Basic Science Research

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8704

    Email: basilia.zingarelli@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Sepsis; trauma; hemorrhagic shock and ischemia and reperfusion injury.
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    Biography

    Basilia Zingarelli, MD, PhD, came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1995 as a post-doctoral research fellow in Critical Care Medicine. She joined the faculty in 1997.

    Dr. Zingarelli graduated from the Medical School of the University of Messina in Italy in 1990. She also obtained a doctorate in experimental medicine in 1997 and attended a residency in medical toxicology at the University of Messina from 1990 to 1992.

    Dr. Zingarelli now directs the basic science research in the Division of Critical Care Medicine. She directs an NIH-funded research laboratory focused on the pathogenetic mechanisms of organ injury during sepsis, trauma and hemorrhage and coordinates basic science and clinical translational research projects related to other critical care conditions.

    Dr. Zingarelli serves on the Executive Council of the Shock Society, a well-established international association of clinical and research scientists in the field of shock and trauma, and serves as associate editor for the journal Shock. She also serves as permanent and ad hoc member on a number of study sections at the National Institutes of Health.

    Education and Training

    MD: School of Medicine, University of Messina, Italy, 1990.

    PhD: Experimental Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Messina, Italy, 1997.

    Residency: Medical Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Messina, Italy, 1990-1992.

    Certification: General Medicine (Italian), 1990.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Role of Eicosanoids In Shock. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2008 - Jun 2012. #R01 GM 027673.

    Mechanisms of Age-Related Inflammatory Response in Hemorrhagic Shock. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2007 - Aug 2012. #R01 AG 027990.

    Host response to trauma research training program. Faculty/mentor. National Institutes of Health (T32 GM08478). Jul 2003-Jun 2013.

    Interferon-mediated reprogramming of Toll-like receptor signaling. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2008 - Jun 2013. #R01 GM085063.

    Role of PPARgamma and PPARgamma Agonists in Septic Shock. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2008 - Jun 2013. #R01 GM 067202.

    MMP-8 as a novel therapeutic target in sepsis. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2011 - Jun 2015. #R01 GM096994.