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Ranjit Chima, MD, FAAP

  • Medical Director, Division of Critical Care
  • Medical Director, Destination Excellence
  • Attending Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I believe in listening to families and patients. I treat patients for who they are, no matter their diagnosis or disease.



As a pediatric critical care specialist, I care for children in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

I believe in listening to families and patients. I treat patients for who they are, no matter their diagnosis or disease.

My interest in taking care of the sickest children inspired me to work in critical care and the ICU. I am a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric intensivist with more than 10 years of experience working in the Cincinnati Children’s PICU.

I focus my work on patient care, clinical research, quality improvement and administration.

I have special interests in caring for patients with:

  • Acute kidney injury (AKI)
  • Critical illness after a stem cell transplant
  • Extracorporeal life support (ECLS)
  • Pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

I am active in clinical research. I serve as the site principal investigator/co-investigator for multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored clinical studies. My quality improvement efforts focus on leading Cincinnati Children’s work in mitigating hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism (blood clots).

At Cincinnati Children’s, I hold multiple leadership roles. I am the medical director of the Destination Excellence International Patient Program which coordinates referrals and care for international patients. I'm the associate medical director of the PICU, and co-director of the Center for Acute Care Nephrology and the extracorporeal life support (ECLS) program.

I also serve as an associate professor in the Division of Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

In my free time I love to cook and golf.

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: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2004-2007.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2004, 2014; Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2008.


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

Services and Specialties

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit PICU



Research Areas

Critical Care

Additional Languages

Hindi, Punjabi


A risk-stratified assessment of biomarker-based acute kidney injury phenotypes in children. Stanski, NL; Krallman, KA; Chima, RS; Goldstein, SL. Pediatric Research. 2022.

Integration of the Renal Angina Index and Urine Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin Improves Severe Acute Kidney Injury Prediction in Critically Ill Children and Young Adults. Goldstein, SL; Krallman, KA; Kirby, C; Roy, JP; Collins, M; Fox, K; Schmerge, A; Wilder, S; Gerhardt, B; Chima, R; et al. Kidney International Reports. 2022; 7:1842-1849.

Comparative Effectiveness of Diversion of Cerebrospinal Fluid for Children With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Bell, MJ; Rosario, BL; Kochanek, PM; Adelson, PD; Morris, KP; Au, AK; Schober, M; Butt, W; Edwards, RJ; Zimmerman, J; et al. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5.

Transplantation-Associated Thrombotic Microangiopathy Risk Stratification: Is There a Window of Opportunity to Improve Outcomes?. Jodele, S; Dandoy, CE; Sabulski, A; Koo, J; Lane, A; Myers, KC; Wallace, G; Chima, RS; Teusink-Cross, A; Hirsch, R; et al. Transplantation and cellular therapy. 2022; 28:392.e1-392.e9.

Flexible Bronchoscopy in Pediatric Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Rosner, EA; L Parker, J; Vandenberg, C; Bridges, BC; Kilbaugh, TJ; Bembea, MM; Chima, RS; Potera, RM; Sandhu, HS; Barbaro, RP; et al. Respiratory Care. 2022; 67:688-693.

Comparison of Intracranial Pressure Measurements Before and After Hypertonic Saline or Mannitol Treatment in Children With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Kochanek, PM; Adelson, PD; Rosario, BL; Hutchison, J; Miller Ferguson, N; Ferrazzano, P; O'Brien, N; Beca, J; Sarnaik, A; LaRovere, K; et al. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5.

Assessment of a Situation Awareness Quality Improvement Intervention to Reduce Cardiac Arrests in the PICU. Dewan, M; Soberano, B; Sosa, T; Zackoff, M; Hagedorn, P; Brady, PW; Chima, RS; Stalets, EL; Moore, L; Britto, M; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2022; 23:4-12.

Tracheostomy and long-term mechanical ventilation in children after veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Mallory, PP; Barbaro, RP; Bembea, MM; Bridges, BC; Chima, RS; Kilbaugh, TJ; Potera, RM; Rosner, EA; Sandhu, HS; Slaven, JE; et al. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2021; 56:3005-3012.

Performance of an Electronic Decision Support System as a Therapeutic Intervention During a Multicenter PICU Clinical Trial: Heart and Lung Failure-Pediatric Insulin Titration Trial (HALF-PINT). Hirshberg, EL; Alexander, JL; Asaro, LA; Coughlin-Wells, K; Steil, GM; Spear, D; Stone, C; Nadkarni, VM; Agus, MS D; Wypij, D; et al. Chest. 2021; 160:919-928.

Improvement in Health-Related Quality of Life After Community Acquired Pediatric Septic Shock. Pinto, NP; Berg, RA; Zuppa, AF; Newth, CJ; Pollack, MM; Meert, KL; Hall, MW; Quasney, M; Sapru, A; Carcillo, JA; et al. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2021; 9.

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