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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.

Additional Languages

Hindi, Punjabi


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.

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.

Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Children With Cancer or Hematopoietic Cell Transplant: A Ten Center Cohort. Bridges, BC; Kilbaugh, TJ; Barbaro, RP; Bembea, MM; Chima, RS; Potera, RM; Rosner, EA; Sandhu, HS; Slaven, JE; Tarquinio, KM; et al. ASAIO Journal. 2021; 67:923-929.

Health-Related Quality of Life After Community-Acquired Septic Shock in Children With Preexisting Severe Developmental Disabilities. Meert, KL; Reeder, RW; Maddux, AB; Banks, R; Berg, RA; Newth, CJ; Hall, MW; Quasney, M; Carcillo, JA; McQuillen, PS; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2021; 22:e302-e313.

Efficacy of Early Prophylaxis Against Catheter-Associated Thrombosis in Critically Ill Children: A Bayesian Phase 2b Randomized Clinical Trial. Faustino, EV S; Shabanova, V; Raffini, LJ; Kandil, SB; Li, S; Pinto, MG; Cholette, JM; Hanson, SJ; Nellis, ME; Silva, CT; et al. Critical Care Medicine. 2021; 49:e235-e246.

A pragmatic multi-institutional approach to understanding transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy after stem cell transplant. Dandoy, CE; Rotz, S; Alonso, PB; Klunk, A; Desmond, C; Huber, J; Ingraham, H; Higham, C; Dvorak, CC; Duncan, C; et al. Blood Advances. 2021; 5:1-11.

Biomarkers for Estimating Risk of Hospital Mortality and Long-Term Quality-of-Life Morbidity After Surviving Pediatric Septic Shock: A Secondary Analysis of the Life After Pediatric Sepsis Evaluation Investigation. Wong, HR; Reeder, RW; Banks, R; Berg, RA; Meert, KL; Hall, MW; McQuillen, PS; Mourani, PM; Chima, RS; Sorenson, S; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2021; 22:8-15.

Trajectories and Risk Factors for Altered Physical and Psychosocial Health-Related Quality of Life After Pediatric Community-Acquired Septic Shock. Meert, KL; Reeder, R; Maddux, AB; Banks, R; Berg, RA; Zuppa, A; Newth, CJ; Wessel, D; Pollack, MM; Hall, MW; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 21:869-878.

The Effects of Care Team Roles on Situation Awareness in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Prospective Cross-Sectional Study. Soberano, BT; Brady, P; Yunger, T; Jones, R; Stoneman, E; Sosa, T; Stalets, EL; Zackoff, M; Chima, R; Tegtmeyer, K; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:594-597.

Longitudinal Trajectories of Caregiver Distress and Family Functioning After Community-Acquired Pediatric Septic Shock. Murphy, LK; Palermo, TM; Meert, KL; Reeder, R; Dean, JM; Banks, R; Berg, RA; Carcillo, JA; Chima, R; McGalliard, J; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 21:787-796.

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