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Lesley Doughty, MD

  • Attending Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I provide honest and clear communication to parents about their child’s clinical status, their future and what we know and don’t know.



As a pediatric critical care doctor, I provide honest and clear communication to parents about their child’s clinical status, their future and what we know and don’t know.

The amazing resilience of children drew me to work in pediatric critical care. A child’s ability to recover from terrible illnesses and to find the good in a day is astonishing. The privilege of caring for children inspires me. Children are the most important priority in life for most people —their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.

In addition to my work in the pediatric intensive care unit, I serve as a member of a multidisciplinary team that helps parents understand and make informed decisions about their children with medically complex, technology-dependent conditions.

In my research work, I participate in multi-center studies focused on neurologic recovery after critical illness. I also look at the impact of using early mobility in critically ill children.

When I’m not at work, I like to spend as much time as possible scuba diving.


Physical Rehabilitation in Critically Ill Children: A Multicenter Point Prevalence Study in the United States. Kudchadkar, SR; Nelliot, A; Awojoodu, R; Vaidya, D; Traube, C; Walker, T; Needham, DM; Agus, MS D; Coughlin-Wells, K; Babbitt, CJ; et al. Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 48:634-644.

Early Protocolized Versus Usual Care Rehabilitation for Pediatric Neurocritical Care Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Fink, EL; Beers, SR; Houtrow, AJ; Richichi, R; Burns, C; Doughty, L; Ortiz-Aguayo, R; Madurski, CA; Valenta, C; Chrisman, M; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 20:540-550.

Creating the Subspecialty Pediatrics Investigator Network. Mink, R; Carraccio, C; High, P; Dammann, C; McGann, KA; Kesselheim, J; Herman, B; Pitts, S; Baffa, G; Turner, DA; et al. Journal of Pediatrics. 2018; 192:3-4.e2.

Cytokine Help for Diagnosing Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Conway, SR; Doughty, LA. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2017; 18:391-393.

Pathophysiology of Pediatric Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome. Carcillo, JA; Podd, B; Aneja, R; Weiss, SL; Hall, MW; Cornell, TT; Shanley, TP; Doughty, LA; Nguyen, TC. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2017; 18:S32-S45.

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