My main area of interest is in palliative care in the ICU. I was one of the co-founders of the Hand in Hand program at Children’s which today is an integral and valued part of what we do here at Children’s. I have been board-certified in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine since 2012. I was appointed by the Governor of Nebraska beginning in 2017 to serve on the state’s Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Committee and I am very active in the Society of Critical Care Medicine in the area of palliative care, having just chaired a Master Class on Palliative Care Challenges in the ICU at the 50th Annual Congress.
Other areas of interest are CLABSIs and I headed the hospital’s efforts in this area for many years. I have served on the IRB almost my entire critical care career including as Chair, and I currently serve as one of the Vice Chairs of the Joint Pediatric IRB with UNMC. Since 2014, I have been the Medical Director of the PICU during a time of phenomenal growth and change. We have undertaken numerous quality improvement projects that have continued to move us forward as a unit. My vision for the PICU is simple: The best care with the biggest heart.
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
1990 M.D. University of Alabama School of Medicine
1993 Residency in Pediatrics, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
1998 Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, The Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, AL
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Medical Director, Hand-in-Hand Pediatric Palliative Care Program
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Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
8200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114