Division of Critical Care Medicine


What we do

Dr. Jeffrey Burns is Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Executive Chair of International Health Services and Chair of the ICU Governance Committee at Boston Children's Hospital. He is a Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, and was appointed as the first Shapiro Chair of Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital in 2005. He is also on the Sub-board for Pediatric Critical Care at the American Board of Pediatrics, Committee for Admissions at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Monica Kleinman, Medical Director of the MSICU. She is also the chair of the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee, as well as past chair of the Pediatric Subcommittee. She previously served as co-chair of the Pediatric Task Force for the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and will be the co-chair for the 2015 Conference for Consensus on Science and Treatment Recommendations.

Critical Care Medicine’s primary clinical activities occur in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU).  The MSICU is one of the highest volume pediatric intensive care units in the United States, with 30 beds and more than 2,000 admissions annually.  The MSICU provides care for infants and children with all types of medical and surgical conditions except for cardiac surgery, with specific expertise in the care of patients with neurologic and oncologic diseases (including stem cell transplant recipients).  Critical Care Medicine has a unique collaboration with the Department of Surgery, with surgeons trained in critical care providing coverage in the MSICU. Critical Care Medicine faculty also staff the 6-bed PICU at Boston Medical Center, and participate in coverage for the Boston Children’s Medicine ICU and Boston Children’s Hospital post-operative inpatient unit at Waltham.  Other clinical programs that are led by members of the critical care faculty include the CAPE (Home Ventilation) program, critical care transport service, respiratory care and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and critical care nutrition.

The Division of Critical Care Medicine’s research portfolio spans basic, clinical, translational, and education research in diverse areas of biomedical science and pediatrics.  In 2016, faculty in the Division of Critical Care Medicine held 3 NIH R01 awards and numerous foundation grants, and the Division’s junior faculty held approximately 1/3 of all of the NIH K12 Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program Awards in the county. 

The Division of Critical Care Medicine is on the forefront of the delivery and research of medical education, specifically the domains of clinical training, medical simulation and online learning. Dr. Meredith van der Velden is the Program Director for the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program, the largest pediatric critical care medicine fellowship training program in the nation. Dr. Peter Weinstock directs Boston Children’s hospital-wide Simulator Program (SIMPeds) devoted to inter-professional training, systems testing, healthcare networking and 3D engineering to develop the most advanced simulation activities to prepare clinicians as well as patients and families both at home and abroad. Drs. Jeffrey Burns and Traci Wolbrink co-direct the OPENPediatrics program, an online medical education website currently in use in over 145 countries which delivers high quality, peer-reviewed multidisciplinary education content based on the latest in adult learning technologies.