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Critical Care

Marcelo Auslender, MD
Division Director


The Division of Critical Care is committed to providing excellent clinical care, education of learners at all levels, and the advancement of knowledge through pursuit of biomedical research. Clinical care is provided in a 28-bed combined medical/surgical intensive care unit, including highly specialized management of the cardiac intensive care population and patients requiring ECMO support.  The division presently counts to 10 faculty (4 with further training in Cardiac Intensive Care), 6 fellowship positions, and 7 nurse practitioners.  Our critical care faculty, in collaboration with the pediatric critical care nurse practitioners and our specialized bedside nursing staff, are focused on the delivery of excellent clinical care, with patient satisfaction scores consistently greater than the ninetieth percentile. The quality of care provided in our Intensive Care Unit is analyzed by participation in the Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Performance System (VPS) for benchmarking and data sharing. 

The Division of Critical Care is highly dedicated to educating the next generation of academic pediatric intensivists. Our critical care fellowship program was initiated in 2002 and has steadily grown to include 6 critical care fellowship positions. Our fellows are involved in basic and clinical research projects, and have consistently presented their work at national scientific meetings.

All current PICU faculty are engaged in research projects across the spectrum of clinical, translational, and basic science.


Division Contact Information

University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics
Division of Critical Care
200 Hawkins Drive—2500 JCP
Iowa City, IA 52242


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