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Pediatric Critical Care


The pediatric critical care specialists at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital are dedicated to managing the unique needs of critically ill children and their families. We understand that when your child is seriously ill, you want the best medical team available around the clock to speed your child's recovery, minimize pain, and offer support and encouragement. Our team provides multidisciplinary, patient-centered care for children with the following types of complex conditions:

  • Surgical disease and trauma
  • Heart-lung failure
  • Cancer and blood disease
  • Complicated diabetes
  • Life-threatening infection and sepsis
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Complex neurologic disease


At Comer Children's Hospital, experts in pediatric critical care work closely with medical and surgical specialists in cardiology, hematology/oncology, urology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, endocrinology, orthopaedic surgery and other subspecialties. This depth of experience means that your child receives care from doctors who understand the needs of critically ill children and have a thorough understanding of your child's disease or injury as well as the best treatment option. This also helps ensure your child's stable transfer and integration between units, such as from the operating room to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) or from the PICU to other pediatric units.

Each child's care team also includes a social worker who can answer questions, provide emotional support, address financial concerns, and more.

Advanced Technology and Research

In addition to having a broad depth of experience, our critical care physicians have access to the most advanced technology. High-tech tools provide detailed images to help physicians diagnose and treat patients effectively; they also allow us to offer advanced treatment options. Our team is specially trained in a wide range of technologically advanced services. » Learn more.

Our critical care specialists continue to advance training and develop new clinical treatments through our in situ simulation center and commitment to research. » Learn more about critical care simulation and research.



Contact Us

Physicians, for non-urgent referrals and consultations:
Catherine Humikowski, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Critical Care
chumikow@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu

For general questions about the Section of Critical Care:
Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, MD
jbubeckw@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu

To reach pediatric critical care faculty or staff, physicians please call Toni Payne at (773) 702-3020.

For urgent transfer, physicians call UCAN at (773) 702-3222.



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