Patients & Families



 Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, SPC 5243
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5243


 (734) 764-5302


 (734) 232-4683

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Roles:

 Division Director
Michael Quasney, MD, PhD

Admin Asst to Division Director/Fellowship Coordinator
Pam Borton

Administrative Manager
Atanu Bhattacharya, MBA, MHSA

Division Administrative Assistant
Danielle Hayes


Patient Care

The University of Michigan Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital houses 22 beds for children with medical or surgical illnesses requiring the highest level of intensive monitoring or therapy. The PICU provides 24-hour care by a multidisciplinary care team of nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists -- all led by board-certified pediatric intensivists, critical care fellows, and pediatric residents. Our PICU enjoys an international reputation for excellence in the care of children with respiratory failure, especially those who require artificial organ support. The intensive care of asthma, increased intracranial pressure, respiratory failure, sepsis, multiple organ failure, nosocomial infections, bereavement, and teamwork are subjects of ongoing research. Nationally recognized programs in artificial organ support with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), hemodialysis and hemofiltration are unique to this critical care unit.


Special services and featured programs include:

  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies (CRRT)
  • ECMO Program
  • Family-oriented psychosocial support
  • Family visitation
  • Inpatient consultation
  • Level I Pediatric Trauma Support
  • Non-invasive trend recording of physiologic data
  • Ongoing Basic Science, Translational, Clinical, and Outcomes Research
  • Organ Transplantation Support (heart, liver, kidneys, bone marrow)
  • Palliative Care Consultation Service
  • State-of-the-art invasive hemodynamic monitoring
  • State-of-the-art quality and performance benchmarking
  • U-M Survival Flight provides rapid, safe transport services
  • Telephone consultation (always available)




Research and Publications


“Research, from bench to bedside, is one way that we are able to offer critically ill children the best evidence based care available.”

The Faculty in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine is involved in cutting edge research related to critical illness in children. Our research includes bench research using animals and tissue culture models, translational, clinical, quality improvement and health services research. Areas of interest include the host immune response in critical illness, the effect of genetic variants on severity of lung injury, hypothermia, epigenetics, ECMO, innovative device technologies, optimization of prehospital transport and patient safety, tight glucose control, blood transfusions, long term outcomes and quality of life. The division is supported by a highly trained and very experienced clinical research team. The Division is also actively involved in the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network (PALISI) and participates in studies sponsored by this group.

Dr. Tom Shanley, a member of the Pediatric Critical Care faculty, is the Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, giving the division a direct connection to resources provided by Michigan’s CTSA center: MICHR. Recently, Dr. Frank Moler the primary investigator of the NIH funded clinical trial, Therapeutic Hypothermia After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest –THAPCA, published the results of the trial in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Publication Links

Research Staff

Tsovinar Arutyunyan, MD whiteChaandini (CJ) Jayachandran, MSCCRP
Ryan Barbaro, MD, MSc whiteElise Corden
Nina Censoplano, DO white
Timothy Cornell, MD, FAAPex 
Joseph Custer, MDex 
Mary Dahmer, PhDex 
Rodney Daniels, MD, FAAPex 
Heidi Flori, MDex 
Kevin Kuo, MD white 
Frank Moler, MD, MSex 
Matthew Niedner, MDex 
Folafoluwa Odetola, MD, MPHex 
Michael Quasney, MD, PhDex 
Paula Silva, MDwhite 
Kristen Smith, MD white 






The University of Michigan is an academic medical center that trains the future leaders and clinicians in health sciences at many levels:


mottThe University of Michigan Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program that offers comprehensive training in pediatric critical care and whose aim is to train the future leaders of pediatric critical care. Our clinical program is superb, with all pediatric subspecialty services represented as well as internationally recognized pediatric cardiothroacic surgery and ECMO programs. Fellows also have access to a wide range of mentors both within and external to the division to pursue scholarly interests spanning from basic science, to translational, clinical, educational research. Opportunities exist to obtain additional training in Health Services Research, Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, and Health Professional Education; all have opportunities for granting Masters Degrees.
 Please see the fellowship tab for further details.


 ResidencyThe pediatric residency at University of Michigan trains young physicians freshly out of medical school in general pediatrics with exposures to virtually all pediatric subspecialties, including critical care. During the course of their 3-4 year training cycles, pediatric residents will spend several months in the Pediatric ICU, and some will go on to pursue a fellowship in this discipline. Pediatric residents at the Graduates of the program have been very successful in obtaining fellowships and clinical positions throughout the country. More information about the residency program can be obtained here.


 medschoolConsistently ranking among the top ten medical schools in the United States, the University of Michigan medical school is internationally renown. Medical students routinely rotate through the pediatric critical care unit, offering their unique insight as well as opportunities for residents and fellows to teach. More information about the medical school can be found here.



The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine participates in several international outreach activities. For example, Project Shunt has provided neurosurgical services since 1997 to children in Guatemala with neural tube defects. Guatemala has one of the highest incidences of spinal bifida because of dietary issues, genetic predisposition and poor prenatal care. Accomplished with donations and fund raising activities, it provides opportunities for faculty, fellows, and nurses to participate in annual medical missions providing much needed neurosurgical care to children who otherwise would not have access to such care. In addition to performing operations, the group provides teaching to other surgeons, nurses and parents.  An important educational objective was to improve the quality of life for children with spinal bifida and train the health care professionals in state-of-the-art management techniques. The team includes Dr. Gail Annich and Dr. Karin Muraszko, MD, Chair and Professor of Neurosurgery.

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Additionally, Dr. Rodney Daniels is collaborating with the World Pediatric Project and physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital to help develop critical care services in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere and has an infant mortality rate 3x that in the US. A grant was recently submitted to the Rotary International to help fund this project.

Guatemala 2016

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Columbia 2016

In February 2016, Paula Silva, Jennifer Rosa, and Tsovic Arutyunyan, spent 10 days in Cartagena, Colombia, recovering little patients post cleft lip and palate repairs.  Children and their parents often traveled from remote towns and villages for the surgeries.  The mission was led by Dr. Bob Gilman, who is a UM plastic surgery faculty.  Most of the OR team came from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  They started the mission by screening over 100 children in the local Ronald MacDonald house.   They then recovered 59 of them after surgery, admitting and discharging from the local hospital.   
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Columbia 2015

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Guatemala 2015

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