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Update on Critical Care Medicine at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

NEW YORK (Jan 4, 2012)

Steven G. Kernie, MD Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Steven G. Kernie, M.D.
Chief, Division of Pediatric
Critical Care Medicine

In October, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital welcomed Steven G. Kernie, MD, as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Kernie, who is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, most recently was Medical Director of Research Administration at Children's Medical Center Dallas and Director of the Perot Family Center for Brain and Nerve Injuries at Children's Medical Center Dallas. While there he was Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Developmental Biology and Biomedical Engineering at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cognition and Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Dr. Kernie received his M.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, followed by a pediatric residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he also pursued a fellowship in pediatric critical care.

Dr. Kernie’s primary research interest is in understanding mechanisms of repair following acquired brain injuries due to trauma, lack of oxygen, and stroke. He has developed a variety of genetic tools in mice that have established a role for endogenous neural stem cells in recovery of memory following brain trauma. His lab is currently focused on identifying drugs that might improve recovery by stimulating these stem cells and identifying the underlying molecular mechanisms that mediate this response.

Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, launched in 1999, includes the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, which has 41 licensed beds. The Division also oversees a 14-bed Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and a large general medical-surgical Pediatric ICU with 28 beds that are state-of-the-art isolation, family-friendly, glass-enclosed cubicles.

All critically ill children, including children with critical medical illnesses such as asthma, seizures, meningitis, and encephalitis, are cared for in the Pediatric ICU/Pediatric Cardiovascular ICU. All surgical patients needing intensive care comprise more than half of the admissions and include patients following surgery for complex congenital heart disease, organ transplantation, neurosurgical disease, and ENT, orthopedic, and ophthalmological problems.

The Division offers a robust trauma program with particular expertise in head trauma and multi-organ trauma. A full-time transport system brings patients to the Pediatric ICU from our network hospitals, other hospitals within the tri-state area, and beyond. The transport system is maintained by trained paramedics and Pediatric Critical Care fellows when needed.

Education and research are central themes of the Critical Care Division, which received its Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship accreditation in 1999. The Division had its first graduating class in 2003 and now has nine fellows. Joint fellowship in cardiology, pulmonology, anesthesiology, neurology and other subspecialties are available, as well as programs in public health, statistics, biomedical research, ethics, and epidemiology.

Additionally, pediatric residents rotate through the Pediatric ICU, as well as medical students from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as medical schools in the area rotate through the Pediatric ICU. We also have a large nurse practitioner and hospitalist, programs with both types of practitioners actively participating in patient care and research projects.

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