Critical Care Division
L. Eugene Daugherty, M.D., Chief
The Alissa Amalfi Division of Pediatric Critical Care has significant roles in patient care, teaching, and research.
Members of the division provide full-time coverage for the two pediatric intensive care unit services of Golisano Children’s Hospital where the overwhelming majority of our clinical activities are focused. These services are housed within a state-of-the-art 22-bed facility that was designed to further our emphasis on providing “high-tech / high-touch” care to our patients and families. It is the only Pediatric ICU within the region and serves as the referral center for all Pediatric Critical injury and illness, including trauma and burns. Approximately 1200-1500 patients are admitted annually.
In addition to coverage of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU), members of the division also staff a busy sedation and vascular access service, and manage and staff the pediatric inter-hospital transport service.
Pediatric residents rotate through the Pediatric ICU service during their second and third years; during this time they are exposed to a pathophysiologically-based, yet holistic, approach to the stabilization and treatment of children with critical illnesses. Elective rotations are available within the PCICU and sedation programs and are individually tailored to the trainee’s goals. Medical students from both the required Pediatrics rotation and electives are an important part of the care team.
Members of the division also serve critical roles in the first two years of the undergraduate medical curriculum, including the clinical coordination of the Human Structure and Function course. The division offers a three-year ACGME-approved fellowship training program in Pediatric Intensive Care.
Research activities center largely on clinical questions related to children with critical illness. Major current foci include parental interactions in the PICU, assessing alterations in hemostatic function in critically ill children, and assessing new devices for measuring hemodynamic function in the PICU.