PICU Sedation Team
The Division of Pediatric Critical Care provides sedation services for children and young adults who require sedation for procedures. Services are provided by board-certified/board-eligible pediatric intensivists and a nurse practitioner with specialization in acute care pediatrics and sedation. Our program customizes the level of sedation needed to the child and to the procedure. We offer anxiolysis/minimal sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation. We offer IV sedation as well as sedation/anxiolysis given by oral or intranasal medications and inhaled nitrous oxide.
Kate Ackerman, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Elise van der Jagt and Dr. Kate Ackerman
Dr. Kate Ackerman is a pediatric intensivist with special interest in sedation and genetic mechanisms of diseases causing severe illness in early life. She completed medical school at the University at Buffalo, pediatric residency at Denver Children’s Hospital, critical care fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a research fellowship in genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is well known for her work on mouse models and mechanisms of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. She currently directs the residency research track at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and facilitates translational research in genetics. She is Vice Chair of Innovation and Integration for Golisano Children’s hospital, working to advance clinical care, research, and initiatives that cross multiple Departments at the University of Rochester.
Elise van der Jagt, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Élise van der Jagt is a pediatric intensivist, pediatric hospitalist, and a specialist in pediatric procedural sedation. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and pediatric residency, general Academic Pediatric Fellowship, and Master’s in Public Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center/School of Medicine. His educational interests include simulation and pediatric resuscitation. He directs the URMC Pediatric Advanced Life Support Program. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Golisano Children’s Hospital Regional Health Operations and is developing an integrated pediatric telemedicine program throughout Western New York.
Samantha Ferguson, N.P.
Samantha Ferguson is a pediatric nurse practitioner in acute care with specialized training and experience in pediatric sedation. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa and her advanced practice nursing degree from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the Society for Pediatric Sedation and values working collaboratively with an interprofessional team of pediatric intensivists, nurses, and child life specialists to provide the highest quality of care and safety for children receiving procedural sedation.
PICU Sedation Team at work.