Pediatric Critical Care

The Division of Critical Care at Lurie Children’s treats children in the Lefkofsky Family Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). We provide top-quality care using the most recent advancements in equipment and techniques, with specialized attention to pulmonary issues, critical care and other specialty needs. 

Watch the video below to learn how the specialists in the Lefkofsky PICU come together as a team to save the lives of the most critically-ill children.


Our multidisciplinary team is specially trained to treat infants and children. In addition to board-certified doctors, the team includes specialists and subspecialists, including:


We believe in family-centered care​, which means we involve the whole family in a patient’s treatment plan. From bringing family members into care plan meetings, to providing support and distraction to a patient’s siblings, we do our best to help fit our care within your lifestyle.

The PICU provides advanced care to children of all ages and with a vast range of serious conditions. The latest interventions and treatments are available in the PICU, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), specialty ventilation techniques and transplant services​. We also work closely with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)​ and the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit (CCU).

Zena Leah Harris, MD, is the Division Head of Pediatric Critical Care. Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board-certified in pediatric critical care and pediatrics.

The division offers a fellowship program providing comprehensive training to pediatricians in the scientific and clinical practice of pediatric critical care medicine. Learn more about our fellowship program.


We treat a wide range of serious medical and surgical conditions, such as:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Head injuries
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Sepsis

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.


Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

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​Transitioning to Home Care

Almost Home Kids (AHK), now part of the Lurie Children’s family, cares for children with complicated health needs by providing family training, respite care and short-term transitional care in a home-like setting. AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home. The Division of Critical Care works closely with Almost Home Kids to make the care transition process as easy as possible.

Learn more about AHK.