Pediatric Critical Care

The Division of Critical Care at Lurie Children’s treats children in the Lefkofsky 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.

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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).

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.

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

Conditions We Treat

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


Keeping with our belief that quality education is inseparable from our quality patient care, we partner with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to train tomorrow’s leading pediatric physicians. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the Feinberg School, we offer several opportunities for residents to further their education in a pediatric specialty. The critical care unit offers a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine. Review the Feinberg School's information​​ to learn how to apply.

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Our research includes all aspects of delivery of care to critically ill children, including treatment, prevention and understanding of diseases on the most basic biological level. 


Your support is vital 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 e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500