Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Scholarship

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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Student at Critical Care Congress

Our section has an excellent track record of basic, translational, clinical, qualitative, and educational research. We have a wide range of research collaborations among top investigators throughout the Texas Medical Center, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Rice University. These include studies on nutritional requirements in critical illness; developmental aspects of nutrition; inflammation and immune function; coagulopathy; traumatic brain injury; basic and pathophysiologic mechanisms of liver, lung, and heart function; long-term follow-up of critically ill children; outcomes analysis; and the effect of sepsis and stress on gut motility. Opportunities for educational scholarship also exist as past collaborations have included application of evidence-based pedagogy to optimize clinical learning and quality improvement, innovations for clinical instruction, assessment and feedback, and medical simulation for crisis resource management.

Our training program assists fellows in identifying a primary mentor and scholarly activity. The primary scholarship mentor along with the Scholarship Oversight Committee oversee the fellow’s progress as related to their scholarly activity.  Mentors include experienced investigators within our Pediatric Critical Care section, as well as, across specialties and institutions throughout the Texas Medical Center such as the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Rice University.  Fellows present their research during the Critical Care Section's "Research Conference”.

The following are some of the areas of scholarship in which our Pediatric Critical Care Attendings are currently publishing:




To give you an idea about the breadth of our fellows’ scholarship, below is a list of fellows’ scholarly activities that were published in the past 5 years:

  1. Huang L, Zhang L, Ju H, Li Q, Pan JS, Al-Lawati Z, Sheikh-Hamad D. Stanniocalcin-1 inhibits thrombin-induced signaling and protects from bleomycin-induced lung injury. Sci Rep. 2015 Dec 7;5:18117. doi: 10.1038/srep18117. PMID: 26640170.  Pubmed:
  2. Aspesberro, Francois, MD; Riley, Carley, MD, MPP, MHS; Kitagawa, Melanie, MD; Zimmerman, Jerry, MD, PhD, FCCM. Improving Long-Term Outcomes for Pediatric Patients. Critical Connection, 2015, August 4
  3. Tsang, R, Checcia P, Bronicki RA. Hemodynamic Monitoring in the Acute Management of Pediatric Heart Failure. Curr Cardiol Rev. 2016;12(2):112-6. PMID: 26585037
  4. Krennerich EC, Validation of a Pediatric Early Warning Score in Hospitalized Pediatric Oncology and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients, Critical Appraisal of Agulnik A et al. Pediatric Crit Care Med 2016 April; 17 (4):e146-e153, PedsCCM Evidence-Based Journal Club.
  5. Davalos MC, Samuels K, Meyer AN, Thammasitboon S, Sur M, Roy K, Al-Mutairi A, Singh H. Finding Diagnostic Errors in Children Admitted to the PICU. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017 Mar;18(3):265-271. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000001059. PMID:  28125548
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  7. Onyearugbulem C, Williams L, Zhu H, Gazzaneo MC, Das S, Lam F, Coss-Bu JA, Munoz FM. Determination of Modifiable Risk Factors for Infection in the Early Post Lung Transplant Period for Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Patients. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2017 Apr; 36(4):S276.
  8. Hipp DM, Rialon KL, Nevel K, Kothari AN, Jardine LDA. "Back to Bedside": Residents' and Fellows' Perspectives on Finding Meaning in Work. J Grad Med Educ.  2017 Apr;9(2):269-273. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-17-00136.1. PMID: 28439376.
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  10. Morales-Demori, R., Congenital heart disease and cardiac procedural outcomes in patients with trisomy 21 and Turner syndrome. Congenital Heart Disease, 12(6), (2017) 820-827. doi:10.1111/chd.12521
  11. Krennerich E, Sitler CG, Shah M, Lam F, Graf J.  Retrospective review of pediatric transport. Where do our patients go after transport. Air Med Journal, 2017 Nov - Dec;36(6):332-338
  12. Ali W, Bubolz BA, Nguyen L, et al. Epilepsy is associated with ventricular alterations following convulsive status epilepticus in children. Epilepsia Open. 2017;2(4):432-440. doi:10.1002/epi4.12074
  13. Kitagawa, MG., Reynolds JO, Wehrens XHT, Bryan RM Jr, Pandit LM. Hemodynamic and Pathologic Characterization of the TASK-1-/- Mouse Does Not Demonstrate Pulmonary Hypertension. Front Med (Lausanne). 2017 Oct 23; 4:177. PMID: 29109948 
  14. Kitagawa MG, Ettinger N, Breen D, Erklauer J, Change E, Herce H, King K, Naik S. Transmission of West Nile Virus Through a Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018 May 15; 7(2): e52-e54. PMID: 29309636.  
  15. Labarinas S, Meulmester K, Greene S, Thomas J, Virk M, Erkonen G. Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation After Diphenhydramine Ingestion. J Med Toxicol. 2018 Sep;14(3):253-256. doi: 10.1007/s13181-018-0672-6. Epub 2018 Jun 28. PMID: 29956117 Pubmed: 
  16. Bernardo, E. O., Cruz, A. T., Buffone, G. J., Devaraj, S., Loftis, L. L., & Arikan, A. A. (2018). Community- acquired Acute Kidney Injury Among Children Seen in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Academic Emergency Medicine. doi:10.1111/acem.13421
  17. Goldman J, Desai MS, McClain KL, Tcharmtchi MH, Kennedy CE, Thompson K, Lam F, Bashir DA, Chinn IK, Golderg BR, Allen CE, Nguyen TC; Hepatobiliary dysfunction and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation Increase Risk of Mortality in Pediatric Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 Oct;19(10):e522-e530. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000001684
  18. Afonso N, Checchia PA; Avoiding kidney injury in the surgical patient: further defining the role of age. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2018 Jan Jan;155(1):266-267. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.09.032. Epub 2017 Sep 18. PMID:29897738
  19. McHugh KE, Mahle WT, Hall MA, Scheurer MA, Moga MA, Triedman J, Nicolson SC, Amula V, Cooper DS, Schamberger M, Wolf M, Shekerdemian L, Burns KM, Ash KE, Hipp DM, Pasquali SK for the Pediatric Heart Network Investigators. Hospital Costs Related to early extubation after infant cardiac surgery. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2019 May;107(5):1421-1426. PMID 30458158.
  20. Rissmiller BJ, Castro D, Minard CG, Sur M, Roy K, Turner T & Thammasitboon S. (2019) The diagnostic expertise acceleration module (DEAM): promoting the formation of organized knowledge, Medical Education Online, 24:1, DOI: 10.1080/10872981.2019.1679945
  21. Gorgis NM, Kennedy C, Lam F, et al. Clinical Consequences of Cardiomyopathy in Children With Biliary Atresia Requiring Liver Transplantation. Hepatology. 2019; 69(3):1206-1218. doi:10.1002/hep.30204
  22. Kitagawa MG, Reynolds JO, Durgan D, Rodney G, Karmouty-Quintana H, Bryan R, Pandit LM. Twik-2 -/- mouse demonstrates pulmonary vascular heterogeneity in intracellelular pathways for vasoreactivity. Physiol Rep. 2019 Jan; 7(1): e13950. PMID: 30632293
  23. Adler, A, Brown K, Conlin F, Thammasitiboon, S, Chandrakantan, A. Cardiac and lung point-of-care ultrasound in pediatric anesthesia and critical care medicine: Uses, pitfalls, and future directions to optimize pediatric care. Paediatric Aneaesthesia. August 2019. 
  24. Muisyo, T, Bernardo, E, Camazine M, Colvin R, Thomas K, Borgman M, Spinella, P. Mortality Prediction in Pediatric Trauma.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery. August 2019