Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital announced today the arrival of a new leader of Critical Care coming from The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Lara Shekerdemian, an internationally recognized leader in pediatric intensive care, will lead a team of 36 pediatric critical care physicians.

She will serve as Chief of Critical Care at Texas Children's, one of the nation's largest children's hospitals, and head of the Critical Care Pediatrics Section and professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Texas Children's is nationally ranked on the Honor Roll of U.S.News & World Report's list of America's Best Children's Hospitals.

Shekerdemian, a native of London, England, trained at The Royal Brompton Hospital and The Great Ormand Street Hospital in London and at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Before joining Texas Children's, she served as director of Intensive Care at The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Melbourne. At Royal Children's, she established a groundbreaking program that transported patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment hundreds of miles to the hospital. Despite medical challenges of providing critical care in a mobile setting, this service achieved survival rates that rival ECMO programs at some the world's top children's hospitals.

"Dr. Shekerdemian is a world-class leader in critical care," said Dr. Mark W. Kline physician-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital and professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at BCM. "We are pleased that she has joined the ranks of other outstanding physicians at Texas Children's and BCM. I'm confident that she will contribute leadership that will impact pediatric health care around the globe."