Castillo named professor, chief of pediatric critical care

By Erin Prather Stafford

Dr. Leticia Castillo has joined the faculty as chief of pediatric critical care and professor of pediatrics.

Dr. Leticia Castillo

Dr. Castillo, who previously served as an attending physician at the pediatric intensive care unit at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and as senior investigator at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, has been named the first holder of the Thomas Fariss Marsh Jr. Chair in Pediatrics.

“Dr. Castillo is one of the most highly respected physicians in the world of pediatric intensive care, in large measure because of her singular pursuit of a complex but very important problem: the assessment and improvement of nutrition of the critically ill child,” said Dr. George Lister, chairman of pediatrics.

Dr. Castillo’s research interests include human nutrition and metabolism and their interaction with disease. Her studies have focused on amino acids for the maintenance of nutritional balance and function.

She is also interested in the effects of standard critical care practices of continuous light and feedings on circadian clocks, and their impact on metabolic processes.

After earning her medical degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Dr. Castillo completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico City before moving to Boston.

Dr. Castillo then completed a second residency in pediatrics at New England Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a postdoctoral fellowship in nutritional biochemistry at MIT before moving to Texas in 2005.

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Dr. Lister holds the Robert L. Moore Chair in Pediatrics.