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Pediatric Critical Care

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care plays a vital role in caring for critically ill children at Children's Health℠ Children’s Medical Center, Parkland Hospital, and the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. We continuously work to ensure the highest quality patient care, along with pursuing advancements through innovative research and varied educational opportunities for future leaders in this medical specialty.

Patient Care
Patient Care

Critically ill children receive the highest standard of care from our physician faculty. The pediatric ICUs at Children’s Medical Center Dallas act as primary referral centers for North Central and Northeast Texas, and special needs patients come from all over Texas, as well as Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mexico, and Latin America.

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The Division’s long-standing history includes clinical, bench, and translational research, with several NIH-funded laboratories and regular participation in multicenter clinical trials to advance the care of critically ill children. Recent research interests involved quality initiatives to improve sedation management and daily care for critically ill children.

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Some of the country’s brightest pediatric graduates enroll in the Division’s internationally recognized Critical Care Fellowship Program, one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. Teaching of fellows, residents, and medical students takes place at the bedside, and during lectures and interactive sessions.

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The Division’s internationally recognized three-year Critical Care Fellowship program – one of the largest in the United States – was the first of its kind. It has prepared more than 100 physicians to be leaders in the field of intensive care for critically ill infants and children. Today we train between 12 and 15 fellows each year.

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Cindy Bowens, M.D., M.S.C.S.

Cindy Bowens, M.D., M.S.C.S.


Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care

Medical Director, PICU, Children's Medical Center

Annual Report

2022 Annual Report