Research and Innovation

The Division of Critical Care Medicine is a leading presence in the field of pediatric critical care research.  Our division is home to five NIH-funded researchers (Dr. Mark Hall, Dr. Christopher Montgomery, Dr. Nicole O’Brien, Dr. Andrew Yates, and Dr. Jennifer Muszynski). 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of only eight sites in the country to participate in the current cycle of the nation’s only NIH-funded research network for critical ill children, the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN). In addition, our faculty members are active participants in the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network (PALISI), the country’s largest pediatric critical care research network.

The diverse research interests of our faculty include immunology of critical illness, pediatric neurocritical care, transfusion science, Staphylococcus aureus microbiology, cardiac critical care, anesthesiology, medical education, comparative effectiveness research, and many others. Lastly, a robust quality improvement science program is in place with strong emphasis on evidence-based, rigorously conducted QI initiatives.

The research infrastructure in Critical Care Medicine is outstanding, with four full-time research coordinators providing 7-day/week support for the conduct of clinical and translational projects; an in-situ research laboratory in the PICU; a divisional biostatistician; and the resources of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital on the same campus.

A list of faculty academic interests is available below.

Critical Care Faculty


Onsy Ayad, MD, FAAP

Quality and safety, ICU-associated infection

Katherine Bline, MD Lower respiratory tract infection, host immune response in critical illness, myeloid-derived suppressor cells

Margaret Chase, MD

Medical education

Melissa Chung, MD

Neurocritical care, pediatric stroke

Megan Daniel, MD

Medical education, resident education, hematology and oncology

Maria Estrada, DO, FAAP

Trauma care, electronic medical records

Jill Fitch, MD

Advocacy, sedation, blood conservation, cardiac intensive care

W. Joshua Frazier, MD

Extracorporeal therapies, sepsis

Samantha Gee, MD

Inter-facility transport, Quality Improvement

Mark Hall, MD, FAAP, FCCM

Immunobiology of critical illness, sepsis, MODS

Todd Karsies, MD

Mechanical ventilation, antibiotic utilization, lower respiratory tract infection

Nadeem Khan, MD, FAAP

Safety and quality

Anthony Lee, MD

Safety and quality, airway management, ICU related infections, cardiac intensive care

Ada Lin, MD, FAAP

Nutrition in the ICU

Eric Lloyd, MD

Cardiac Intensive Care, extracorporeal support

Marlina Lovett, MD

Neurocritical care, acute hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy

Jeffrey Lutmer, MD

Quality and safety, cost of care, utilization management

Tensing Maa, MD

Simulation training, patient safety, resuscitation, neurocritical care

Jennifer MacDonald, MD

Neurocritical care, quality and safety, medical education, POCUS, Implementation Science

Christopher Montgomery, MD

Microbial pathogenesis, mechanisms of Staphylococcus immunogenicity

Jennifer Muszynski, MD

Transfusion medicine, immunobiology of critical illness

Nicole O’Brien, MD

Neurocritical care, global health, non-invasive cerebral blood flow measurement, cerebral malaria

Danna Qunibi, MD

Quality and safety, healthcare management, pre-hospital critical care management

Claire Stewart, MD

Medical education, competency-based education, simulation

Markita Suttle, MD

The psychosocial effects of critical illness on families and providers

Joseph Tobias, MD

Anesthesia, procedural sedation

Andrew Yates, MD

Cardiac Intensive Care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, extracorporeal support