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Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship

Acting Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Chief: Matthew J. Bochkoris, MD

Fellowship Program Director: Matthew J. Bochkoris, MD

Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship

Providing excellent critical care for infants, children, adolescents, as well as adults with congenital heart problems is a complex task that requires expertise in several disciplines including pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care, and neonatal critical care medicine. The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, established in 2003, is among the very few units in the United States that provides training for experts in such a sub specialized field of medicine.

The CICU fellowship at Children's Hospital was initiated in 2005 and since then trained pediatric cardiac intensivists have taken leadership positions both nationally and internationally. In addition to clinical expertise, the CICU fellowship provides an unmatched environment for clinical and translational research with trainees reaching several publications and presenting in national meetings.

The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship Program provides a comprehensive training program for fellows interested in leading the field of pediatric cardiac critical care. Educational opportunities are tailored to suit the needs and interests of each fellow. The CICU is staffed by four pediatric cardiac intensivists responsible for more than 700 admissions a year. We have three world renowned cardiac surgeons, an unparalleled artificial heart (ventricular assist device) and ECMO program and a heart-lung transplant program. 

The CICU fellowship program is integrated with other fellowships including pediatric cardiology, critical care medicine, neonatology and anesthesiology providing thus a broad range of interdisciplinary expertise and several research opportunities from the basic sciences to translational and clinical research. The program is currently funded for two fellows per year and individuals from the disciplines of pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care medicine, anesthesiology and neonatology are eligible to apply. At this time, the program does not support applicants on a J1 visa.

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For further information please contact:

Kate O'Neill

GME Senior Department Manager