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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Promotions

Tue, 07/15/2014

Ericka Fink, MD, MS was promoted to Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine with Secondary Appointments in Pediatrics and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Ericka received her B.S. in Bioengineering from Syracuse University, her M.S. in Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University, and her M.D. from Jefferson Medical College where she served as President of the local chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Ericka has established herself as an outstanding clinician-investigator, and is becoming internationally recognized for her work in pediatric neurocritical care research. She is scaling the NIH’s equivalent of Kilimanjaro—to use her metaphor, having successfully acquired NIH funding at the T32, K12, and K23 level, with her sights on the R01 summit. In addition, Ericka is the Scientific Site P.I. for the multicenter Therapeutic Hypothermia after Pediatric Cardiac Arrest study supported by the NHLBI, has served on numerous American Heart Association national committees, and established the Prevalence of Acute critical Neurologic disease in children: a Global Epidemiological Assessment (PANGEA) trial, the world’s first multinational prospective epidemiology study with outcomes of pediatric brain disease. Ericka is also a highly sought-after mentor, global health relief volunteer, fitness enthusiast, and crazy Pearl Jam fan.


Melinda Fiedor Hamilton, MD, MSc was promoted to Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine. Mindy received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming and her M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital where she then served as Chief Resident, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and NIH T32 fellowship during which time she also earned a Masters in Medical Education. 

Mindy is synonymous with PCCM education. She served as Associate Fellowship Director since joining the faculty and now serves as Fellowship Director. She has contemporized the fellowship curriculum and established the first month long simulation-based orientation for PCCM fellows in the country. In addition to the PCCM division, she has been instrumental in programmatic development for pediatric and surgery residents and fellows, and nurses, as well as contributing nationally to the Pediatric Advanced Life Support curriculum, and serving as an Examining Pediatric Resuscitation Education using Simulation and Scripting (EXPRESS), Education in Pediatric Intensive Care (EPIC), and International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE) Investigator. Mindy also serves as the Director of Pediatric Simulation for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research, and is owner of a “perfect” golden retriever. Tho’ you wouldn’t classify her as a cowgirl—despite her Sheridan, Wyoming roots—her family did own a horse named “She Biscuit”.  


Ricardo Munoz, MD was promoted to Professor of Critical Care Medicine with Secondary Appointments in Pediatrics and Surgery. Ricardo received his degree for Physician and Surgeon from Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Hospital Militar Central, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, in Bogota, Colombia, Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Ricardo worked as a Staff Physician in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, then built a CICU program at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami before coming to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to develop and lead a new CICU in 2002.

Ricardo is highly regarded for his administrative prowess. He is Chief of the Cardiac Intensive Care Division, Director, Cardiac Recovery Program, Medical Director for Global Business and Telemedicine, and Director, International Affairs, Heart Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is among a select group of physicians in the U.S. who maintain active Board Certifications in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology. Ricardo has built a first-rate CICU, boasting some of the best (indeed last year the best) cardiothoracic surgery outcomes in the nation. He has spearheaded telemedicine and International efforts at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, all while pulling a full-time clinical load in the CICU, and still finds time to publish papers (over 30) and edit books (4). He is world renowned for his passionate approach to Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care, and knowledge of good wine.