Welcome to Critical Care

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care at UCSF provides compassionate, high quality, state-of-the-art care for critically ill infants and children in a multidisciplinary setting. This environment supports our crucial mission of educating students, residents and fellows. Many former fellows are now leaders in academic pediatric critical care medicine. In addition, our faculty are actively involved in basic science, translational and clinical research that advances knowledge in the field of pediatric diseases. Ongoing financial support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other extramural research funding is testimony to the excellence of our faculty.


The UCSF Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program is an ACGME-accredited program that provides both a unique clinical and academic experience. Fellows complete their clinical training at two locations: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals San Francisco and Oakland and have a broad range of opportunities for scholarship. A four-year NIH-funded T32 training program that extends fellowship training with further dedicated research time is offered for fellows interested in pursuing a career as physician-scientist.


Faculty in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine are actively involved in a variety of basic science, translational and clinical research efforts that ultimately aim to improve our understanding of pediatric diseases and our ability to care for critically ill children.

Clinical Services

Critically ill children with life-threatening medical and surgical conditions are cared for in the 20-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the 12-bed Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. Both units are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by pediatric critical care specialists.