Critical Care Medicine

Child-high-fiving-nurse.jpgThe Paediatric Critical Care Unit at Children's Hospital is one of only four in Ontario. The residency training program in Paediatric Critical Care is the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited and generally trains two to three subspecialty residents at one time. Residents may enter training through parent specialties that include anesthesia, general paediatrics, or general surgery.

The Team:

  • Dr. Cory Anderson, Program Director- PCCM
  • Dr. Doug Fraser, Director of the Translational Research Centre
  • Dr. Anna Gunz, Director of Neonatal and Paediatric Transport Team for SWO
  • Dr. Rishi Ganesan, Trillium Gift of Life Hospital Donation Lead Physician
  • Dr. Ram Singh, President of Children's Hospital
  • Dr. Janice Tijssen, Clinical Director of the PCCU, Division Lead for PCCM Chair, Medical Director of the Paediatric Critical Care Outreach Team
  • Lindsay Henderson, Adminstrative Partner

Multi-disciplinary team of paediatric physicians, specialty certified nurses, paediatric respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, and child life and rehabilitation therapists Intensivists are board-certified in their primary specialty and have received further training in paediatric intensive care. Intensivists are academic physicians with multiple roles within the hospital including cutting-edge research, teaching, and committee work.

The Facts:

  • 12 Level 3 beds available for critically ill children from infancy to 17 years of age
  • 8 Level 2 high dependency unit beds
  • The admission rate of 900+ children and infants annually
  • 70% require acute mechanical ventilation
  • 75% of cases consist of acute respiratory failure, postoperative, neurology, and trauma.
  • Remaining 25% are distributed among ear/nose/throat (ENT), gastroenterology, renal transplant, haematology/oncology, endocrinology, infectious disease, general surgery, and nephrology.
  • The length of stay is 4.2 days
  • 24-hour consultation service to the emergency, wards,  and cardiac arrest teams at Children's Hospital
  • 24-hour telephone consult services to physicians in Southwest and Northwest Ontario


Children's Hospital - Critical Care Unit