Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Akron Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides care round-the-clock for critically ill infants, children and teens suffering from medical and surgical problems. Read More...

Besunder James
James Besunder, DO
Director, Pediatric Critical Care

Pope John
John Pope, MD
Director, Medical Education Associate Director, Pediatric Critical Care

Biber Jennifer
Jennifer Biber, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Intensivist

Bigham Michael
Michael Bigham, MD
Medical Director, Transport Services

Forbes Michael
Michael Forbes, MD, FAAP
Medical Staff Vice President Director, Clinical Research & Outcomes Analysis, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics' Society of Critical Care Medicine Local Medical Leader, Virtual Pediatric Systems, LLC

Lebovitz Dan
Dan Lebovitz, MD
Pediatric Intensivist

Malhotra Vivek
Vivek Malhotra, MD
Pediatric Intensivist

Nofziger Ryan
Ryan Nofziger, MD
Pediatric Intensivist

Page-Goertz Christopher
Christopher Page-Goertz, MD
Pediatric Intensivist

Raimer Patricia
Patricia Raimer, MD
Pediatric Intensivist

Steward Sarah
Sarah Steward, MD
Pediatric Critical Care Physician

Christopher Jean

Clark Kerri
Kerri Clark, MSN, CPNP-AC, CCRN
Nurse Practitioner

Foley Joseph
Joseph Foley, MSN, CPNP
Critical Care Nurse Practitioner

Forst Beth
Beth Forst, MSN, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Giallourakis Camilla
Camilla Giallourakis, MSN, CPNP- AC/PC, CCRN
Lead Critical Care Nurse Practitioner

Jones Melissa
Melissa Jones, MSN, CNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Maley Jennifer
Jennifer Maley, CNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

McHenry Amy

Metzger Kelly
Kelly Metzger, CNP
Critical Care Nurse Practitioner

Herstich Tracey
Tracey Herstich, RN, DNP, CNP
PICU Nurse Practitioner

Rogers Janet
Janet Rogers, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNS
Director, Critical Care Services

Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat
Here are some of the conditions treated in this department. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Anthrax, E. Coli Infections, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, and Meningitis.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • In 2010, Akron Children's pediatric intensive care team cared for 1,166 critically ill patients.


Meet Our Patients



Critical Care Medicine - Overview

Akron Children’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) provides care round-the-clock for critically ill infants, children and teens suffering from medical and surgical problems.

We take a team approach, combining an intensivist (a doctor who specializes in pediatric intensive care), nurses, respiratory therapists and other pediatric specialists.

Our PICU includes: 

  • 23 spacious private rooms with pull-out sofas for parents to stay overnight, a closet for their personal belongings, and a personal workstation to allow families to access the Internet.
  • A family waiting room with a dining area that includes home-style furniture, a microwave, refrigerator and cupboards for families to store personal food items, as well as a family phone and play area for siblings. 
  • Large restrooms with family showers, adjacent to the waiting area. 

As a patient’s condition improves, she may be transferred to an intermediate care unit or a general patient care unit.


Patient Family Resources

We know how frightening it is to have a child in the pediatric intensive care unit. We hope you find these articles helpful.


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Akron Children's Hospital
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
214 W. Bowery St.
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8639
Fax: 330-543-8136
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Akron Children's at Metro
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
MetroHealth Medical Center
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland , OH 44109
Phone: 216-778-2222
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