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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PICU)

Akron Children's Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides care to infants, children and teens who need advanced treatments, special monitoring and around-the-clock observation by specially trained critical care doctors, advanced practice providers, specialized subspecialty consultants, nurses, and other medical team members.

You can rest assured that we have the knowledge, skill and judgment to quickly assess and treat your child so he or she can achieve the best outcomes possible from critical illness or injury. Our ultimate goal is to help improve survival, speed recovery, minimize disability and relieve pain and suffering in a caring and respectful manner.

We have one focus: kids.

Equipped with advanced technology, we provide the highest level of care for a range of complex, and sometimes rapidly changing, medical problems. This includes after-surgery care for pediatric surgical procedures, including congenital heart surgery.

Care beyond medicine.

Our PICU team also cares for the non-medical concerns of the family. We have child life specialists to help kids understand and manage being in the hospital. For example, they'll listen when your child needs to talk, calm fears about what's happening, or provide distractions like books and games.  

Our social workers also help families cope with the emotional burdens of having a critically ill child. They can help to arrange temporary housing through the Ronald McDonald House, assist with insurance issues, or coordinate discharge planning when your child is ready to go home.

Our ultimate goal is to help improve survival, speed recovery, minimize disability and relieve pain and suffering in a caring and respectful manner.

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Contact Critical Care Medicine (PICU)


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Critical Care Medicine
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care
214 West Bowery Street
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8136 (Office)
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
James Besunder
James Besunder, DO

Director, Pediatric Critical Care; Pediatric Intensivist

John Pope
John Pope, MD

Associate Director, Pediatric Critical Care; Director, Medical Education; Director, Office of Pediatric Global Health; Pediatric Intensivist


Jennifer Biber, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Intensivist

Michael Bigham, MD

Chief Quality Officer; Pediatric Intensivist

Rashed Durgham, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Michael Forbes, MD, FAAP

Medical Staff President; Director, Clinical Research & Outcomes Analysis, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Pediatric Intensivist

Dan Lebovitz, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Vivek Malhotra, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Bryan McKee, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Jeffrey Naples, DO

Medical Director, Pediatric Transport; Pediatric Intensivist

Ryan Nofziger, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Christopher Page-Goertz, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Patricia Raimer, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Sarah Steward, MD

Pediatric Intensivist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Jean Christopher, MSN, APRN-CNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Kerri Clark, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Beth Forst, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Danielle Hicar, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Jones, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Maley, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Amy McHenry, DNP, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kelly Metzger, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kalyn Seislove, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Family Centered Rounds

Our medical team meets every day, usually in the morning, to discuss each patient's case in detail; these discussions are known as rounds. You may see a group of doctors, nurses, and others walking from patient to patient, planning the medical care for each patient.

We encourage you to participate in your child's daily rounds. If you're unable to participate, the attending critical care doctor will inform you of the daily goals for your child by phone or in person.