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James Besunder, DO

Director, Pediatric Critical Care; Pediatric Intensivist

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Dr. Besunder is a pediatric intensivist and director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital. He’s been practicing since 1989 and with Akron Children’s since 1998. He earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-College of Osteopathic Medicine in Camden, N.J. He completed both his residency in pediatrics and his fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine; pediatric pharmacology and toxicology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Besunder has a special interest in toxicology, shock, respiratory failure, and invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. He’s a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Besunder has contributed to dozens of articles, books and presentations and serves as a clinical professor of pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University.  

Critical Care Medicine
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Medical School:
New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ
Pediatrics: Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Pharmacology and Pediatric Critical Care: Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Board Certifications:
American Board of Pediatrics; Pediatric Critical Care
Academic Appointments:
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
Special Interests:
Toxicology, shock, respiratory failure, and invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation.
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