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UCLA Pediatric Critical Care




The Division of Pediatric Critical Care at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA provides state of the art, high quality, family-centered care for children with a wide range of illnesses.  Care is provided in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (PCTICU).

UCLA Pediatrics Critical Care Faculty


The Division of Pediatric Critical Care at UCLA began in 1982, using an eight-bed monitored unit to care for a growing population of subspecialty patients. Dr. Judith Brill, combining expertise in both Pediatrics and Anesthesiology, has served as Division Chief since that time. The demand for Pediatric ICU care augmented in large part to our Pediatric Liver Transplant service that began in 1984.  Dr. Rick Harrison joined Dr. Brill one year later. In 1989, another wing was opened, increasing capacity to 20 beds, and the original unit was updated. Our faculty group now includes eight members with a variety of clinical and research interests. 


A number of milestones stand out in our over 30 year history. In 1990, our fellowship training program was among the first to be accredited by the ACGME, and our ICU was among the first to be fully approved under new standards set by California Childrens' Services (CCS). About fifteen years ago, we professionalized the existing pediatric critical care transport service to be run by a staff of pediatric physicians specially trained in transport medicine. In January 2001, our responsibilities increased to include care of all children admitted to the Pediatric Cardiothoracic ICU, which we now staff year-round.


Our goals include providing the highest level of care to children with critical illness, training future leaders in the field of pediatric critical care and participating in clinical, translational and basic science endeavors to further the field. 

Contact Us

  • Patient Transfer - Phone: (310) 825-0909

  • Westwood - PICU & PCTICU - Phone: (310) 267-7540

  • Santa Monica - PICU - Phone: (424) 259-9432

  • Pediatric Transport Team Activation - Phone: (310) 825-0909

  • Administrative Office, to reach one of our Critical Care physicians - Phone: (310) 825-9124