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Judith Brill, MD

Division Chief
Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology


Yonca Bulut, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Yonca Bulut is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She received her medical degree from the University of Ankara, Turkey. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron in Ohio and her pediatric critical care fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her clinical interests include sepsis, diseases of iron overload and infections with siderophilic microorganisms. She also enjoys teaching as one of the instructors at UCLA Pediatric Simulation Center for the UCLA Pediatric Residency Program.

Dr. Bulut's research interest has been focused on infection and innate immunity for the last 10 years. Over the last four years, since she joined the UCLA Center for Iron Disorders, she has been involved in studying the role of iron and the iron-regulatory hormone hepcidin in various infections. Currently she is working on the effect of body iron levels and hepcidin in siderophilic fungal infections in immune compromised host. Her ultimate goal is to understand in molecular detail the role of hepcidin and iron during various bacterial, viral and fungal infections, and develop applications that will improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment that can be beneficial during acute infections. She has published several scientific articles on infection and immunity. She is the recipient of national and private grants such as NIH KO8, Today's and Tomorrow's Children's Fund and Oppenheimer Grant.


Myke Federman, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit
Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program

Dr. Myke Federman received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York. She attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego and completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric critical care at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.  She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, the Fellowship Program Director for Pediatric Critical Care and the Medical Director of the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Federman's interests include anticoagulation for ventricular assist devices and for ECMO, feeding issues in infants with congenital heart disease and finding innovative ways to teach leadership and professionalism skills to trainees.


Rick Harrison, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

Dr. Rick Harrison received both his undergraduate and medical school degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed his pediatric training in Phoenix where he was a chief resident. His Critical Care fellowship training was completed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and he joined the UCLA faculty straight out of fellowship in 1985. He has been active administratively within both the hospital and the department of pediatrics and is currently Medical Director of Mattel Children's Hospital and is Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Harrison's clinical interests relate to ventilator management of critically ill children and clinical care of patients following traumatic brain injury as well as the determination of brain death in children. He has actively participated in multi-center clinical trials within critical care. He has been the Mattel Children's Hospital Principle Investigator for the Los Angeles Center (collaborating with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles) of the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network, an NIH sponsored research network, since initially being funded in 2004.

Dr. Harrison has received numerous teaching awards throughout his career. He is currently director of the Mattel Children's Hospital Pediatric Board Review Course and a regular speaker at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Pediatric Critical Care Board Review course.


Robert B. Kelly, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director of Neonatal Pediatric Transport

Dr. Robert Kelly received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, followed by his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He subsequently completed his pediatric residency training at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, followed by his pediatric critical care fellowship training at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, the Medical Director of Pediatric Transport and the Medical Director for Pediatric ECMO. He also serves as the Course Director, Department Liaison/Lead Instructor for the Pediatric Residency Program in conjunction with the UCLA Simulation Center.

Dr. Kelly's clinical interests include pediatric ECMO, medical simulation, resuscitation and global health. He has participated as a clinician and educator on trips to India, Peru, El Salvador and Mozambique. As a member of the Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Program, he also provides inpatient pediatric pulmonary hypertension consultation.


James Lin, MD

Associate Physician

James Lin MD is a graduate of Brown University '93 (Sc.B.) and '97 (M.D.). He completed training in pediatrics (2000) and pediatric critical care medicine (2003) at Mass General Hospital for Children, prior to joining the faculty at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Dr. Lin has published original research on diverse topics including the role of dietary lipids and cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme in intestinal inflammation, anti-atherogenic role of COX-2, magnetic separation of COX-2 enzyme products, single cell transfection dynamics of molecular beacons, radiological and clinical predictors of RSV outcomes in critically ill children, the effect of syringe size on reliability and safety of low flow infusions, and the association between red blood cell transfusions and nosocomial infections in PICU patients. His current clinical and research interests include early detection of pediatric critical illness, pediatric intensive care ultrasound, microbiology of chronically ill children, and the evidence basis of pediatric critical care medicine.


Andranik (Andy) Madikians, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Madikians attended medical school at the University of INTEC in the Dominican Republic. He completed his residency and a year of chief residency in Pediatrics at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He did his first 2 years of Critical Care fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and finished the 3rd year at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. He is currently a Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Santa Monica UCLA and Vice Chair of Pediatrics at Santa Monica UCLA.

Dr. Madikians' interests include pediatric traumatic brain injury, central nervous system monitoring modalities in patients on ECMO, and the role of rapid response in patient care. 

Irwin Weiss, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

After graduating Yeshiva University with a degree in Biology and History, Dr. Irwin Weiss attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He did his training in pediatrics at the North Shore / Cornell program and completed his fellowship at the New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Weiss joined the faculty at UCLA directly after training. He created the pediatric intensive care unit database, which now has a record of approximately 15,000 admissions. He is the director of a sub-acute care facility which made him involved with the care of children who are technologically dependent. Dr. Weiss' research interests have been in the field of monitoring and sensors. He published the first clinical trial in pediatrics of a continuous arterial blood gas sensor and he was the first to monitor patients with a multi-parameter conjunctival sensor. His research team was awarded NIH funding for the development of conjunctival sensors and is currently developing a new mode of monitoring of perfusion using the conjunctiva. Dr. Weiss is also very involved with the ethics and limitations of critical care and is currently studying the care of handicapped and approaches to the handycapped in different societies and cultures.