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.