Critical Care

 Dr. Iain Johnstone

Dr. Iain Johnstone, Division Head

The Division of Critical Care provides leadership and excellence in the provision of critical care to children in British Columbia. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a 22-bed level 1 unit that serves as the only comprehensive intensive care facility, other than the newborn nursery, for surgical, medical and cardiac patients in this province. There are over 1,000 admissions to the PICU annually. The PICU works in collaboration with the PICU in Victoria, a 4 bed level 3 unit. The PICU provides 24 hour support of the sickest children in BC, with in house resident and senior fellow support, 1:1 or 1:2 nurse patient ratios and in house respiratory therapy.

In addition to excellence in clinical care, the Division also provides leadership in research and education of health care professionals and the general public with respect to the provision of pediatric critical and intensive care.


Research activity is supported by a research assistant/coordinator, with multiple clinical trials ongoing.

Dr. Pitfield is the research supervisor for the pediatric critical care training program.

Gordon Krahn is the research coordinator and provides support for individual and multicentre research.

The UBC pediatric critical care training program is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The program is based at BC's Children's Hospital, which is the only tertiary care pediatric facility in BC, serving a population of approximately 4,500,000.

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The clinical service of the Division remains busy, with over 1,000 admissions to the PICU annually in each of the past two years. Division physicians also coordinated over 600 acute pediatric transports to Children's Hospital each year. The Extra Corporeal Life Support (ECLS) program, now in its third year, continues to be successful and 45 patients in total have now been treated. The Technology Dependent Unit (TDU), under the leadership of Dr. Adderley, continues to support increasing numbers of patients in the hospital and in local communities.


Dr. Iain Johnstone, BSc MB ChB FRCPCH, Clinical Associate Professor and Division Head
Mary M. Bennett, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Associate Professor
Arthur F. Cogswell, MB BS, FRACP, FFICANZCA, Clinical Associate Professor
Michael D. Seear, BSc, MB ChB, FRCPC, Clinical Professor
Peter W. Skippen, MB BS, FRCPC, FFICANZCA, Clinical Professor
David F. Wensley, BSc MB ChB FRCPCH, Clinical Professor
Niranjan "Tex" Kissoon, MD, FRCP(C), FAAP, FCCM, FACPE, Professor
Andrew J. Macnab, MD, FRCPC, MRCS, LRCP, Professor
Mona Singal, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Pitfield, Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Fellows:

Sachin Desai
Saskia Coetzee
Susan Kelly
Karlien Oosthuizen

Subspecialty Resident:

Haley de Vries
Gaby Yang


Jennifer Fox, Administrative Assistant to Division Head