McMaster University

McMaster University

Division of Critical Care: child in hospital bed
Contact Information

For Administrative Queries Contact:

Dr Robert Yates
Division Head

For Fellowship Program Queries Contact:

Dr. Cynthia Cupido
Fellowship Director

Health Sciences Centre, 3E20

1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON    L8S 4K1

Health Sciences Centre, 3E20

1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON    L8S 4K1

905-521-2100 905-521-2100, ext.76610
Fax: 905-570-8973 Fax: 905-570-8973
Em: yatesr1@mcmaster.ca Em: cupidc@mcmaster.ca

Division of Critical Care

About Critical Care

The Michael G. DeGroote Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is a 12-bed unit that functions as a referral centre for the regions of Waterloo-Wellington and Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant (LHIN's 3 and 4), which serves a community of 2.2 million people. The unit is located on the third floor in the yellow section of McMaster Children's Hospital. The PICU is a general medical/surgical critical care centre for pediatric patients aged 17 and under, except for premature infants.

Care in the PICU is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of: pediatric intensivists, specialized pediatric critical care nurses, RRCPs, clinical pharmacists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, a dietitian, child life specialists and chaplains. The PICU also supports the McMaster Children’s Hospital Pediatric Critical Care Response Team also known as the PACE Team. PACE provides acute assessment and management of critically ill children within the hospital and provides extramural support to the region by providing 24/7 telephone access to a pediatric intensivist who is available to offer advice to community physicians regarding patient management or transport.

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care has a strong research and educational mandate. ┬áMany Division members hold a variety of research grants; have contributed important academic work to the critical care landscape; and are members of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. McMaster University’s Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and provides a robust anchor for the education of undergraduate and postgraduate students from a variety of disciplines. The fellowship program accepts applications for both eligible Canadian and International trainees interested in pursuing a career in Pediatric Critical Care medicine.

Division Members

Dr. Robert Yates
Associate Professor,
Medical Director

Dr. Cynthia Cupido
Associate Professor,
Fellowship Director

Dr. Karen Choong
Associate Professor,

Dr. Rob Lloyd
Associate Professor

Dr. Melissa Parker
Associate Professor

Dr. Naveen Sidhu
Assistant Professor

Dr. Arif Somani
Associate Professor
Interim Medical Lead, PACE

Mark Duffett
Assistant Professor (Part-time)

Educational Resources for Trainees

The Division of Critical Care provides current trainees with online access to helpful resources including: orientatation materials, suggested readings, calendar of events, and more.

Application and Elective Information for Fellows & Residents

The following provides information on how to apply to the Critical Care Fellowship Program and the procedure for Residents wanting to apply for electives:


PICU LIBER8
The PICU is proud to present an innovative eight-part care bundle specifically created for critically ill children to help them rehabilitate early, minimize PICU acquired complications, and recover! Please click here for a the video.


Critical Care Research

Important information for faculty and learners interested in conducting research in the PCCU. Read more...


PCCU Researcher Honoured

Dr. Melissa Parker was recognized at the Hamilton Health Sciences Research Gala as one of five New Investigators to win a HHS Early Career Award. The award provides funding to support novice investigators focus on new programs of research and advance their scientific careers.


Michael G. DeGroote Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The brand new, state of the art Pediatric Critical Care Unit is now up and running thanks to the $10 million donation from Michael G. DeGroote and the support of the government of Ontario.

Critical Care Division Head, Dr. Cynthia Cupido was featured in a Hamilton Spectator article announcing the grand opening of the facility. Read the article: "McMaster opens new pediatric intensive care unit".


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