Hospital Appoints New Critical Care Medicine Chief

03/2/2009

Children’s Hospital recently appointed Robert Berg, M.D., as the new chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and The Russell Raphaely Endowed Chair.

Dr. Berg joins Children’s Hospital after spending 20 years as a pediatrician specializing in critical care medicine at The University of Arizona College of Medicine. He served as chief of the Department of Pediatrics’ Critical Care section and, most recently, associate dean for Clinical Affairs.

Dr. Berg is an international leader in research and program development for life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced life support.

In his new role, Dr. Berg will lead the world-renowned Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Program at Children’s Hospital, including 29 faculty members, 15 fellows, and more than 200 nurses. He will also oversee Children’s Hospital’s multi-disciplinary Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the first of its kind in the United States.

Dr. Berg is the only pediatrician recipient of the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium Lifetime Achievement Award as a cardiac resuscitation scientist. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles on cardiac arrest, CPR, and defibrillation, including numerous landmark studies in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Berg is chair-elect of the Basic Life Support Committee of the American Heart Association and past-chair of the Pediatric Resuscitation Committee of the American Heart Association.