Our Team

ECMO Medical Director

It is an honor and a privilege to care for children and families both here in Houston and in limited resource settings. Clinical Interests: Innovative approaches to treatment of cardiopulmonary failure. Ethics at the extremes of technology and viability. Designing culturally appropriate and... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230

ECMO Surgical Director

Dr. Adam Vogel was born and raised in Hauppauge, New York. As a child and teenager he had frequent visits to his family pediatrician which, combined with an interested in biologic sciences evolved into a desire to pursue a career in medicine and to help sick children. His passion for problem... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135

Associate Medical Director and Lead, Cardiovascular Intensive Care

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart disease, cardiac disease, ECMO, International collaboration Research Interests: Simulation applications to health care and their impact in patient safety

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230

Lead, Congenital Heart Surgery

Dr. Adachi has written extensively regarding surgical, morphological, and physiological aspects of congenitally malformed hearts. His clinical and research interests also include pediatric heart failure and mechanical circulatory support including ventricular assist device and total artificial... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street Legacy Tower, 21st Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-2030

Lead, Critical Care Medicine

In my role as medical director, I strive to evaluate the quality of patient care that is provided in our intensive care units in a collaborative effort with our hospital and nursing partners.  We constantly attempt to find creative solutions to new problems while trying to constantly provide... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230

Lead, Neonatal Medicine

Dr. Caraciolo Fernandes is an academic neonatologist whose clinical experience and training spans three different countries/continents (India/Asia, Australia and the United States) and over three decades. He has been at Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine since 1994. In Texas Children’... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Pavilion for Women 6621 Fannin Street, W6104 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-1380

Lead, Transfusion Medicine

Dr. Teruya has extensive experience and expertise in patients with bleeding and thrombosis, pheresis procedures, and blood component therapy. He was an adult hematologist in Japan, and trained in Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine/Coagulation at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite WB1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-5850

Lead, Pharmacy

Jennifer Morris, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, FCCM



Lead, ECMO Services

I am fully committed to helping our ECMO program grow to be one of the best pediatric ECMO centers in the world.  With the faculty and staff that we have, we are well on our way.

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6049

Lead, Primers and ECMO Specialists

Cole Burgman, CCP



Pediatric ECMO physicians

Clinical Interests: • Intensive Care Nephrology • Acute kidney injury • Acute liver failure / MARS (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System) Research Interests: • CRRT (continuous renal replacement therapy) • Nutrition on acute dialysis • Cardiorenal syndrome • Hepatorenal syndrome

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Simply put, I am dedicated to providing empathetic care that is of the highest quality.  I am devoted to fostering and promoting inter-disciplinary teamwork and collaboration which will accomplish this mission.  I am equally dedicated to educating our next generation of healthcare providers in how... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
I am dedicated as a clinician to providing high quality, safe, and compassionate care of critically ill children in the ICU.  I have additional training and interest in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the Pediatric ICU setting as well as the NICU and CVICU.  I am also one of a small team of... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3300 (Pulmonary) | 832-826-6230 (Critical Care)
Care for critically ill children requires not only an understanding of the disease, but of the child and family affected by the disease as well.  My approach to providing care to these children and their families is to always keep in mind “what would I want if it were one of my children?” and... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3300 (Pulmonary) | 832-826-6230 (Critical Care)
Dr. Desai is interested in the molecular mechanisms of cardiac dysfunction in cirrhotic liver diseases. Along with his mentor, Dr. Saul Karpen, he has shown a new form of cardiomyopathy in infants and children with end stage cirrhotic liver disease secondary to biliary atresia and have shown that... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Caring for children in the intensive care setting is a collaboration among families, subspecialists, and nursing.  The team approach is essential to progressing care and communicating with families.   Clinical  Interests: CVICU, ECMO, Palliative care   Research Interests: Narrative... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street WT6-006 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-6230
I am a pediatrician with specialized training to care for critically ill children of all ages. We take care of the sickest of the sick and see families in their most vulnerable moments. This requires a multidisciplinary approach where the clinical team must partner every day with each and every... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Kennedy's primary research focus is on predictive modeling of cardiac arrest in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Through application of predictive modeling and data mining algorithms on physiologic and laboratory data trends, he is pursuing the creation of a clinically useful predictive... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
As an intensivist, I am focused on providing excellent care to all patients, and helping families cope with the stress of having an ill child. I treat all patients as how I would like my family members to be treated, with respect and patience. I welcome family members to our rounds in order to... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Loftis continues as the Baylor liaison to the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators group. She is the Baylor Principal Investigator for several multi-institutional clinical research trials, including examining the genetics of severe influenza infections, and studying the... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Nguyen's research interest is focused on coagulopathy in critically ill children. He is currently under the mentorship of Dr. Miguel Cruz in the Thrombosis Research Section at the Baylor College of Medicine. In the lab, Dr. Nguyen is investigating whether ADAMTS-13 and von Willebrand factors... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Orellana has focused his research on the influence of development on the molecular mechanisms that regulate muscle protein metabolism during critical illness, aiming to develop nutritional support therapies for children in intensive care. By using the neonatal pig as a model for the human... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Roy's academic interests focus on the intersection of quality improvement, education, and evidence based medicine. Through administrative projects, educational programs, and research in these areas he is attempting to find new ways of improving patient safety , educating medical providers, and... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Critical care is delivered best when there is a strong therapeutic alliance between the multidisciplinary team of providers and families. Clinical Interests: ECMO, septic shock Research Interests: Collaborative, multi institutional approach to management of extracorporeal therapy Anticoagulation... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
I am dedicated to improving the outcomes for critically ill children through providing an excellent clinical service, academic research, and through education of our own clinicians and also of our neighbors and external stakeholders. My personal research interests lie in the fields of... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Tcharmtchi is the program director for Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program, the largest pediatric critical care medicine fellowship training program in the world. His main focus is on the education of fellows to competent academician leading them to the forefront of the delivery and... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230

Neonatal ECMO physicians

Every kid deserves the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential from the first minute they are alive. Research interests BPD and ECMO

Address: 6621 Fannin Street SWT6104 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-1380


Address: Texas Children's Pavilion for Women 6651 Main Street, Suite F.0720.40 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-1380
My interests are a combination of clinical care and the medical education of our neonatology fellows, pediatric residents, and Baylor College of Medicine students, Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. Clinical research also has a central role in all that we do and I am attempting to integrate more time... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Pavilion for Women 6621 Fannin Street, 6th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-1380
Professional Interests: Infant Mortality Health Disparities Prematurity Patient Advocacy Newborn Screening

Address: Texas Children's Pavilion for Women 6621 Fannin Street, 6th Floor, West Tower Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-1380


Address: Texas Children's Pavilion for Women 6621 Fannin Street, 6th Floor, West Tower Houston, TX United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-1380
Professional Interests: GI and Lung Microbiome of Preterm Neonates And Correlation With BPD Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation management and outcomes


Phone: 832-826-1380
My clinical and research interest includes respiratory distress of preterm infants, surfactant administration and chronic lung disease of prematurity, bronchopulmonary displasia. I am focusing on providing the best, evidence based quality of care for the tiniest premature infants. I am interested... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Pavilion for Women 6651 Main Street, Suite F0720.06 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-1380
My goal is to provide the best quality of care to the sickest infants and their families. I focus on providing excellent family centered care in my practice, utilizing the knowledge of all team members and the family. Clinical  Interests: My clinical areas of interest are management of infants... Read more


Phone: 832-826-1830
Dr. Speer is currently involved in defining the roles that patient safety and health literacy play in health-care delivery systems within the paradigm of neonatal-perinatal medicine.


Phone: 832-826-1830
My clinical interests are focused on providing the highest quality of care for neonates with complex illnesses to ensure the best outcomes possible. My philosophy of care is to ensure that each patient has: 1) each of their problems optimally and completely addressed based on the latest available... Read more


Phone: 832-826-1830

Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Sundeep Keswani is a member of the fetal surgery team and is the principal investigator for the Laboratory for Regenerative Tissue Repair. Dr. Keswani completed his adult general surgery training at Louisiana State University in his hometown of New Orleans and completed his pediatric surgery... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135
Dr. Timothy Lee is a member of the fetal surgery team. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in 2001, continued at BCM to pursue his residency in general surgery and completed his fellowship in pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2010. He... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135
Dr. Lopez has experience in all aspects of neonatal and pediatric surgery, with special clinical interest in complex gastrointestinal surgery and endocrine surgery. Her research is focused on the design and implementation of surgical clinical trials, evidence-based practice guidelines, and... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: 3023 Kirby Dr. Suite 201 Houston, TX 77098 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135
Dr. Mazziotti is primarily a clinical pediatric surgeon and delivers surgical care to Texas Children's Health Centers in Cy-Fair and Sugar Land, in addition to his practice at Texas Children's. He has special interest and training in minimally invasive surgery and specialized expertise in pectus... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Cy-Fair Health Center 11777 FM 1960 West Houston, TX 77065 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Sugar Land Health Center 15400 Southwest Fwy., Suite 200 Sugar Land, TX 77478 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: TCH Pearland Obstetrics & Gynecology 9003 Broadway Street Pearland, TX 77584 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135
Dr. Minifee's primary focus is on the clinical practice of pediatric surgery in an educational setting and he delivers surgical care at Texas Children's Hospital in the medical center.  Dr. Minifee has a commitment to education and combines education and technology as he mentors Baylor College of... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: 3023 Kirby Dr. Suite 201 Houston, TX 77098 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135
Dr. Naik-Mathuria was born in Mombasa, Kenya, a small town where her parents practiced family medicine for many years. Ever since she can recall, she has wanted to be a doctor like her parents, and to help children. She and her family moved to Houston when she was 14 years old, and she graduated... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135
Dr. Nuchtern is a pediatric surgeon specializing in pediatric surgical oncology. In addition to performing general neonatal and pediatric surgery, he is a member of the Surgical Oncology Team at Texas Children's Hospital and is actively involved with taking care of patients with neuroblastoma,... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135
Dr. Olutoye is Co-Director of the Texas Children's Fetal Center and fetal surgery team member, as well as a general pediatric surgeon. Dr. Olutoye received his medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, in 1988 and his PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135
Dr. Rodriguez is a general pediatric surgeon with research interests in improving outcomes and quality of care for pediatric trauma patients and in clinical trials to improve outcomes following general pediatric surgical operations. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in General... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands 17580 I-45 South, 3rd Floor, Orange Pod The Woodlands, TX 77384 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Cy-Fair Health Center 11777 FM 1960 West Houston, TX 77065 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 936-267-7333 (The Woodlands)
Dr. Sohail R. Shah is a board-certified pediatric surgeon, with advanced minimally invasive surgery training, that provides care in all aspects of neonatal and pediatric surgery.  He is also the Surgical Director of Perioperative Services at Texas Children's Hospital.  Dr. Shah has special... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campuis 6701 Fannin Street, 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Sugar Land Health Center 15400 Southwest Fwy., Suite 200 Sugar Land, TX 77478 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135
Dr. Shawn J. Stafford entered medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina after serving an eight-year enlistment in the United States Navy. He went on to complete a residency at Louisiana State University. During his time at LSU he was involved in research looking at angiogenesis... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands 17580 I-45 South, 3rd Floor The Woodlands, TX 77384 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Kingwood Specialty Care at Kingwood Glen 19298 W. Lake Houston Pkwy, Suite 110 Humble, TX 77346 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 936-267-7333 (The Woodlands) | 281-812-0280 (Kingwood)
Dr. Vasudevan is a pediatric surgeon who specializes in pediatric surgical oncology. In addition to performing general neonatal and pediatric surgery, he is a member of the Surgical Oncology Program at Texas Children's Hospital and is actively involved... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, 8th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: TCH Pearland Obstetrics & Gynecology 9003 Broadway Street Pearland, TX 77584 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3135

Transfusion Medicine

Research Interests: Dr. Hensch is a member of the Division of Transfusion Medicine and Coagulation.  Her primary research interests include developing evidence-based strategies for safe transfusion in the pediatric patient population.  She is also actively involved in several research projects... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite WB1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-5850
Dr. Hui specializes in transfusion medicine and coagulation. He covers the blood bank and coagulation services and serves as a consultant for the apheresis service. Dr. Hui's scope of clinical services is a direct reflection of his research interest in congenital and acquired bleeding disorders... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite WB1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-5850
Research Interests: Dr. Losos specializes in transfusion medicine, coagulation, and therapeutic apheresis. His interests include peripheral blood stem cell collection, coagulation factor inhibitors, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. He is board certified in blood banking/transfusion... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite WB1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-5850

ECMO Primers




Bonnie Hedrick, BSN, CCRN



Kathy Kibler, CCP



Abraham Valayil, RRT