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Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-826-6230


6651 Main StreetMC E1420
MC E1420
Houston, TX 77030

Barbara-Jo Achuff, MD, FAAP

Attending Physician, Department of Critical Care Medicine

Texas Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia fellowship Pediatric Critical Care 2014
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia residency Pediatrics 1999
Jefferson Medical College medical school Doctor of Medicine 1992


I have dedicated my career to the care of children with critical cardiac disease. The sophisticated and highly complex care of such patients requires working within a specialized team to deliver superior care. The team must work in beautiful harmony to create and perform an integrated care plan for both child and family. Clinical Interests: I have a special interest in the pain management and sedation practice with critically ill infants and children in the cardiac intensive care unit. Research Interests: My research interests follow my clinical interests in that I am currently evaluating and formulating personalized pain management and sedation practices to bring high quality and patient appropriate management to the bedside in the cardiac intensive care unit.


Organization Name Role
Lifesong International, Inc.
Founder and Medical Director; Non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to facilitate the delivery of healthcare services and physical aid to hurting and impoverished people by sending and supporting medical and support personnel to those in nee
Pediatric Extracorporeal Outcomes Registry (PEDECOR) Member; Data collection for pediatric mechanical support from ECMO, national registry including multiple institutions across the country
Sedation Stewardship Committee, Cardiac Critical Care, Texas Children’s Hospital

Member; Multidisciplinary team with the mission to evaluate and formulate high quality sedation practices within the cardiac intensive care unit (CVICU)

Selected Publications

Achuff BJ, Nicolson SC, Elci OU, Zuppa AF: Intraoperative dexmedetomidine reduces postoperative mechanical ventilation in infants after open heart surgery. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 2015 Jun;16(5):440-7.

Achuff BJ, Rossano JR, Mascio CE, Fuller S, Gaynor, JW: HeartWare third-generation implantable continuous flow pump as biventricular support in adolescent with acute myocarditis after ECMO. Case Report, Poster Presentation PCICS Miami 2014, SCCM January 2015.

Achuff BJ, Elias MD, O’ Connor M, et al: Risk Factors for Mortality in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Patients Managed with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Contemporary Review. Poster presentation ACC, Chicago, IL April 2016; manuscript submission Pediatric Critical Care Medicine May 2016.

Elias MD, Achuff BJ, O’Connor M, et al: Long-term outcomes of pediatric cardiac patients supported by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Poster presentation ACC, Chicago, IL April 2016; manuscript submission Pediatrics. May 2016.

Achuff BJ, Achuff JC, Moffet B, Rusin CG, Checchia PA: Epinephrine Syringe Exchange Events in a Pediatric Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit: Analyzing the Storm; Poster presentation at PICC World Congress, Toronto, Canada, June 2016; manuscript submission Pediatric Critical Care Medicine June 2016.

Achuff BJ, Boyer D, Madrigal VA: Calculations. In: Shah SS, Zaoutis LB, Catallozzi M, Frank G (Eds). The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics. Second Edition. New York, McGraw-Hill Education, 2016, pp 34-40.

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