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Texas Medical Center

Critical Care
Phone: 832-826-6230
Fax: 832-825-6229


6651 Main Street
MC E140
Houston, TX 77030

Erik R. Su, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Stanford University School of Medicine Fellowship Senior Fellowship in Cardiovascular Intensive Care 2019
National Board of Echocardiography Certification Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography, Testamur 2013
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Fellowship Neurocritical Care and Resuscitation Research 2012
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 2010
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Residency Pediatrics 2004
Eastern Virginia Medical School Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2001


As a cardiac intensive care physician, my goal is facilitating crucial therapies for children and adults with critical health needs and heart disease. I value working with multidisciplinary teams that share this mission, as well as for helping develop areas of cardiovascular intensive care as a specialty.

Clinical Interests:

Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Critical Care Ultrasound and Imaging

Neurocritical Care

Research Interests:

I helped found the Pediatric Research Collaborative on Critical Ultrasound (PeRCCUS) within the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) research network. This is a multi-institutional international collaborative studying the education and use of Critical Care Ultrasound. I am enthusiastic about ultrasound and can see it used responsibly as a way for understanding and managing of critically ill adults and children. In this arena I have studied the various ways it impacts patients, and am always interested in projects on how we can optimally apply it towards providing our patients the best care.


Organization Name Role
American Society of Echocardiography Member
Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Scientific Committee Member
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Associate Editor, Visual Abstract Editor
Society of Critical Care Medicine Adult and Pediatric Neuromonitoring Course Task Force Member, Current Concepts—Pediatric Committee Member
Texas Ultrasound Collaborative Founding Member

Selected Publications

Levitov A, Frankel HL, Blaivas M, Kirkpatrick AW, Su E, Evans D, Summerfield DT, Slonim A, Breitkreutz R, Price M, McLaughlin M, Marik PE, Elbarbary M. Guidelines for the appropriate use of bedside general and cardiac ultrasonography by the intensivist in the evaluation of critically ill patients—Part II: cardiac ultrasonography. Crit Care Med, 2016 Jun;44(6):1206-27.

Corcoran A, Palma J, Su E. Clinician-Operated Ultrasound. In: Pediatric Surgery and Medicine for Hostile Environments. Second Edition. Edited by Creamer KJ, Fuenfer MM. 2016

Steffen K, Thompson WR, Pustavoitau A, Su E. Return of viable cardiac function following sonographic cardiac standstill in pediatric cardiac arrest. Pediatr Emer Care. 2017 Jan 33(1):58-59.

Su E, Dalesio N, Pustavoitau A. Point-of-care ultrasound in pediatric anesthesiology and critical care medicine. Can J Anaesth. 2018 Apr 65(4):485-98.

Willett RC, Riggs RJ, Su E. Bedside Ultrasound in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In: Critical Heart Disease in Infants and Children. Edited by Ungerleider R, Nelson-McMillan K, Meliones J, Jacobs JP, Cooper D. Third Edition. 2018.

Bhargava V, Tawfik D, Tan YJ, Dunbar T, Haileselassie B, Su E. Ultrasonographic Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter Measurement to Detect Intracranial Hypertension in Children with Neurological Injury: A Systematic Review. Pediatr Crit Care Med 2020 Sep 21(9):e858-e868.

Percy A. Faculty Advisors: Su E, Ngo TL. Procedures. In: The Johns Hopkins Hospital: The Harriet Lane Handbook. Edited by Kleinman K. Twenty-Second Edition. 2020.

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