Gwen E. Erkonen, MD, M.Ed


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-6230
Fax: 832-825-5929

Contact Information

6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
United States
Texas US

Co-Director of Medical Humanities Committee

Texas Children's Hospital

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Critical Care, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Iowa masters Masters of Medical Education 2014
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic fellowship Pediatric Critical Care 2010
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics residency Pediatrics 2007
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine medical school Doctor of Medicine 2004


I do my best to foster family centered care within the PICU and CVICU. Having a sick child with a complex diagnosis induces untold stress and frustration on the family. Rounding at the bedside, including families in rounds and promoting as much family involvement in daily care as is appropriate is a crucial part of good ICU care. 

Clinical Interests:

I divide my clinical time between the PICU and the CVICU. I am also a member of the ECMO team.

Research Interests:

My primary focus is on the use of narrative medicine to mitigate physician burnout. I have several educational projects focused on using literature and writing with trainees to help foster wellness while maintaining compassion and empathy. I am currently working with the LEAD pediatric residents multiple times a year on a variety of narrative medicine projects. In addition, I am working with the global health residents on parallel charting. Finally, I am developing a medical humanities committee.

Selected Publications

Labarinas S, Meulmester K, Greene S, Thomas J, Virk M, Erkonen G.  Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation After Diphenhydramine Ingestion. J Med Toxicol 2018 Sep;14(3):253-256. doi: 10.1007/s13181-018-0672-6. Epub 2018 Jun 28. PMID: 29956117.

Erkonen GE, Hanfland RA.  Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: The Case Against Palliative Surgery.  Am J Bioeth 2017 Jul;17(7):71-72. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2017.1314053. No abstract available. PMID:28661741.

Longmuir SQ, McConnell L, Oral R, Dumitrescu A, Kamath S, Erkonen G.  Retinal hemorrhages in intubated pediatric intensive care patients.  J AAPOS 2014 Apr;18(2):129-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2013.12.005.PMID: 24698608.