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Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

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The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is a special unit located at Holtz Children’s Hospital. In the CICU care is given to infants, children and young adults undergoing treatment for a variety of heart conditions. Located adjacent to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the CICU is staffed by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine pediatric cardiologists trained in providing intensive care and cardiac specialty services. The CICU not only provides the best medical care for sick children, but it also accommodates the needs of families and loved ones who are caring for them. The unit has private, comfortable rooms where parents or guardians are welcome to stay with their children, allowing them to play an active role in their treatment and recovery.

The CICU is equipped with:

  • State-of-the-art monitoring equipment
  • Two operating rooms, specifically designed for pediatric cardiac surgeries
  • Catheterization lab, specifically designed for pediatric patients

This unique and centralized care environment optimizes daily interactions and care for our patients and their families. Our family-centered spaces include:

  • Recreational areas
  • Quiet room for parents to talk or discuss treatment options with their physicians
  • Computer lab
  • Shower facilities

The Transport Program

A dedicated Prenatal/Pediatric Transport Team provides service for transfer of patients in need of urgent care to Holtz Children’s Hospital. The team is composed of physicians, nurses and respiratory technicians specifically trained to care for the sickest of patients in need of safe and rapid transportation to Holtz. Patients from within the United States, Central and South America are routinely transported by ground, fixed wing or helicopter when needed. Transport can be arranged by calling our central office number 305.585.6683. The CICU can also be reached 24 hours a day at 305.585.5687.

Inpatient Team Members

Konstantinos Boukas, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Athens, School of Medicine, Athens, Greece
Residency: Miami Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Intensive Care Fellowship: Holtz Children’s Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Email: kboukas@med.miami.edu

Asumthia Jeyapalan, D.O.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University Downers Grove, IL
Pediatric Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX
Email: ajeyapalan@med.miami.edu

Michael Nares, M.D.
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Residency: Holtz Children’s Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship: Holtz Children’s Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Email: mnares@med.miami.edu

Brent Pfeiffer, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Missouri Colombia, Columbia, MO
Residency: Holtz Children’s Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Pediatriac Critical Care Fellowship: Holtz Children’s Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Email: Bpfeiffer@med.miami.edu

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