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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric critical care research


Madan Dharmar, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Dharmar's area of interest is health services research, specifically in quality of care and satisfaction of care in children. His research focus is in the development of quality measures to evaluate health care. He is currently working on research projects evaluating the impact of telemedicine in the pediatric critical care consultation and child abuse consultation in Northern California.

James Marcin, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Marcin conducts research in pediatric telemedicine and quality of care, particularly as it relates to acutely ill and injured children in the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit.  He leads research in telemedicine, and how telemedicine can improve quality of care and reduce medication errors among children with a variety of diseases.  Dr. Marcin also conducts research in quality of care using large patient databases.

JoAnne Natale, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Natale conducts research aimed at understanding and limiting delayed brain damage after traumatic injury in infants and children. In the clinical setting, her research focus is on improving quality of care, including process improvement research and research into optimizing sedation strategies in critically ill children.

Robert Pretzlaff, M.D.

Dr. Pretzlaff conducts research in the medical decision making in the critical care environment. Additional interests include the use of hypothermia as a therapeutic modality in brain injury.