Quality pediatric critical care is at the heart of Stony Brook Children's. In our 12-bed, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), we provide the region's most advanced, family-centered critical care to Suffolk County's most seriously ill and injured children. 


The PICU is led by Katharine V. Biagas, MD, FCCM, FAAP.  The prestigious designation of Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM) honors practitioners, researchers, administrators and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the field of critical care. It also indicates that their achievements demonstrate personal and professional commitment to the profession. 

Approximately 800 patients — many of whom are transferred to us from other hospitals — are admitted to Stony Brook Children’s PICU each year. Problems that may need critical care include complicated pre- and post-surgical care, injuries from accidents, serious infections and severe breathing problems. Patients can range in age from infants to early twenties.

While in the PICU, all patients receive close, constant attention from a team of specially trained health professionals overseen by attending pediatric intensivists — physicians specializing in the delivery of critical care to children. These pediatric intensivists are at Stony Brook 24/7. Among the sophisticated services we deliver are: continuous renal replacement therapy (dialysis), high frequency oscillatory ventilation (breathing machine), inhaled nitric oxide therapy, and moderate or deep sedation for children undergoing painful procedures, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

In addition, the Division of Pediatric Critical Care is extensively involved in research, education and family advocacy.