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New Leader for Critical Care Medicine: Maya Dewan, MD, MPH

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Maya Dewan, MD, MPH, a board-certified pediatric critical care physician and clinical informatician, has been named division director of Critical Care Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s. 

Dewan was selected after an extensive search chaired by Stuart Goldstein, MD, FAAP, director of the Center for Acute Care Nephrology and medical director of the Pheresis Service, and Kasiani Myers, MD, an associate professor in the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency. She will begin her new role in Dec. 2022.  

Dewan joined Cincinnati Children’s in 2016 as a faculty member in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She’s currently an assistant professor in the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics and a member of the Cincinnati Children’s Division of Critical Care Medicine, the Division of Biomedical Informatics and the James M. Anderson Center for Healthcare Excellence. Dewan also serves as the co-director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program at Cincinnati Children’s.  

Among her recent accolades, Dewan received the Cincinnati Children’s 2019 Resident Faculty Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of her dedication to the education of future physicians. She also received the 2021 Cincinnati Children’s Junior Faculty Service Award.  

“Dr. Dewan is a natural leader who excels in all of our missions,” says Tina Cheng, MD, MPH, chair of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, and chief medical officer for Cincinnati Children’s. “She will lead an exceptionally strong team to new heights.” 

Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Dewan’s research focuses on improving the care of the sickest pediatric patients through increased situation awareness that supports effective prediction and prevention of deterioration in critically ill children. She employs human-centered design and usability, innovative educational techniques, strategic use of the electronic health record, predictive analytics and implementation science.  

At Cincinnati Children’s, Dewan leads the Cardiac Arrest Prevention Collaborative, which seeks to eliminate preventable in-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest. As a result of her work leading Diagnostic Stewardship at Cincinnati Children’s and through collaborations across the institution, her use of clinical decision support and improvement methodologies has led to improvements in goal directed sepsis care, prevention of clinical deterioration, reduction of alarm fatigue and improved health care value.  

Nationally, she is a member of the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines® – Resuscitation Pediatric Research Taskforce as well as the AHA’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee.  

Dewan chairs the Pediatric QI Committee for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and is an Editorial Board Member for its Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Journal, for which she develops visual abstracts to highlight key research in pediatric critical care.  

Dewan completed her medical and public health training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She went on to complete her residency in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, followed by a fellowship in its Division of Critical Care Medicine. In 2018, Dewan earned a graduate certificate in Clinical Informatics at the Oregon Health Services University in Portland. 

“Many thanks to the interim leadership of Erika Stalets, MD, who continues in her institutional leadership roles as associate chief of staff for Critical Care Services,” notes Cheng. “We also have our friend and colleague the late Hector Wong, MD, to thank for the strong foundation he helped to build for the division.”