Meet Pediatric Critical Care Specialist Richard Pierce, MD

Meet Pediatric Critical Care Specialist Richard Pierce, MD


– I always knew I wanted
to work with children and I always knew I wanted to work in critical care medicine.
(gentle music) For any child that’s
critically ill that goes home and comes back to the
hospital they come to us. And we even see children
older than 18 years of age if they’re followed by
pediatricians for diseases that they had in childhood. We see a lot of respiratory
infection of lungs in children specifically
less than two years of age, and many of them can get severe and need mechanical ventilation which is one of the things that we do. There are a lot of discoveries being made. There’s a lot of research
going on in pediatric critical care that really
is essential to helping them get the best care that
they can while they’re sick and improving their
outcomes when they’re able to leave the critical care unit. What I like best about my job
is probably seeing children that come into us critically ill, walk out of the unit. Many times a smile on their faces and a toy in their hand,
waving goodbye to us, doing a lot better than
when we first met them.