Meet Our Team

Our critical care department is comprised of providers with pediatric experience at every level of the care team. 

A Multidisciplinary Team with a Shared Focus

The critical care team in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is made up of highly trained and skilled health care professionals such as:

  • Pediatric intensivists (Pediatricians with specialized training in intensive care medicine)
  • Nurses
  • Advanced practice providers
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Transport team
  • Child life specialists
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Ancillary service workers
  • Dietitians  

This multidisciplinary team is focused on the complete care of your child. Depending on your child’s condition, the care team may extend to medical specialists from other hospital departments, such as pediatric cardiologists, neurologists, pulmonologists, infectious disease specialists and surgical specialists throughout Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.  Many other specialists may be involved with the care of your child including respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, dietitians, child life specialists, and other support services. The Critical Care team works closely with the Emergency Center and LifeLine Pediatric Transport  if your child requires transfer from another hospital.

Johns Hopkins All Children's is an academic teaching hospital, so your child's care team may include pediatric residents and fellows implementing the latest knowledge and techniques in critical care.

Pediatric Residency Program

As a part of the academic mission at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, pediatric residents spend time in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units providing them patient and family experience in a critical care setting. Our program is designed to help residents not only gain the necessary skills and experience dealing with critically ill children, but also to make important decisions about their career in pediatric medicine. For more information, see our Office of Medical Education website.

Pediatric Surgical Fellowship

Our Division of Pediatric Surgery offers a two-year clinical fellowship in pediatric surgery. Fellows will gain experience in the operative setting at Johns Hopkins All Children’s in a variety of subspecialties, including a rotation in Critical Care. This fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). For more information on the Pediatric Surgical Fellowship, visit our Office of Medical Education website.

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (PNM) Fellowship

The cohort-based program offers fellows the opportunity to gain expertise in specific areas of individual interest, through the NICHE’s Cohorts (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Intestinal Rehabilitation, Cardiac, Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy, Extremely Low Birth Weight and Maternal Toxic Stress). Fellows focus on delivering family-engaged patient care through a systems-based model, advocating for patient safety, quality and advancing scientific research and investigation. For more information on the Pediatric Surgical Fellowship, visit our Office of Medical Education website.

Critical Care Medicine

Ladonna Kay Bingham, M.D.

Dr. Bingham manages and oversees care of patients in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. She also is pediatric medical director of the LifeLine critical care transport team at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2005.

Dr. Bingham earned her medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Medical University of South Carolina and her pediatric critical care fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital and the University of Virginia.

She is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Adult Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric International Trauma Life Support. She is also board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care. Dr. Bingham’s educational activities include lecturing and simulation lab facilitation with emphasis on critical care, medical emergency team, massive transfusion, transportation and team building.

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Jennifer Amy Criscola, M.D.

Dr. Criscola completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. She graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis.

During her fellowship, Dr. Criscola was a member of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit-Based Joint Practice Committee. She also participated in research on the development of a novel animal model of inflicted childhood neurotrauma in immature rats at the Johns Hopkins University Brain Science Institute.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. Criscola was an in-house on-call physician covering a 30-bed inpatient spine and brain injury hospital and 16-bed neurobehavioral unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric critical care medicine.

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Usama Azar Hanhan, M.D.

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Elliot Melendez, M.D.

Dr. Melendez is a pediatric critical care attending physician in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Department of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include pediatric septic shock and critical asthma care. He joined the hospital staff in 2016. Previously, he worked in a variety of roles, including critical care and emergency medicine, at Boston Children's Hospital and at other Boston-area hospitals.

Dr. Melendez received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and trained in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital through the Boston Combined Residency Program. Dr. Melendez then completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an additional fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

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Thomas Alan Nakagawa, M.D.

Dr. Nakagawa joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in April 2016 as chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He is also a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine PAR (pending academic review). Previously Dr. Nakagawa was a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics and section head for pediatric critical care medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as medical director of pediatric critical care medicine and director of respiratory care at Brenner Children’s Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Health.

He is recognized as a national and international leader in organ donation and transplantation.  He has worked with policy and guideline development and served as national faculty for the Organ Donation and Organ Transplantation Collaborative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources Services Administration. In 2011 and 2013 he chaired the National Pediatric Organ Donation Summits sponsored by HHS. He was also the lead author for the 2011 multi-society (Society of Critical Care Medicine [SCCM], American Academy of Pediatrics and Child Neurology Society) Revised Guidelines for the Determination of Brain Death in Infants in Children.

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Julia Rachel Noether, M.D.

Dr. Noether completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medicine. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, she did a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Medicine and was a pediatric hospitalist at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md.

During her fellowship, Dr. Noether was chief administrative fellow for the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also served on the division’s pediatric critical care curriculum development committee, pediatric critical care evaluation committee and the cardiac working group committee. Dr. Noether also participated in research on focused cardiac ultrasound during pediatric cardiac arrests and video laryngoscopy in trainee intubation education.

Dr. Noether is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric critical care medicine.

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Nick William Parilla, M.D.

Dr. Parilla is a physician in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He joined the hospital staff in 2015.

Dr. Parilla earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. He trained in pediatrics at SUNY Albany Medical College/Albany Medical Center Hospital in New York, where he also served as pediatric chief resident. He then completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. Dr. Parilla’s clinical interests include diagnosis, monitoring, and intensive care management of disease, conditions, injuries and after-effects of surgery in pediatric patients, which may result in organ system dysfunction or failure.

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Anthony Alexander Sochet, M.D.

Dr. Sochet is a physician in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He joined the hospital staff in 2016.

Dr. Sochet earned his medical degree at Florida State University College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at University of South Florida College of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s National Medical Center where he earned a distinction as an educator with a Golden Apple Award at Children’s National Medical Center and a Certificate of Excellence in Graduate Medical Education at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Sochet holds a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research from the George Washington University. His research interests include the identification of modifiable risk factors for acute respiratory failure, non-invasive neuropulmonary monitoring, optimal nutrition delivery during critical illness, and cognitive and team science outcomes in healthcare transitions of care.

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Sue Subha Sreedhar, M.D.

Dr. Sreedhar is a critical care and palliative care physician in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Her clinical focus is on aggressive and holistic patient-centered care in the PICU and teaching the next generation of critical care clinicians. She joined the hospital staff in 2016.

Dr. Sreedhar received her medical degree from Madurai Medical College in Madurai, India. She trained in pediatrics at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Md., where she served as chief resident in pediatrics and completed a critical care fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in California.  

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Beatriz Elena Teppa Sanchez, M.D.

Dr. Teppa is a physician in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2016.

Dr. Teppa earned her medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela Medical School in Caracas, Venezuela. She trained in pediatrics at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

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Elizabeth Winans Tucker, M.D.

Dr. Tucker works in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2015 after finishing her pediatric critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is also dually appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Her clinical focus is in pediatric intensive care with a particular interest in neurocritical care and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Her research focuses on investigating the inflammatory response in central nervous system tuberculosis in the developing brain.

Dr. Tucker earned her medical degree at Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency and her pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Tucker is certified in advanced cardiovascular life support, pediatric advanced life support and advanced trauma life support. 

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