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Natalie Cvijanovich


Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Oakland
Critical care pediatrician
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Dr. Natalie Cvijanovich is a pediatrician who specializes in caring for children who are in critical condition as a result of traumatic injury, infection, cancer, other illnesses or surgery. Her particular interests include investigating predictors of and treatments for overwhelming infection, optimizing nutrition for patients, and early mobility (encouraging physical activity, such as through physical therapy, to improve patient outcomes). She serves as medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Cvijanovich's research focuses on early identification of children at the highest risk from overwhelming infection and understanding why children respond differently to the same therapy.

Cvijanovich earned her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, serving as chief resident. She completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at the University of Utah Primary Children's Hospital.

  • Education

    Duke University School of Medicine, MD, 1992

  • Residencies

    University of Utah, General Pediatrics, 1997

  • Fellowships

    University of Utah, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2001

  • Academic Title


Helping children and families through the worst of times and seeing their grace, strength and resilience is the most rewarding part of my job.

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