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Patrick McQuillen


Pediatric critical care specialist

Dr. Patrick McQuillen is a pediatric critical care specialist with particular interests in intensive care for children who have neurological conditions and heart conditions.

With colleagues in pediatric neurology, McQuillen leads research on advanced magnetic resonance techniques to assess brain injury in infants requiring cardiopulmonary bypass – a technique for maintaining heart and lung function during surgery – to correct congenital heart disease. The findings will be used to guide clinical trials of strategies for preventing brain injury associated with congenital heart disease.

McQuillen earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego and completed a residency in pediatrics at UCSF. He completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at UCSF and trained in developmental neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining UCSF in 1997. He is a member of the Neonatal Brain Disorders Laboratory and maintains a research program on the mechanisms of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy during brain development.

  • Education

    University of California San Diego, MD, 1991

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Pediatrics, 1994

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pediatric Critical Care, 1997

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Where I see patients (3)

    Selected research

    Decorative Caduceus

    Pediatric Influence of Cooling Duration on Efficacy in Cardiac Arrest Patients (P-ICECAP)

    The VABS-3 score, designed to be administered to surviving children with any level of function including comatose status to age-appropriate neurobehavioral functioning, ranges from 20 to 140 with age-corrected standardized mean an...


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    Fetal surgery firsts

    The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.