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Pediatric intensivist joins growing group of PICU specialists

When Dr. Victor Uduaghan arrived at the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit in September, he joined a growing team of specialists dedicated to treating children. The PICU formally opened in December 2016.

In July, hospital leadership announced Dr. Mark J. Heulitt, formerly a pediatric intensivist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, had come on board as the medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit.

“Dr. Uduaghan is a perfect addition to help build our pediatric intensive care unit,” said Kevin Hammeran, administrator and CEO of Baptist Children’s Hospital and Baptist Women’s Hospital. “He and Dr. Heulitt form a dynamic team and will help us take our pediatric care to a whole new level.”

Uduaghan served as an assistant professor of pediatrics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he also practiced critical care medicine at various hospitals for 10 years. He earned his medical degree from the University of Benin College of Medicine in Nigeria and completed his internship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. Uduaghan is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Uduaghan obtained a master of public health degree specifically in healthcare policy and management from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City.

A member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Association of Healthcare Quality, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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