Alexandre T. Rotta, MD, FCCM, was recently named chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, effective March 1, 2019.
After completing a medical doctorate at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in his native country of Brazil, Dr. Rotta completed residency training in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University where he was also chief resident. He then completed postgraduate fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Here, he developed a passion for cardiorespiratory physiology and began pursuing research interests in mechanical ventilation and perfluorochemical-assisted gas exchange.
Following faculty appointments at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, and the Indiana University School of Medicine, he has spent the last five years as the Linsalata Endowed Chair in Pediatric Critical Care and Emergency Medicine and chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In addition, he has spent the last two years as interim chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.
Dr. Rotta has authored or coauthored more than two dozen textbook chapters and nearly 150 papers and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, primarily about mechanical ventilation in infants and children. He also is a frequent invited presenter at medical meetings and symposia across the United States and internationally, including several presentations at Beijing Children’s Hospital, Beijing, China as well as many at hospitals and universities in his native Brazil. He is a reviewer for many of the leading medical journals in his field, including Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and the Journal of Critical Care. His current research interests include neurocognitive effects of critical illness, the impact of social determinants in pediatric critical illness, pediatric in-flight medical emergencies, and answering clinically-relevant questions using large datasets.
Dr. Rotta’s impressive strengths as a clinician, researcher, educator and mentor make him the ideal leader for our Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and we are fortunate that he will be serving in this new role in the department," says Ann M. Reed, MD, Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and physician-in-chief of Duke Children's.