Nikoleta S. Kolovos, M.D.

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine
Critical Care Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2527

Research Interests

My research interest encompasses the safe and effective delivery of healthcare to children. Children are amongst the most vulnerable users of the health care system, frequently unable to state when they are experiencing a change in their clinical status or an alteration in a standard of care. We have participated in several multicenter trials to delineate ways to best deliver care to children, including a study to investigate trigger tools for unexpected events. We are currently participating in a multicenter trial to evaluate sedation practices in children. Additionally, our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit studied and published a novel error reporting tool. Our Rapid Response Team, launched in 2008, has been associated with a fifty percent reduction in our code rate and a substantial impact on hospital mortality. We have recently implemented the Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) with the expectation it will provide further improvement in outcome.


  • BS, University of Pittsburgh1991
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine1996


  • Residency in Pediatrics, University of Michigan Health System1996 - 1999
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Michigan Health System1999 - 2002
  • Intermountain Health Care Advanced Training program in Health Care Delivery Improvement2006
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training2006
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement Patient Safety Officer Executive Development Program2009

Licensure and Board Certification

  • MO, State of Missouri Medical License
  • 1996National Board of Medical Examiners
  • 2004American Board of Pediatrics
  • 2004American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • 2006American Board of Pediatrics, Recertification
  • 2011 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Recertification

Honors and Awards

  • Magna cum Laude, University of Pittsburgh1991
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine1995
  • John B. Reinhart Award in Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine1996
  • Pharmacia and Upjohn Achievement Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine1996

Selected Publications view all (17)

Publication Co-Authors

Left main coronary artery dissection in pediatric sport-related chest trauma. J Emerg Med. 2014;47(2):150-4. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2014.04.034  PMID:24928544 
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cannula malposition in the azygos vein in an infant. Int J Artif Organs. 2013;36(7):518-21. doi:10.5301/ijao.5000225  PMID:23661554 
Daily chlorhexidine bathing to reduce bacteraemia in critically ill children: a multicentre, cluster-randomised, crossover trial. Lancet. 2013;381(9872):1099-106. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61687-0  PMID:23363666 
Defining sedation-related adverse events in the pediatric intensive care unit. Heart Lung. 2013;42(3):171-6. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2013.02.004  PMCID:PMC3641854  PMID:23643411 
A call for full public disclosure for donation after circulatory determination of death in children. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011;12(3):375-7; author reply 377-8. doi:10.1097/PCC.0b013e31820ac30c  PMID:21637157 
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: current clinical practice, coding, and reimbursement. Chest. 2008;134(1):179-84. doi:10.1378/chest.07-2512  PMID:18628221 
A novel error-reporting tool in pediatric intensive care. J Healthc Qual. 2008;30(3):43-50. PMID:18507240 
Donation after cardiac death in pediatric critical care. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2007;8(1):47-9. doi:10.1097/01.pcc.0000256624.08878.40  PMID:17251881 
Effect of a specialized pediatric institutional setting on organ recovery from potential donors. Am J Crit Care. 2006;15(5):497-501. PMID:16926371 
Pediatric organ transplantation needs: organ donation best practices. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(5):468-72. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.5.468  PMID:16651487 
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