Katie R Nielsen, MD, MPH

Katie R Nielsen, MD, MPH

Critical Care, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

On staff since October 2014

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Respiratory Biology and Therapeutics


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University Of Iowa Roy J & Lucille A Carver College Of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA


University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests
  • Providing high-quality, equitable care for all critically ill children at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center
  • Improving provider-caregiver communication during prolonged PICU hospitalizations, especially for those who use a language other than English
Research Description
  • Improving the care of critically ill children at Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño (INSN) in Lima, Peru. Alongside Peruvian collaborators, we implemented high flow nasal cannula as an additional form of respiratory support for children in the PICU at INSN. This intervention reduced rates of reintubation and has been sustainable over time.
  • Continuity of care for children with prolonged PICU hospitalizations. This work includes a quantitative analysis of the implementation of a PICU continuity provider for children with prolonged PICU hospitalizations and a qualitative description of caregiver experiences with provider continuity.
  • Epidemiology of pediatric critical illness in resource-limited settings