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Pediatric Intensivists at St. Mary's


Pediatric Intensivists at St. Mary's

Children who are critically ill require careful monitoring in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).  Pediatric critical care specialists coordinate the care of these children which is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other health care specialists. 

St. Mary's is very fortunate to have highly qualified Pediatric Intensivists caring for pediatric patients 24/7:  Michael Verive, MD, FAAP, the Medical Director of St. Mary's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Susanna Burkhead, MD.

Pediatric critical care specialists generally provide the following care to children who are critically ill:

  • Diagnosis of children who have an unstable, life-threatening condition
  • Thorough monitoring, medication, and treatment of children in a PICU
  • Supervision of children on respirators
  • Medical treatment for children with severe heart and lung disease
  • Placement of special catheters in the blood vessels and heart
  • Management of medications and treatments for children with brain trauma

Michal Verive, M.D., FAAP

Michael Verive, M.D., FAAP, serves as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Verive earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois in 1988. He received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994.

Dr. Verive completed his pediatric residency at Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois in 1997 and his chief residency, also at Hope Children's Hospital, one year later. He finished his Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Hope Children's Hospital in 2001.

Dr. Verive most recently served as a Staff Physician in Pediatric Intensive Care for the Pediatrix Medical Group, Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Hospital, all in Oak Lawn, and at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. He also held titles of both Director and Program Director for Pediatric Intensive Care at those same facilities.


Susanna Burkhead, M.D.

Susanna Burkhead, M.D., specializes in Pediatric intensive and critical care. 

Dr. Burkhead earned her medical degree from Oklahoma University School of Medicine in Oklahoma City. 

She completed her residency at University of Oklahoma and her fellowship at University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

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