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Darren Klugman, M.D.

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  • Director, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care


Critical Care Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


In addition to his work in the field of pediatric cardiac critical care, Dr. Klugman is an international leader in patient safety and quality and has authored multiple manuscripts on the topic.  Dr. Klugman has a specific interest in improving quality of care for patients with congenital heart disease and the elimination of hospital acquired harm in critically ill children with congenital heart disease. Dr. Klugman serves as the Secretary for the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society and serves on the executive committee for the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium. more


  • Director, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
  • Director, Quality & Safety, Blalock-Taussig-Thomas Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, The George Washington University School of Medicine (2002)


  • Children's National Hospital / Pediatrics (2005)


  • Children's National Hospital / Pediatric Cardiology (2010)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Cardiology (2016)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (2014)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (2005)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Rooney SR, Mastropietro CW, Benneyworth B, Graham EM, Klugman D, Costello J, Ghanayem N, Zhang W, Banerjee M, Gaies M. Influence of Early Extubation Location on Outcomes Following Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2020;10.1097/PCC.0000000000002452. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32639473

Klugman D, Melton K, Maynord PO, Dawson A, Madhavan G, Montgomery VL, Nock M, Lee A, Lyren A. Assessment of an Unplanned Extubation Bundle to Reduce Unplanned Extubations in Critically Ill Neonates, Infants, and Children. 2020 Apr 13;174(6):e200268. PMID:32282029

Activities & Honors


  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society

    Society dedicated to international collaboration, education and advancement of care of patients and families with acquired and congenital heart disease.

  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

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