ryan p. barbaro, md, msc

Clinical Lecturer, Core Faculty
Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases, Child Health Evaluation & Research (CHEAR) Unit, Critical Care Medicine


My work seeks to improve outcomes for children requiring life support technologies by encouraging the implementation of evidence-based practice. Thus far, my research has focused on a life support technology named extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). ECMO provides pulmonary and/or cardiac life support when mechanical ventilation and medical management fail or the required support is injurious. Currently, we are creating a severity of illness model for ECMO. This model will enable research to understand the structure and processes associated with improved outcomes for children requiring ECMO life support. Future research will focus on encouraging the implementation of those evidenced based processes of care. This ongoing work has been facilitated by a collaborative and maturing relationship with an international organization and registry, the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.