Medical Director for Pediatric Transport
Corina Noje came to Johns Hopkins in 2009 for her pediatric critical care fellowship and then joined the PICU faculty in July of 2012. In January 2014, she became Medical Director for Pediatric Transport. Dr. Noje is interested in patient transport because of its diverse and versatile nature, as well as its high impact on patient outcomes. The pediatric transport service receives requests from 55 centers in Maryland and neighboring states, as well as from facilities outside of the United States. They also coordinate transport out of Johns Hopkins. Her team must triage the patients, determine the mode of transportation (ambulance, helicopter, or airplane), and manage care while on the move, often with advanced modes of ventilation, ongoing hemodynamic and neurologic resuscitation, and even ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) support. She also works to make palliative critical care transport feasible, thus enabling terminally ill children to spend their end of life at home with family. Critical care transport allows such patients to be transported home while still receiving artificial ventilation, hemodynamic support, and nutrition.
Dr. Noje is involved with many research projects related to transport safety. Some involve optimizing transport triage and resource utilization, use of CPR during pediatric transport, and implementing mechanical CPR devices during transport. She is currently working with the national transport community to conduct a survey regarding CPR use during pediatric transport. Ultimately, Dr. Noje hopes that all of her work will improve the safety and care delivered to children during transport between healthcare facilities and thus improve patient outcomes. Evidence suggests that optimal care during the early acute illness is critical to long-term outcome. Therefore, delivering state-of-the-art care during transport can save precious time.
Dr. Noje finds her work very rewarding because she is able to help the community, parents, and children by bringing patients to the place of definitive care and delivering excellent pediatric care both in transport and in the PICU. Moreover, she knows that the teams of transport paramedics and EMTs, PICU nurses, fellows, and attending physicians with whom she works spare nothing to provide the best care possible. In her free time, Dr. Noje enjoys traveling, gardening, decorating, and listening to opera and classical music.
Dr. Noje finished medical school in Bucharest, Romania, in 2005 at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. She then carried out her pediatric residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York from 2006 to 2009 and her pediatric critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins from 2009 to 2012.