Ivor Berkowitz, MD, Associate Professor, Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Associate Professor
Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Dr. Ivor Berkowitz came to Johns Hopkins in 1982 for his Anesthesia residency and then went on to complete a pediatric intensive care fellowship. He joined the PICU faculty in 1986. Shortly thereafter, he and several colleagues established the Johns Hopkins pediatric ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) program. Dr. Berkowitz served as director of that program for many years until he stepped down from the post at the end of 2014. He is still a member of ELSO—the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.

As PICU director, Dr. Berkowitz provides an overview of leadership and direction for the unit. He contributes to the maintenance of high-quality care and ensures that procedures and policies are kept current. He is very involved in clinical care and teaching and also serves on many hospital-wide and departmental committees that contribute to the welfare of the institution. For example, he is involved in Ebola initiatives and emergency- and disaster-management committee work.

In his clinical role, Dr. Berkowitz works both as an attending in the PICU and as a pediatric anesthesiologist in the operating room. He finds his clinical work extremely rewarding. He receives enormous gratification from taking care of critically ill children. He also relishes his relationships with his colleagues at all levels and the collegiality among all clinical staff. His goals are to provide the best medical care that he can and to continually improve the level of care. He is continually striving to keep the PICU care state of the art and to make it the best possible training program for residents and fellows.

Although Dr. Berkowitz does not do as much research as he used to, he is involved in the PICU project to enhance patient mobility. He also takes an interest in research related to end-of life-care, bioethics, and the medical problems of patients with dwarfism. When he is not at work, Dr. Berkowitz loves to read, walk in the woods, travel, and spend time with his grandchildren.

Dr. Berkowitz attended the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, completed his pediatric residency in Denver, and completed his anesthesiology residency and PICU fellowship at Johns Hopkins.