Rainer Gedeit, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatric Critical Care

Program Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Chief, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Associate Director, Graduate Medical Education, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin


MD: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill., 1983-1987; 
Residency: Pediatrics, Loyola University Medical Center, 1987-1990;
Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 1990-1993; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin, 1993-1995.

Research interests: Sepsis, septic shock, respiratory failure, sedation in critically ill children and post-graduate medical education.

Current grants:

  • Sedation Management in Pediatric Patients Supported on Mechanical Ventilation or Acute Respiratory Failure, The Children's Hospital, Boston (NIH subcontract), institutional principal investigator. 
  • Sedative Exposure and Extubation Failure in Children, The Children's Hospital, Boston (subcontract), institutional principal investigator.
  • Observational Study on Bronchiolitis, Pneumonia, ARDS and Infections in Mechanically Ventilated Children, The Children's Hospital, Boston (subcontract), institutional principal investigator.
  • A Multicenter, Epidemiological, Observational Survey of the Management of Anemia in Critically Ill Pediatric Patients, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C., institutional principal investigator.
  • Representative publications: 
  • Gedeit RG, Murkowski K, Miller S. A Workshop to Teach and Medical Students' Altruism. Academic Medicine.76:506, 2001.
  • Randolph AG, Venkataraman S, Hanson J, Luckett P, Gedeit R, Meert K, Wetzel R, Cox P, Roberts J, Lilley M, Thompson J, Arnold J. Evaluation of a Pediatric Extubation Readiness Test. Critical Care Medicine, 29:A142, 2001.
  • Randolph AG, Venkataraman ST, Gedeit R, Hanson JH, Meert K, Luckett PM, Arnold J, Lilley M, Thompson J, Cheifetz IM, Wetzel R, Cox P, Roberts J for the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Clinical Investigator's Network. Weaning Critically Ill Children from Ventilator Support: A Randomized Trial Comparing Two Protocols to Standard Care. American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 165:A156, 2002.
  • Randolph AG, Wypij D, Venkataraman ST, Hanson JG, Gedeit R, Meert K, Luckett PM, Forbes P, Lilley M, Thompson J, Cheifetz IM, Hibberd P, Wetzel R, Cox P, Arnold JH. Effect of Mechanical Ventilator Weaning Protocols on Respiratory Outcomes in Infants and Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 288:2561-2568, 2002.
  • Randolph AG, Meert KL, O'Neil ME, Hanson JH, Luckett PM, Arnold JH, Gedeit RG, Cox PN, Roberts JS, Venkataraman ST, Forbes PW, Cheifetz IM for the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigator's Network. The Feasibility of Conducting Clinical Trials in Infants and Children with Acute Respiratory Failure. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 167:1334-1340, 2003.
  • Randolph AG, Forbes PF, Gedeit RG, Arnold JH, Wetzel R, Luckett PM, O'Neil ME, Venkataraman ST, Meert KL, Cheifetz IM, Cox PN, Hanson JH for the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigator's) Network. Cumulative Fluid Intake Minus Output is not Associated with Ventilator Weaning Duration or Extubation Outcomes in Children. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 6:642-647, 2005.

Contact Information

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, MS 681
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Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997

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