Patrick McQuillen


Pediatric critical care specialist

About me

Dr. Patrick McQuillen is a pediatric critical care specialist with particular interests in intensive care for children who have neurological conditions and heart conditions.

With colleagues in pediatric neurology, McQuillen leads research on advanced magnetic resonance techniques to assess brain injury in infants requiring cardiopulmonary bypass – a technique for maintaining heart and lung function during surgery – to correct congenital heart disease. The findings will be used to guide clinical trials of strategies for preventing brain injury associated with congenital heart disease.

McQuillen earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego and completed a residency in pediatrics at UCSF. He completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at UCSF and trained in developmental neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining UCSF in 1997. He is a member of the Neonatal Brain Disorders Laboratory and maintains a research program on the mechanisms of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy during brain development.

  • Education

    University of California San Diego, MD, 1991

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Pediatrics, 1994

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pediatric Critical Care, 1997

  • Languages



Clinics I work with

Healthy Hearts & Minds Program

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor, 6A
San Francisco, CA 94158

Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

See our 2 locations and learn more about the unit.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

1975 Fourth St., 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Selected research

Decorative Caduceus

Genomic Basis of Neurodevelopmental and Brain Outcomes in Congenital Heart Disease (CHD Brain a...

The investigators will compare groups with respect to achievement, IQ, learning disability, specific neuropsychological domains (e.g., memory, attention, executive functions, and visual-spatial/motor integration), adaptive functio...


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