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Paula Ann Vanderford M.D., F.A.A.P.

    • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care School of Medicine

Dr. Paula Vanderford trained in pediatric critical care at Oakland Children's Hospital and University of California, San Francisco. She practiced general pediatrics in the U.S. Navy in Naples Italy prior to doing her fellowship in pediatric critical care.  She joined the faculty of OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in 2008, and is the program director of the pediatric critical care fellowship. 

Dr. Vanderford enjoys running, learning to play the banjo, and riding her elliptigo when she is not working with the great team in the PICU.

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  • Residency:

    • Pediatrics, Naval Hospital, Oakland, California, 1987
  • Fellowship:

    • Pediatric Intensive Care, Children’s Hospital, Oakland, University of California, San Francisco, California, 1993
  • Certifications:

    • Pediatric critical care, pediatrics


  • "Endothelin-1 does not mediate acute hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction in the intact newborn lamb" Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology  1993
  • "Intracranial hemorrhage in herpes simplex encephalitis" Pediatric Neurology September 2002
  • "Developmental effects of endothelin-1 on the pulmonary circulation in sheep" Pediatric Research  1994
  • "Endothelinbreceptor agonists produce pulmonary vasodilation in intact newborn lambs with pulmonary hypertension" Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology  1995
  • "Diethylamine/nitric oxide (no) adduct, an no donor, produces potent pulmonary and systemic vasodilation in intact newborn lambs" Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology  1994
  • "Endothelin-1 produces pulmonary vasodilation in the intact newborn lamb" American Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology  1993
  • "Early experience with inhaled nitric oxide for the treatment of infants and children with pulmonary hypertension." Hawai'i journal of medicine & public health : a journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health April 1996
  • "Altered endothelial function in lambs with pulmonary hypertension and acute lung injury" Pediatric Pulmonology March 1999
  • "Videos in clinical medicine. Reduction of pulled elbow" New England Journal of Medicine November 20 2014
  • "Relationship Between Adverse Tracheal Intubation Associated Events and PICU Outcomes" Pediatric Critical Care Medicine February 14 2017
  • "Frequency of Desaturation and Association with Hemodynamic Adverse Events during Tracheal Intubations in PICUs" Pediatric Critical Care Medicine January 1 2018
  • "Effect of Location on Tracheal Intubation Safety in Cardiac Disease—Are Cardiac ICUs Safer?" Pediatric Critical Care Medicine March 1 2018
  • "Clinical Impact of External Laryngeal Manipulation during Laryngoscopy on Tracheal Intubation Success in Critically Ill Children" Pediatric Critical Care Medicine February 1 2018
  • "Cricoid Pressure during Induction for Tracheal Intubation in Critically Ill Children" Pediatric Critical Care Medicine June 1 2018
  • "Downward trend in pediatric resident laryngoscopy participation in PICUs" Pediatric Critical Care Medicine May 1 2018

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