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Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222

GVI Symposium

Pediatric Critical Care
Physicians

Omar Al-Ibrahim, MDOmar Al-Ibrahim, MD, FAAP

Dr. Al-Ibrahim is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, and Medical Director of the ECMO and Apheresis programs at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB). He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Al-Ibrahim is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. His special interests include mechanical ventilation and acute lung injury, non-invasive ventilation (RTX ventilators), plasmapheresis in pediatric sepsis, and extracorporeal life support.

A native of Jordan, Dr. Al-Ibrahim earned his doctorate in medicine from Jordan University of Science & Technology in Irbid, Jordan. He completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Children Hospital in Paterson, NJ, where he was named Chief Resident for his final year of training. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Dr. Al-Ibrahim was appointed to the WCHOB medical staff in 2006. He is a locally, nationally, and internationally-recognized presenter at medical meetings, including several presentations at Jordan University Hospital in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Al-Ibrahim is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, and the American Medical Association.


Ryan K. Breuer, MDRyan Breuer, MD

Dr. Breuer received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Human Biology, Health, and Society. He attended medical school at SUNY Stony Brook and completed his residency in pediatrics at UCLA-Mattel Children’s Hospital. His fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine was done at Duke Children’s Hospital in North Carolina. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical. He is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Breuer’s interests include patient safety, simulation, and quality improvement.


Amanda Hassinger, MD

Amanda B. Hassinger, MD

Dr. Hassinger attended Duke University for her undergraduate studies in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy before obtaining her medical doctorate from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed both her residency in Pediatrics and her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Hassinger began her career as an attending physician at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Dr. Hassinger is active in her clinical duties in the WCHOB PICU, as well as in resident and fellow education, quality improvement, and clinical research. Her main research interest is in determining the impact of fluid overload on multi-organ failure in critically ill children. Dr. Hassinger is the site-principal investigator for 4 multi-center trials and is the site coordinator for the team at WCHOB responsible for maintain our membership in the Virtual PICU Systems database for both research and quality purposes.

Dr. Hassinger is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and is the Director of Quality and Patient Safety for the PICU.


Christopher Heard, MBChB

Christopher Heard, MBChB, FRCA

Dr. Heard graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School in Scotland and completed his anaesthesia residency and pediatric intensive care fellowship in England. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He then completed his anesthesiology residency and a critical care fellowship at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Critical Care by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Heard provides anesthesiology at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo as well as being a faculty member of the PICU. He is a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Pediatric and Community Dentistry at the University at Buffalo. He runs a pediatric dental sedation clinic for the University Pediatric Dental Group. He has a keen interest in clinical research in all of his areas of clinical practice as well as teaching.


James Hereth, MD

James Hereth, MD

Dr. Hereth attended medical school at the University at Buffalo, where he also completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics as well as a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He currently divides his clinical time between the WCHOB PICU and the MICU, SICU, and ILCU of Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC). Dr. Hereth is the Director of the Rapid Response Team and oversees patient safety concerns at BGMC. He maintains a strong interest in teaching, communication, and crew resource management.


Bree Kramer, DO

Bree Kramer, DO

Dr. Kramer is a native to the Western New York area and attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. She returned to Buffalo to complete her residency and chief residency in Pediatrics as well as her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Most recently, Dr. Kramer was a member of the faculty at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, where she was the Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Rotations for both the medical students and the residents. She returned to Buffalo after accepting a position as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with the University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.