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Andrew W. Kiragu, MD


Pediatrics - Critical Care

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“I love working with children. They are energetic, funny, curious, loving human beings. My goal is to provide exceptional care without exception to the most critically injured or ill children who are cared for in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Kiragu is currently the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) here at Hennepin Healthcare and has served in that role since 2003. Under his leadership, the PICU has provided extraordinary care to critically ill and injured children. Notably, the PICU has achieved outstanding outcomes compared to other PICU’s across the country using national benchmark data. Dr. Kiragu has considerable experience and expertise in neurocritical care and the management of neurotrauma.  He serves as Co-Medical Director of the Pediatric Brain Injury Program which, since 1989, has served over 4,000 children with acquired brain injuries. Dr. Kiragu also provides pediatric critical care at Children’s of Minnesota and Gillette Children’s Hospital as an Associate of the Children’s Respiratory and Critical Care Specialist’s group. Dr. Kiragu is passionate about injury prevention and was awarded a $200,000 grant through the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to establish an Injury-Free Coalition for Kids (IFCK) site in Minneapolis at Hennepin Healthcare, with a goal of studying and promoting injury prevention across the state. He currently serves on the national board of IFCK and is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. Locally, he serves on the Advisory Board of Safe Kids, MN. Dr. Kiragu is also a passionate advocate for children and is Immediate-Past President of the MN Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics where he works with other pediatricians to improve the lives of Minnesota’s kids.


  • Wozniak, J.R., Krach, L.E., Ward, E.E., Mueller, B.A., Muetzel, R.L., Schnoebelen, S.S., Kriel, R.L., Kiragu, AW, and Lim, K.O. Neurocognitive and Neuroimaging Correlates of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) Study. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 22(5): 555-68, June 2007.
  • McKinney, AM, Thompson, LR, Karagulle A, Kiragu AW, Truwitt, CL. Unilateral Hypoxic-Ischemic Injury in Young Children from Abusive Head Trauma, Lacking Craniocervical Vascular Dissection or Cord Injury., Pediatric Radiology. 38(2): 164-74, March 2008.
  • Kiragu AW, D Johnson, J Zier and DN Cornfield. Diagnostic utility of blood cultures in postoperative pediatric patients. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 10(3): 364-68, May 2009.
  • Pressley JC, Kiragu A, Lapidus G, Pomerantz WJ, Ford H, Barlow B, Race and ethnic differences in a multicenter study of home safety with vouchers redeemable for free safety devices., Journal of Trauma. 67(1 Suppl) S3-11, July 2009.
  • Philbrook JK, Kiragu AW, Geppert JS, Graham PR, Richardson LM, Kriel RL. Pediatric Injury Prevention: Methods of Booster Seat Education. Pediatric Nursing 2009 Jul-Aug; 35(4): 215-20.
  • Kiragu AW, Dunlop SJ, Mwarumba N, Gidado S, Adesina A, Mwachiro M, Gbadero DA,
    Slusher TM. Pediatric Trauma Care in Low Resource Settings: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions. Front Pediatr. 2018 Jun 4;6:155.
  • Slusher TM, Kiragu AW, Day LT, Bjorklund AR, Shirk A, Johannsen C, Hagen SA. Pediatric Critical Care in Resource-Limited Settings-Overview and Lessons
    Learned. Front Pediatr. 2018 Mar 16;6:49. doi: 10.3389/fped.2018.00049. eCollection 2018. Review.
  • Bensman RS, Slusher TM, Butteris SM, Pitt MB, On Behalf Of The Sugar Pearls Investigators, Becker A, Desai B, George A, Hagen S, Kiragu A, Johannsen R,
    Miller K, Rule A, Webber S. Creating Online Training for Procedures in Global Health with PEARLS (Procedural Education for Adaptation to Resource-Limited Settings). Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Nov;97(5):1285-1288.
  • Lyden PD, Lopez-de-Sa E, Nichol G, Kiragu AW. Current Advances in the Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag. 2016 Mar;6(1):2-5.

Medical School

  • Howard University, Washington, DC, USA


  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


  • Pediatric Critical Care, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Minnesota Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, President-Elect
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Minnesota Association of Black Physicians
  • Society of Pediatric Sedation
  • Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance
  • Injury Free Coalition for Kids


  • Board certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Board certified in Pediatric Critical Care by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota


  • Top Doctors, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, 2018
  • Best Doctor, Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  • Up & Away Service Award, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Minnesota Stroke Association
  • Commitment to Service Award, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Minnesota Stroke Association
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Science Advisory Team, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Mark Snelling Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • George R. Noren Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, HCMC


“I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to travel. I love to read. Science fiction and fantasy as well as African and African-American literature and poetry are the main genres I enjoy.”

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