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Oliver Karam, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care Medicine); Chief of Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatrics

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Oliver Karam, MD, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

    333 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 208064

    New Haven, CT 06520-8064

    United States



Dr. Karam is a Professor of Pediatrics. He received his MD degree in 2002 from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He then completed his clinical training in Pediatrics (2007) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (2010) at the University of Montreal, Canada. In addition, he earned an MS in Epidemiology in Montreal and then a Ph.D. in Clinical Research (2017) at the University of Lille, France. In 2010, after completing his fellowship, he joined Geneva University Hospital, serving as the PICU medical director and fellowship program director. He moved to Richmond, Virginia, in 2017, where he was appointed Division Chief in 2019. He joined the Yale Faculty in 2022 as Section Chief.

Dr. Karam’s research focuses on transfusion strategies in critically ill children. He has published more than to 150 peer-reviewed publications and serves as an expert on numerous international panels, such as Surviving Sepsis. He also serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for multiple journals. He provides grant reviews for the NIH and the French Ministry of Health. He serves as a co-Investigator of many sponsored studies. He is also the chair of PediECMO's Scientific Oversight Committee, the largest pediatric extracorporeal research network.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Lille (2017)
  • MSc
    University of Montreal (2011)
  • Fellowship
    Sainte Justine Hospital (2010)
  • Resident
    Geneva University Hospital (2007)
  • MD
    University of Geneva (2002)


  • Professor and Chief, Pediatric Critical Care
    New Haven, CT, United States 2022
    Professor and Chief, Pediatric Critical Care
  • Professor
    Richmond, VA, United States (2021-2022)
  • Chief, Pediatric Critical Care
    Richmond, VA, United States (2019-2022)
    Chief, Pediatric Critical Care
  • Associate Professor
    Richmond, VA, United States (2017-2021)
    Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor
    Geneva, GE, Switzerland (2010-2017)
    Assistant Professor

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