Andrew Kiragu, MD

Specialty: Pediatric Critical Care



  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Walter Ramset Endowment Fellow / Children’s Hospital Foundation/University of Minnesota — Minneapolis, MN (1998-2001)

Internship/residency/Chief Resident

  • Intern & Residency, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, University of Minnesota — Minneapolis, MN (1994-1998)

Medical school

  • Doctor of Medicine, Howard University — Washington, DC (1994)


  • Bachelor of Science, Dalhousie University – Halifax, Canada (1990)

Professional interests

  • Traumatic brain injury in children
  • Infections in the ICU
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Injury Prevention
  • Pediatric Advocacy
  • Global pediatrics
  • Resident and medical student education
  • Quality improvement

Board Certification

  • Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine


  • Neurocognitive and Neuroimaging Correlates of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) Study. Wozniak, J.R., Krach, L.E., Ward, E.E., Mueller, B.A., Muetzel, R.L., Schnoebelen, S.S., Kriel, R.L., Kiragu, AW, & Lim, K.O. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 22(5): 555-68, June 2007.
  • Unilateral Hypoxic-Ischemic Injury in Young Children from Abusive Head Trauma, Lacking Craniocervical Vascular Dissection or Cord Injury. McKinney, AM, Thompson, LR, Karagulle A, Kiragu, AW, Truwitt, CL., Pediatric Radiology. 38(2): 164-74, March 2008.
  • Diagnostic utility of blood cultures in postoperative pediatric patients. AW Kiragu, D Johnson, J Zier and DN Cornfield.  Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 10(3): 364-68, May 2009
  • Race and ethnic differences in a multicenter study of home safety with vouchers redeemable for free safety devices. Pressley JC, Kiragu A, Lapidus G, Pomerantz WJ, Ford H, Barlow B, Journal of Trauma. 67(1 Suppl) S3-11, July 2009
  • Pediatric Injury Prevention: Methods of Booster Seat Education. Philbrook JK, Kiragu AW, Geppert JS, Graham PR, Richardson LM, Kriel RL. Pediatric Nursing 2009 Jul-Aug; 35(4): 215-20
  • Lyden PD, Lopez-de-Sa E, Nichol G, KiraguAW. Current Advances in the Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag. 2016 Mar;6(1):2-5
  • Kiragu AW, Dunlop AJ, Wachira BW, Saruni SI, Mwachiro M, Slusher T. Pediatric Trauma Care In Low- And Middle-Income Countries: A Brief Review Of The Current State And Recommendations For Management And A Way Forward. Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care. 6 (1) (pp 52-59), 2017.
  • Slusher T, Bjorklund A, Aanyu HT, Kiragu AW, Philip C. The Assessment, Evaluation and Management of the Critically Ill Child in Resource Limited International Settings. Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care. 6 (1) (pp 66-76), 2017.
  • Bensman R, Slusher T, Butteris S, Pitt M, On Behalf of the SUGAR PEARLS Investigators (Becker A, Desai B, George A, Hagen S, Kiragu A, 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.
  • Pediatric Critical Care in Resource Limited Settings-Overview and Lessons Learned. Slusher TM, Kiragu AW, Day LT, Bjorklund AR, Shirk A, Johannsen C, Hagen SA. Front. Pediatr., 16 March 2018.
  • Pediatric Trauma Care in Low Resource Settings: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions. Kiragu AW, Mwarumba N, Adesina A, Gidado S, Dunlop S, Mwachiro M, Gbadero D, Slusher TM. Front. Pediatr. 04 June 2018

Personal Bio

Dr. Andrew Kiragu joins CRCCS from Hennepin Healthcare where he has practiced since 2002 and was most recently the Interim Chief of the Department of Pediatrics. He is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is also co-chair of the Admissions Committee of the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada and subsequently graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He served his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Minnesota. As a pediatric intensivist, Dr. Kiragu cares for critically ill and injured children. He is also engaged in injury prevention efforts and serves on the boards of Safe Kids Minnesota and the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance. Dr. Kiragu is a strong advocate on behalf of Minnesota’s children and is the Immediate Past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been recognized for excellence in resident and medical student education. His peers have also recognized him as a Top Doctor for his excellence in pediatric critical care in the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine as well as in the Minnesota Monthly Magazine as a Best Doctor. Dr. Kiragu’s interests include traumatic brain injury in children, pediatric trauma, injury prevention, resident and medical student education, advocacy on behalf of children, quality improvement and global pediatrics. Dr. Kiragu is married with two children.