Judith Zier, MD

Specialty: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine



  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, Minnesota


  • Pediatrics, University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, Minnesota

Medical school

  • Washington University School of Medicine—Saint Louis, Missouri


  • University of Illinois—Urbana, Illinois

Professional Interests

  • Nitrous oxide for pediatric procedural sedation
  • Appropriate use of blood products for pediatric patients
  • Chair – Transfusion committee, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN

Board Certification

  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatrics


  • Zier JL, Liu M. Safety of high-concentration nitrous oxide by nasal mask for pediatric procedural sedation: experience with 7802 cases. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2011 Dec;27(12):1107-12.
  • Zier JL, Doescher JS. Seizures temporally associated with nitrous oxide administration for pediatric procedural sedation. Journal of Child Neurology. 2010;25(12):1517-20.
  • Zier JL, Tarrago R, Liu M. Level of sedation with nitrous oxide for pediatric medical procedures. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2010;110(5):1399-405.
  • Kiragu AW, Zier J, Cornfield DN. Utility of blood cultures in postoperative pediatric intensive care unit patients. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2009; 10(3), p.364-8.
  • Zier JL, Rivard PF, Krach LE, Wendorf HR. Effectiveness of sedation using nitrous oxide compared with enteral midazolam for botulinum toxin A injections in children. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2008; 50: 854-858.
  • Farrell MK, Drake GJ, Rucker D, Finkelstein M, Zier JL. Creation of a Nurse-administered Nitrous Oxide Sedation Program for Radiology and Beyond. Pediatric Nursing. 2008; Jan-Feb;34(1):29-35.
  • Zier JL, Kvam KA, Kurachek SA, Finkelstein M. Sedation with nitrous oxide compared with no sedation during catheterization for urologic imaging in children. Pediatric Radiology. 2007 Jul;37(7):678-684.
  • Zier JL, Drake GJ, McCormick PC, Clinch KM, Cornfield DN. Case-series of nurse-administered nitrous oxide for urinary catheterization in children. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2007 Apr;104(4):876-9.
  • Shannon MC and Zier J. Pre-hospital care: transporting critically ill children. Minnesota Pediatrician 1991: 4-5.

Personal Bio

Dr. Zier, a native of Illinois, came to Minnesota for her pediatric residency in 1986, intending to stay for 3 years. She enjoys being outdoors, playing in her church bell choir, and spending time with family, especially her son, Andy.