University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kelly Kadlec, MD, MEd

Professor, Division of Critical Care
Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Medical Director, Simulation Program
Medical Director, Project Austin

Initially pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine, based on my experience as an EMT, I quickly realized my passion was in caring for critically ill children and helping support and guide families during these difficult times.  As a mid-career intensivist, my primary focus, and enjoyment, remains taking care of kids at the bedside which has guided my other interests and involvement, including acute resuscitation, simulation, bioethics and resident/fellow education.  I do not have one specific niche where I tend to gravitate more towards; I like being involved in a variety of areas related to the profession.  This variety, similar to the various diagnoses and patient ages in the PICU, is what keeps me passionate and stimulated day-to-day and year-to-year

About Dr. Kadlec


Medical School

Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE



Emergency Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR



Pediatrics, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ



Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN



Master's in Education, University of Cincinnati, Online


Master's in Organizational Change Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Online

Research Interests
  • Resuscitation Education
  • Simulation Education
  • Bioethics
  • Resident/Fellow Education
  • Improving Continuity and Outcomes for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Board Certifications
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatrics