University of Nebraska Medical Center

Jayesh Thakker, MD, MBA

Associate Professor, Division of Critical Care
Division Chief, Division of Critical Care

Jayesh Thakker, MD, MBA


Serving as the Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine for Children’s Nebraska and the department of Pediatrics at UNMC is an honor and a privilege. It provides opportunities to bring cutting-edge clinical care to our ICUs. We have achieved patient-care outcomes that are among the best in the country.

An important accomplishment is development of a strong, multi-faceted team of critical care physicians that work as a team with other staff and colleagues in a collaborative and respectful manner. The culture we have created encourages and provides support for continued professional growth of our faculty and other providers.

In addition to my role as division chief, I also serve as the Medical Director of the PICU at Nebraska Medicine.


All levels and types of students, residents, fellows, and learners of various backgrounds and needs are our future. We have a commitment to actively participate in educational activities for these learners and provide an environment conducive for learning.

Quality improvement and Research

We have multiple QI projects with active participation from faculty, APPs, nurses, etc. to improve the workflows, quality of care, and clinical outcomes. We participate in several multi-institutional research projects and collaboratives.


As a regional referral center for pediatric critical care, we believe in partnering with all regional health care providers and centers to share our expertise in the care of critically ill and/or injured children. We value these partnerships and believe such collaborations ultimately benefit all the communities so that all children in our region have a better chance to live a quality life.

About Dr. Thakker


Medical School
Seth G.S. Medical College, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India

King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL

Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

MS in Physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

MBA, Creighton University, Heider College of Business, Omaha, NE

Research Interests
  • Provide the best possible, evidence-based care to children in need of intensive care
  • Provide compassionate care to the child and support the parents and families of those children at their most stressful and vulnerable times
  • Support the families and provide the appropriate guidance and outlook
Board Certification
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Professional Organizations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow
  • Section on Pediatric Critical Care
  • Nebraska Chapter
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Section on Pediatric Critical Care
  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society
  • American College of Hospital Executives
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (International Business Honor Society)