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Joan Balcells Ramirez

I am a pediatrician dedicated to pediatric critical care, which is the field were I have developed my career. I have an especial interest in pediatric cardiorespiratory failure, congenital heart disease and heart or lung transplantation in children. My area of expertise is extracorporeal life support (ECMO and ventricular assist devices). I am the director of the Pediatric Critical Care Department since 2011 and of the Pediatric & Neonatal ECMO Program since 2007.

Institutions of which they are part

Main researcher
Clinical Research/Innovation in Pneumonia & Sepsis (CRIPS)
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca
Head of Section
Paediatric Intensive Care
Children's Hospital and Woman's Hospital
Joan Balcells Ramirez
I was born in Barcelona and I got my medical degree from the School of Medicine of Universidad de Navarra (1987-1993). I specialized in Pediatrics at Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron (1994-1997) and I took my doctoral degree (PhD) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I have worked at de Pediatric Critical Care Department of Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron since I finished my training in pediatrics.
I have worked as a consultant in pediatric critical care and in the pediatric and neonatal transport team. I am the director of the Pediatric & Neonatal ECMO program since 2007 and the director of the Pediatric Critical Care Department since 2011.
I am an associated professor of pediatrics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona since 2016.
My research interests focus on extracorporeal life support, anti-thrombotic therapy and severe infection in children.


ASCEND (ARDS in Children and ECMO initiation strategies impact on Neuro-Development)

IP: Joan Balcells Ramirez
Collaborators: -
Funding agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Funding: 9078.48
Reference: ASCEND_NIH-PA-19-056_2021
Duration: 07/07/2021 - 30/06/2025

SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses in childhood: different approaches to define predictive models for their diagnosis and epidemiological evolution

IP: Antoni Soriano Arandes
Collaborators: Jorgina Vila Soler, Joan Balcells Ramirez, Núria Worner Tomasa, Clara Franco Jarava, Cristina Andrés Vargés
Funding agency: Fundació La Marató de TV3
Funding: 161075
Reference: 202134
Duration: 23/09/2021 - 22/09/2024

Influències genètiques i ambientals en la recuperació de lesió cerebral pediàtrica severa

IP: Joan Balcells Ramirez
Collaborators: -
Funding agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Funding: 1500
Reference: ADAPT-GENOMICS_NIH_R01-2017
Duration: 01/08/2016 - 30/04/2021

NEURON9-FP-050: Paediatric Brain Monitoring with Information Technology (KidsBrainIT): Using Information Technology (IT) Innovations to Improve Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury Intensive Care Management, Outcome, and Patient Safety

IP: Joan Sahuquillo Barris
Collaborators: Ma Antonia Poca Pastor, Joan Balcells Ramirez
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 80871.56
Reference: AC16/00038
Duration: 01/01/2017 - 30/06/2021

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