John Beca

Director of Child Health ...
Starship Children's Hospital

Dr John Beca is a paediatric intensivist. He is the Director of Child Health – Surgery, Cardiac and Critical Care at Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand and is also Clinical Director of the PICU and the Starship ECMO programme. He trained in paediatric intensive care at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. His sub-specialty interests are neurocritical care and cardiovascular intensive care. His research interest is in acute brain injury, especially injury related to cardiac surgery, trauma and hypoxic ischaemic injury. He was PI for the Hypothermia in TBI in Children (HiTBIC) study, co-PI for the international CoolKids study and PI for the Hearts and Minds Study (investigating brain injury and development in infants having heart surgery). Other research projects are investigating the contribution of MRI, continuous EEG and NIRS in children with acute brain injury.