Dr. Sirine Baltagi received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and her Medical Degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. She did one year of pediatric internship at AUB- Medical Center focusing on intensive care. She moved to the USA and trained in pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. She then pursued a fellowship in pediatric critical care at University of Pittsburgh where she was chief fellow and then subspecialized in pediatric cardiac critical care at Boston Children’s Hospital.

After completion of her postgraduate training, Dr. Baltagi was recruited to join the faculty at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University and stayed on faculty as a cardiac intensivist at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital from 2011 to 2018. Dr. Baltagi then returned to University of Pittsburgh to operate the remote Cardiac ICU at Saint Joseph’s Children Hospital in Tampa. During that time, Dr. Baltagi pursued and earned a certificate in woman and leadership from University of Cornell. Dr. Baltagi joined the faculty at UT Southwestern as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the cardiac ICU.

Dr. Baltagi is interested in heart failure management, critical illness coagulopathy, transfusion medicine, and extra-corporeal support. Dr. Baltagi is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care. She is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society.


Medical School
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Lebanon (2004)
American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2005), Pediatrics
Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2008), Pediatrics
UPMC Medical/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (2011), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital (2012), Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Research Interest

  • Critical Illness Coagulopathy
  • Heart Failure
  • Mechanical Assist Devices


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Clinical controversies in anticoagulation monitoring and antithrombin supplementation for ECMO.
Chlebowski MM, Baltagi S, Carlson M, Levy JH, Spinella PC, Crit Care 2020 01 24 1 19
TEG Platelet Mapping and Impedance Aggregometry to Predict Platelet Transfusion During Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Pediatric Patients.
Barker EE, Saini A, Gazit AZ, Shea SM, Baltagi S, Gage BF, Spinella PC, Front Pediatr 2019 7 509
A Novel Surgical Approach to Mechanical Circulatory Support in Univentricular Infants.
Gazit AZ, Petrucci O, Manning P, Shepard M, Baltagi S, Simpson K, Castleberry C, Canter C, Eghtesady P, Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2017 Nov 104 5 1630-1636
Continuous Flow Device Support in Children Using the HeartWare HVAD: 1,000 Days of Lessons Learned From a Single Center Experience.
Sparks J, Epstein D, Baltagi S, Mehegan ME, Simpson KE, Canter CE, Silvestry S, Eghtesady P, Boston US, ASAIO J. 2015 Sep-Oct 61 5 569-73
Ischemia-induced autophagy contributes to neurodegeneration in cerebellar Purkinje cells in the developing rat brain and in primary cortical neurons in vitro.
Au AK, Chen Y, Du L, Smith CM, Manole MD, Baltagi SA, Chu CT, Aneja RK, Bayir H, Kochanek PM, Clark RS, Biochim. Biophys. Acta 2015 Sep 1852 9 1902-11
Therapeutic hypothermia: How small feasibility studies can inform large efficacy trials.
Baltagi S, Fink EL, Bell MJ, Pediatr Crit Care Med 2011 May 12 3 370-1
Neurological sequelae of 2009 influenza A (H1N1) in children: a case series observed during a pandemic.
Baltagi SA, Shoykhet M, Felmet K, Kochanek PM, Bell MJ, Pediatr Crit Care Med 2010 Mar 11 2 179-84

Honors & Awards

  • The Nancy Caroline Fellow Nomination
    Pittsburgh, PA (2010-2011)
  • In-Training Research Award
    Society of Critical Care Medicine (2009)
  • Michael McHugh ICU Excellence Award
    Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital (2008)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (2014)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (2008)