Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program
Section Director of Research, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Section Director of Resuscitation, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director of the PALS Program
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU
A native of India, Dr. Balagangadhar R. Totapally earned his MBBS, MD and DCH degrees (postgraduate diploma in child health) at Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Dr. Totapally completed his Pediatric Residency at Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Michigan, a one year of Fellowship training in Neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, and a Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, Florida.
Dr. Totapally is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics with subspecialty certification in Pediatric Critical Care and Neurocritical Care. Dr. Totapally is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) and of the Society of Pediatric Research; he is also a Fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has published more than sixty scientific articles and book chapters and is involved in several current research projects. His present areas of research interest include the effects of carbon dioxide in sepsis and resuscitation, neurocritical care monitoring, and database research. He is a recipient of several federal and industry-sponsored research grants. He is a research mentor for several fellows, residents and medical students.
Dr. Totapally is actively involved in several committees and quality improvement programs at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. He is a member of ICU committee, GME
and P&T committees. He led the implementation of the Rapid Response Team
and the Pediatric Early Warning Scoring at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. He has been a physician leader for several blue-chip initiatives of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital quality pillar: including, reduction in bloodstream infections, ventilator associated pneumonias, and catheter associated UTIs and improved safety of TPN administration. Dr. Totapally is passionate about teaching residents and fellows. Over the years he received several Best Teacher awards from the residents. He is the Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine
at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program
and the Medical Director of the PICU. Dr. Totapally is also the Medical Director of PALS program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. He has been appointed as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU.
Dr. Totapally actively participates in the national PICU-focus group sponsored by NACHRI and is the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Medical Director for the VPS database. In addition, he represents Nicklaus Children’s at the national PICU-BSI collaborative. Dr. Totapally oversees Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s participation in the National Registry for CPR (NRCPR).
American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics) - Certified
American Board of Pediatrics (Ped Critical Care Med) - Certified
United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (Neurocritical Care) - Certified