Andrew W. Kiragu, MD


Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

"I love working with children. They are energetic, funny, curious, loving human beings. My goal is to provide exceptional care without exception to the most critically injured or ill children who are cared for in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit."

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Kiragu is currently the Interim Chief of Pediatrics. As chief, he has continued the strong tradition of exceptional care without exception for children here at HCMC that started under the leadership of Dr. Richard Raile, the first Chief of Pediatrics, over 60 years ago. Under his leadership, the department continues its strong commitment to research, resident and medical student education as well as growth of the departments community engagement. Dr. Kiragu has served as the Medical Director of HCMC's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) since 2003. Under his leadership, the PICU has provided extraordinary care to critically ill and injured children. Notably, the PICU has achieved outstanding outcomes compared to other PICU's across the country using national benchmark data. Dr. Kiragu has considerable experience and expertise in neurocritical care and the management of neurotrauma. He serves as Co-Medical Director of the Pediatric Brain Injury Program at HCMC which since 1989, has served over 4,000 children with acquired brain injuries. Dr. Kiragu is also passionate about injury prevention and was awarded a $200,000 grant through the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to establish an Injury-Free Coalition for Kids (IFCK) site in Minneapolis at HCMC, with a goal of studying and promoting injury prevention across the state. He currently serves on the national board of IFCK and is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. Locally, he serves on the Advisory Board of Safe Kids, MN. Dr. Kiragu is also a passionate advocate for children and is President-Elect of the MN Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics where he works with other pediatricians to improve the lives of Minnesota's kids.

Media, Newsletters and Videos


  • Board certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Board certified in Pediatric Critical Care by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota


  • Best Doctor, Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  • Up & Away Service Award, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Minnesota Stroke Association
  • Commitment to Service Award, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Minnesota Stroke Association
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Science Advisory Team, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Mark Snelling Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • George R. Noren Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, HCMC

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Minnesota Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, President-Elect
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Minnesota Association of Black Physicians
  • Society of Pediatric Sedation
  • Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance
  • Injury Free Coalition for Kids


  • Wozniak, J.R., Krach, L.E., Ward, E.E., Mueller, B.A., Muetzel, R.L., Schnoebelen, S.S., Kriel, R.L., Kiragu, AW, and Lim, K.O. Neurocognitive and Neuroimaging Correlates of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) Study. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 22(5): 555-68, June 2007.
  • McKinney, AM, Thompson, LR, Karagulle A, Kiragu AW, Truwitt, CL. Unilateral Hypoxic-Ischemic Injury in Young Children from Abusive Head Trauma, Lacking Craniocervical Vascular Dissection or Cord Injury., Pediatric Radiology. 38(2): 164-74, March 2008.
  • Kiragu AW, D Johnson, J Zier and DN Cornfield. Diagnostic utility of blood cultures in postoperative pediatric patients. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 10(3): 364-68, May 2009
  • Pressley JC, Kiragu A, Lapidus G, Pomerantz WJ, Ford H, Barlow B, Race and ethnic differences in a multicenter study of home safety with vouchers redeemable for free safety devices., Journal of Trauma. 67(1 Suppl) S3-11, July 2009
  • Philbrook JK, Kiragu AW, Geppert JS, Graham PR, Richardson LM, Kriel RL. Pediatric Injury Prevention: Methods of Booster Seat Education. Pediatric Nursing 2009 Jul-Aug; 35(4): 215-20.


"I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to travel. I love to read. Science fiction and fantasy as well as African and African-American literature and poetry are the main genres I enjoy."


Medical School

Howard University, Washington, DC, USA


Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


Pediatric Critical Care, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA