©2018 by CA Humikowski MD.

"Let me put it this way: She's the sort of person you would want on your side in a bar fight."

-JC, pediatric resident

CATHERINE
HUMIKOWSKI

Physician | Writer | Parent | Survivor

 

ABOUT

I am a pediatric intensive care physician who survived a cardiac arrest on the day my daughter was born. Also on the list of things that nearly killed me: cancer, internship, and the one time I tried capoeira. I live in Chicago where I practice medicine, hang out with my family, and write about survivorship and resilience.

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CV

I earned my AB and MD from The University of Chicago, then trained in pediatrics and critical care medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. I was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Chicago until 2017 when I left academics to spend more time raising my daughter and writing a book. I continue to practice pediatric critical care around Chicago.

 

ESSAYS

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BEYOND BURNOUT

"Just before dawn on a Sunday, I wake to a frightening declaration in my head: I don't want to be a doctor anymore."

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FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH

"About a year ago, I died. Just for a few minutes, but long enough that I had a round of chest compressions so deep my sternum ached for weeks..."

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE OP-ED

"During my first week in Chicago, I cared for as many children with gunshot wounds as I had seen over the course of two years in Boston..."

"Ten Best Stories to Read this Week", Chicago Magazine

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CONFESSION

"Wednesday, 6 a.m. Time to hear about the new admissions before rounds. An infant was found unresponsive in his crib..."

For a list of academic publications, click here.

 

MEDIA

 

NEXT:

In my first book, I explore the forces necessary to secure death-defying outcomes in modern critical care. Based on three intensive care physicians' personal experiences near death, Reanimated is about the narrow space where science, humanity, and spirit overlap to restore life against the odds.