Hulya Bayir, MD

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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Dr. Hülya Bayir is the chief of the division of critical and palliative care and hospital medicine in the department of pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Bayir joined Columbia from University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where she was the founding director of Children’s Neuroscience Institute and held the UPMC Chair in Critical Care Pediatric Research.

With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Bayir is a physician-scientist working in the pediatric intensive care unit of NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, a 41-bed medical-surgical unit. Dr. Bayir has both clinical and basic research interests in the detection and mitigation of brain injuries. She has established a world-recognized research program focused on damaging and signaling mechanisms of free radicals and oxidatively modified biomolecules in brain injury. Her grants as principal investigator, funded by NIAID, NINDS, and NICHD, involve collaborations between basic, translational, and clinical science researchers.

Dr. Bayir has received many honors and awards for her clinical, teaching and research contributions, including 2021 Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2018 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award from the University of Pittsburgh and 2017 Clinical Science Award from the Society for Free Radical Research-Europe Oxygen Club of California. She has published more than 200 articles, reviews, chapters, and editorials.  

Dr. Bayir attended medical school at the Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, and graduated in 1995. She received her training in pediatrics at the Hacettepe University Children’s Hospital, Ankara, Turkey (1995-1996) and State University of New York at Stony Brook (1996-1999). Dr. Bayir then completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (1999-2002). Dr. Bayir served for 20 years on the faculty of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Bayir is a member of the Neurotrauma Society, The American Society for Clinical Investigation, and The Association of American Physicians.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Neuro Critical Care
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pediatrics

Administrative Titles

  • Division Director

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
  • Residency: Stony Brook University
  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine