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Critical Care Medicine Department

Fellows work collaboratively on simulation exercises.
Fellows work collaboratively on simulation exercises.

Welcome to the Website for Critical Care Medicine Department, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health.

The Critical Care Medicine Department of the NIH-Clinical Center was established in 1979 to provide clinical care for Clinical Center patients in need of life support and other intensive medical interventions. Since the NIH-Clinical Center is the world's largest clinical research facility, the hospital has patients from across the country and around the world who have challenging and complex underlying diseases. While being evaluated and treated with conventional and investigational therapies, these patients may develop life threatening sepsis, pneumonia, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver failure, kidney failure, and neurologic dysfunction that require intensive medical management.

Department leadership is actively involved in research projects.
Department leadership is actively involved in research projects.

The Critical Care Medicine Department has developed into a complex academic program that manages a medical and surgical intensive care program, but which also has nationally prominent research and training programs. Our 12 senior staff physicians are trained in critical care medicine, but many are additionally trained in pulmonary medicine, anesthesiology, infectious disease, or cardiology. The physicians are known nationally and internationally for the basic research in mechanisms of inflammation and host immune response. They are known nationally and internationally for their clinical investigations into sepsis, ARDS, HIV/AIDS, anthrax, and the infectious complications of immunosuppression. Senior staff are widely published, and have held leadership positions in national organizations including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Board of Internal Medicine Critical Care Medicine Subspecialty Test Committee. Department faculty also serve as Associate Editors of prominent journals.

Morning rounds provide opportunities for teaching and interdisciplinary care.
Morning rounds provide opportunities for teaching and interdisciplinary care. At NIH, referring teams are encouraged to join rounds so that information about underlying diseases and prior history is fully integrated into the care plan.

The Department sponsors a widely sought after ACGME training program in Critical Care Medicine that attracts highly rated residents from internal medicine programs nationally who wish to train in critical care medicine in combination, in many cases, with pulmonary medicine, infectious diseases, or cardiology. Fellows accepted into this program are heavily focused on developing careers in academic medicine, and stay an average of 4-5 years for clinical and research training. CCMD is proud that its graduates are highly sought for academic positions, and are highly successful in attaining leadership positions.

This website provides an overview of the activities and resources which the Critical Care Medicine Department provides.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide high quality and cost effective clinical service that meets the needs of the Clinical Center and NIH Institutes, to facilitate the research goals of NIH Institutes of investigators, and to conduct high quality research and training in Critical Care Medicine.

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This page last updated on 08/29/2018

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