Division of Critical Care Anesthesiology
Faculty in the Division of Critical Care Anesthesiology, a part of NYU Langone Health’s Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine, serve as mentors to physicians in training, conduct research on patient safety and outcomes in the intensive care unit (ICU), and provide care to critically ill patients using the latest approaches to anesthesiology.
Under the leadership of Mark E. Nunnally, MD, division director, our physicians practice, teach, and conduct research at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn.
Our Role in Education
Division faculty ensure that the training of medical students, residents, and fellows is grounded in evidence-based, patient-centered anesthesiology care for the critically ill.
Our anesthesiologists have developed a critical care curriculum through which medical students learn principles of applied physiology while caring for the most seriously ill patients in our hospitals.
Residents in the Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine Residency rotate through NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, which houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a brain and spinal cord injury center, and a limb reimplantation center, and has a large base of critically ill patients. Trainees see a wide variety of trauma, general surgical, thoracic, neurosurgical, vascular, and cardiac surgical patients. The Trauma Anesthesia and Critical Care (TRACC) service at Bellevue allows the critical care physician to be integrally involved in the perioperative care of patients when they become critically ill.
We also offer an elective in the cardiovascular ICU at Tisch Hospital for third-year residents. This elective provides trainees the opportunity to manage severe cardiovascular illness, while learning about postoperative care of cardiothoracic surgical patients, advanced physiology, and mechanical device support.
Overall, Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion have a large patient referral base, allowing our trainees to manage common problems that arise in the ICU, as well as learn from unusual and complex cases.
Our division offers a comprehensive Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship, in which physicians are trained in the interdisciplinary management of the ICU patient. Using a progressive curriculum, our goal is to train future experts in the field. Trainees benefit from a case load of complex patients in medical, surgical, transplantation, and neurology services.
A rich schedule of didactic instruction and conferences complements the clinical learning environment. In addition, our trainees gain experience with the principles of research and quality improvement. We also introduce them to the greater care community through mentorship and participation in national conferences.
Our Role in Research
Our researchers are investigating cognition and patient safety and seeking effective decision aids in the electronic medical record for sepsis care. We are also conducting an outcomes assessment of cardiothoracic surgery in patients taking beta blockers. In a separate study, we are using infrared spectroscopy to assess limb ischemia and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
We maintain an inquisitive learning environment and benefit from multispecialty alliances across the institution and its hospitals, making it possible to explore a variety of research questions. Our expertise in guideline development presents an opportunity for trainees to learn advanced skills in study appraisal and the conversion of evidence into recommendations.
Our Role in Patient Care
At Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion, all surgical, cardiovascular, and medical ICU patients are cared for by a critical care team consisting of attendings and residents from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine; Medicine; Neurology; Emergency Medicine; and Surgery. Critical care anesthesiology, surgery, and pulmonology residents as well as critical care fellows are an integral part of the team.
At Bellevue, the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine residents and critical care fellows and attendings collaborate with critical care specialists in the Department of Surgery to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to all patients in the closed surgical ICU.
For more information about our division, please contact Dr. Nunnally at firstname.lastname@example.org.