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Cara Lyn Agerstrand, MD

Board Certifications: 
Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease Medicine
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Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine

Education & Training

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

About Cara Agerstrand

Dr. Cara L. Agerstrand is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. She received her MD at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed both her residency in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Agerstrand is committed to providing outstanding care to patients with critical illness and pulmonary disease. She has research and clinical interests in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), extracorporeal CO2removal, critical care outcomes, and the pulmonary effects of air pollution.

Academic Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Female

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Research

Research Interests

  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Air pollution and Asthma
  • Critical Care Outcomes
  • Extracorporeal CO2 Removal
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Grants

Stony World-Herbert Fund

Selected Publications

Agerstrand CL, Chillrud SN, Jung KH, Chang HW, Rosa MJ, Moors K, Divjan A, Perzanowski MS, Perera FP, Miller RL. Increased Residential Levels Of Ambient Nickel Are Associated With Asthma-Related Outcomes In Urban Children. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2012; 185: A5681.

Miller RL, Agerstrand CL. Targeting of household air pollution: Interpretation of RESPIRE. Lancet. 2011, Nov 12; 378(9804):1682-4. PMID: 22078673.
Agerstrand C, Burkart K, Baldwin M, Bulman W, Brenner K, Bacchetta M, Brodie D. Conservative blood transfusion strategies are effective for the management of adult patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2011, 183: A1655
Baldwin M, Bulman W, Agerstrand C, Brenner K, Burkart K, Bacchetta M, Brodie D. Veno-venous extra corporeal membrane oxygenation with bi-caval dual lumen internal jugular catheter permits safe transport of adult patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2011, 183: A1649.
Brenner K, Baldwin M, Agerstrand C, Bulman W, Burkart K, Bacchetta M, Brodie D. Improvements in dynamic pulmonary compliance with a very low tidal volume ventilation strategy and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2011, 183: A1648.
Kawut, SM, Al-Naamani N, Agerstrand C, Berman Rosenzweig E, Rowan C, Barst RJ, Bergmann S, Horn EM. Determinants of right ventricular ejection fraction in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Chest. 2009, Mar; 135(3):752-9. PMID: 18849396.
Bakken AM, Galaria II, Agerstrand CL, Saad WE, Surowiec SM, Singh MJ, Rhodes JM, Lee D, Patel NC, Illig KA, Waldman DL, Davies MG. Percutaneous therapy to maintain dialysis access successfully prolongs functional duration after primary failure. Annals of Vascular Surgery. 2007, Jul; 21(4):474-80. PMID: 17499964
Agerstrand C, Taubman M. Role of glucocorticoid receptor in mediating the stability of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 mRNA. University of Rochester Medical Center Research Symposium, Rochester, NY, September 2003.