Critical Care

ColumbiaDoctors' critical care team provides expert, around-the-clock care for critically ill patients in our partner hospitals, including NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.  We are dedicated to providing cutting-edge, technologically advanced critical care services to patients with life-threatening illnesses.  Our intensive care specialists directly supervise each patient's care. They coordinate teams of doctors, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, and specially trained critical care professionals.

Our team includes dedicated physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists who provide rehabilitation therapy early on in our patients' time in the intensive care units to expedite the recovery and quality of life after hospitalization. 

We understand the need for support and information as families make decisions about their loved ones’ care and we are committed to helping families through all the challenges that accompany life-threatening illness.

Areas of Focus

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit 

Our team has extensive experience in caring for the most critically ill cardiac patients.  Attending physicians, physician assistants, residents, and fellows, along with specialty-trained cardiac nurses, provide 24/7 care using the most sophisticated monitoring available.

Neurological Intensive Care Unit

The Neurocritical Care Program is one of the oldest and most established in the country.  We combine specialty-trained physicians and nurses, state-of-the-art treatment facilities, and advanced monitoring and treatment modalities for life-threatening neurological diseases and emergencies.

Medical Intensive Care Unit 

Our intensive care specialists combine world-class critical care with leading-edge technology and therapy for critical illnesses, ranging from refractory hypoxemic respiratory failure to septic shock to fulminant liver failure.

Columbia Medical ECMO Program  

The Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program is one of the only adult ECMO programs in the world, focused on providing ECMO for critical conditions that may be best managed with this advanced technology.  Such medical indications include hypoxemic or hypercapneic respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension and other severe conditions that require longer-term oxygenation support to allow for the recovery of the heart and lungs.