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Critical Care

The Critical Care Division of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine is comprised of specialized medical intensivists holding board certification in critical care in addition to anesthesiology, surgery, or medicine.  Our Division of Critical care is one of the oldest in the country. It began operating in the early 1960s as a unit specializing primarily in the care of complex patients with respiratory failure. Over the years, the practice of our Division has expanded to all branches of critical care medicine. Currently, our Surgical ICU admits critically ill patients that have undergone major vascular, thoracic, orthopedic, and general surgical procedures, as well as patients who have suffered from trauma and severe infections. 

Our 20-bed Surgical ICU is staffed 24 hrs a day with attending intensivists from the anesthesia and surgery departments and has continuous in-house coverage with trainees from various Departments. 

Our critical care doctors staff other hospital units as well, including:

  • the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), which stabilizes patients immediately following surgical procedures requiring general anesthesia.
  • the Respiratory Acute Care Unit, where patients recovering from critical illness receive specialized assistance in recovering from acute respiratory failure and in removal of their respirators.
  • the Airway Management Service, staffed by anesthesia residents with the supervision of critical care fellows and staff, is available 24 hours a day to manage airway emergencies throughout the hospital.

Vibrant educational and research programs administered by the division ensure that our physicians retain their status as leaders within this demanding subspecialty.

A rich research effort aligned with the Division encompasses the full spectrum of medical discovery, including basic science, translational research, and clinical investigation.

Faculty members are passionately engaged in educating Critical Care Fellowship trainees who are positioned to lead the field.

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Department of Anesthesia,
Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Gray-Bigelow 444
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

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