Neurocritical Care Division
UT Southwestern Medical Center established the Neurocritical Care program in 2006 to provide multidisciplinary intensive care for critically ill neurological patients at both Zale Lipshy University Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Our faculty members, fellows and faculty associates participate in clinical studies and randomized trials. Christiana Hall, M.D. is investigating the role of tight glucose control in ischemic stroke. Other ongoing research projects include intrathecalt-PA for reduction of hydrocephalus after subarachnoid hemorrhage and the role of steroids in the management of brain abscesses.
Within two years, the Neurocritical Care program established a comprehensive fellowship program, which was approved by UT Southwestern and the Texas Medical Board in April 2008. A solid critical care training curriculum was developed to prepare fellows for brain resuscitation and comprehensive care of critically ill neurological patients.
Didactic teachings include biweekly Neurocritical Care Lecture/Journal Clubs and weekly Cerebral Vascular and Neurological Conference.
Residents rotate through the Neurocritical Care service for three months. This has not only helped residents learn neurocritical care but also fostered an excellent relationship between neurosurgery service and the NCC team, which has produced long-lasting positive effects on patient care and education.
Neurocritical care faculty also offer an elective two to four week rotation for medical students.
A 20-bed Neurointensive Care Unit is located in University Hospital-Zale Lipshy. Also, ORs and Angiosuites, with a respiratory therapy hub and a clinical laboratory within the unit. Diagnostic services, including CT scan and MRI are on the ground level. Continuous EEG monitoring is available for the evaluation and management of seizures.
Members of the Neurocritical Care Division
Venkatesh Aiyagari, MD, Professor and Section Head
Christiana Hall, MD, Assistant Professor and Fellowship Director
Roberta Novakovic, MD, Assistant Professor
Stephen Figueroa, MD, Assistant Instructor
Eugene Gu, MD, Assistant Professor
DaiWai Olson, RN, PhD
Claudette Lohr, BS, RN, CCRC, Research Coordinator
Bappaditya Ray, MD, Fellow