Neurosciences Critical Care


The University of Chicago has one of the most reputable neurocritical care programs in the world, staffed with full-time physicians who are leaders in the field. This clinical program is foundational for both Neurology and Neurosurgery, and it allows the physicians at the University of Chicago to accept patients from near and far with the most extreme neurological and neurosurgical problems to provide the most contemporary management. In addition, the physicians of this program are at the forefront of their field – as clinicians, educators, and researchers. Also, our reputable and accredited 2 year fellowship program in neurocritical care, we have visitors from all over the world who have an interest in learning how to better care for these patients. While delivery of care to the critically ill neurological and neurosurgical patients mainly happens within the dedicated Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit, the program is involved with the management of critically ill patients (adults and children) with neurological complications in other critical care environments. Some of the illnesses and clinical problems of focus include:

  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Acute ischemic stroke interventions and thrombolytic therapy
  • Stroke related cerebral edema (hemispheric and cerebellar)
  • Cerebral edema
  • Intracranial hypertension
  • Brain death
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Status epilepticus
  • Coma
  • Metabolic encephalopathies
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Myasthenia gravis crisis
  • Neurological prognostication

The physicians and fellows who comprise this program are available around the clock to their established patients and to receive referrals for transfer. If you wish to acutely transfer a patient to this program, please call (773) 702-6800 and ask for the neurology resident or NeuroICU Attending on call (pager 6020).

Learn more about our fellowship program and the neuroCritical Care faculty by clicking here: NeuroCritical Care Faculty and Fellowship