Critical Care Anesthesia

Faculty in the rapidly expanding Division of Critical Care Anesthesia provide intensivist coverage in the cardiothoracic surgical ICU, the surgical/trauma ICU, and the medical ICU.

Thanks to the growth of the transplant and mechanical circulatory device (VAD, ECMO, Total Artificial Heart) programs, our faculty now provide exclusive coverage in the CT surgical ICU. Our team of anesthesiology residents, fellows and advanced practice providers participate in daily, multidisciplinary ICU rounds where complex
cases are discussed at bedside.

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health are home to one of the nation’s leading organ transplant programs. As experts in their field, our surgeons and physicians provide world-class care to heart, lung, heart/kidney, heart/liver, and heart/lung recipients in the CT surgical ICU.

UW Health is also dedicated to growing its extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program. The current program supports approximately 60 cases per year. As part of UW Health’s ECMO Team, our faculty participate in ECMO patient selection and management. Interested faculty will also play an increasing role in the cannulation of ECMO patients. Our division is developing ECMO cannulation training modules and will soon share this procedural responsibility with CT surgical colleagues.

The Division of Critical Care Anesthesia sponsors an ACGME-accredited ACCM fellowship for two fellows per year. In addition to our core responsibility to resident and fellow education, research endeavors are encouraged with well-developed institutional and departmental research funds.

Division Highlight

Dr. Gozde Demiralp joined the Division of Critical Care Anesthesia in August 2020 as the medical director of the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery ICU (CTICU). Within the three years of her arrival, despite Covid pandemic, the capacity of CTICU team managed to grow tremendously.

Currently, CTICU has 12 dedicated cardiac intensivist faculty who provide 24/7 coverage for the sickest of UW Health Hospitals. CTICU is home to all Cardiac Surgery, complex aortic surgery, Heart and Lung Transplants, as well as all solid organ transplant combinations when Heart and/or Lung is transplanted. CTICU is also the hub for VA ECMO and all other short-term mechanical circulatory devices. CTICU now hosts many resident and fellow rotations, as well as medical student electives.

Most recently, CTICU started building their own Critical Care Advanced Practice Provider team, and we continue to actively hire for these positions. Although many QI projects have been completed and CTICU looks very different than 3 years ago, the entire ACCM division continues to work hard to elevate this unit beyond expectations.

Division Chief

Gozde Demiralp, MD

Gozde Demiralp, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
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Critical Care 2023
Critical Care 2023: Pictured: Justin Tawil, MD, Gozde Demiralp, MD, Anila Bhatti, MD, Christopher Cassara, MD, Micah Long, MD, FCCM, John Dollerschell, MD. Not Pictured: Robert Arrigo, MD, Danielle Bruder, NP, Stuart Feichtinger, MD, Laura Hammel, MD, Nicholas Schumacher, NP