Critical care doctors at University of Minnesota Physicians specialize in managing the care of patients in intensive care units. Called "intensivists," these physicians are highly trained and experienced in caring for people with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. They have specialized in an area such as internal medicine, surgery or anesthesiology and have additional training in critical care medicine.
Intensivists work closely with each patient’s specialized physicians and critical care nurses, who carefully monitor patients’ conditions. They lead the multi-disciplinary teams assembled to meet each patient’s needs, including nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and chaplains.
Critical care physicians of UMPhysicians serve in intensive care units at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Southdale Hospital and Fairview Ridges Hospital. At the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, intensivists are pediatric specialists. They serve in the neonatal intensive care unit (for premature infants and newborns) and the pediatric intensive care unit.