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Welcome to the Section of Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania

The Section of Critical Care is an integral component of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and the Department of Medicine and a core part of the teaching programs for the Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.

Overview

Since the early 20th century, the University of Pennsylvania has been on the forefront in the field of Pulmonary Medicine. Julius Comroe, MD pioneered the clinical application of pulmonary function testing. Robert Rogers, MD launched one of the nation's first respiratory intensive care units at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Alfred Fishman, MD established one of the first NIH-funded Specialized Centers of Research in respiratory medicine at Penn Founded in 1952 by Robert Mayock, MD, the Division of Pulmonary Medicine is now know as the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care and includes nearly 40 faculty members and 20 fellows work at four hospitals in central Philadelphia, an outpatient satellite facility in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and the Medical School's newest biomedical research building on the campus of the former Philadelphia General Hospital.

The Section of Critical Care, within the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, is committed to scientifically-based, humanistic health care and to life-long, professional self-education within a close-knit community of academic clinicians and scholars. The Section is an integral part of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and the Department of Medicine and a core part of the teaching programs for the Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.

Our mission in the Penn Section of Critical Care Medicine is three-fold:

  • to provide superior quality care to critically ill patients and their families using the most advanced therapies available
  • to attract and train the future leaders in critical care
  • to perform state of the art research to lead the country in advancing the field of critical care medicine

The Penn Difference:

  • Multidisciplinary team approach for integrated care of critically ill patients in the HUP Medical Intensive Care Unit, Penn-Presbyterian Intensive Care Unit, Pennsylvania Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
  • Cutting edge therapies with programs such as sedation minimization, delirium prevention, therapeutic hypothermia, and early physical therapy in the ICU
  • Integration of newest research findings and highest standards into the front-line of medical care through the use of clinical protocols and pathways
  • Programs for quality improvement focused on reducing complications and enhancing recovery
  • Procedure and Resuscitation Service to ensure safety of procedures and prompt response to patients in need
  • Consultative services and training programs for medical professionals around the world
  • Core team of dynamic investigators with a national reputation for research excellence in advancing the field of critical care
  • Active research in the areas of critical care organization and processes, end-of-life care and decision making, sepsis, acute lung injury, and mechanical ventilation practices.
  • Multi-center clinical trials that give patients access to pioneering therapies
  • Close clinical and research collaborations with the Center for Resuscitation Science, Hyperbaric Medicine, and the Penn Transplant Institute
  • Collaboration with the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center intensive care units
  • Continuing care by our intensivists for patients in need of long-term acute care through integration with Good Shepherd Penn Partners

For academic and research inquiries:
Laurel Kalman
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
8th Floor, Gates Pavillion
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Phone: 215-573-8979
Email: lkalman@exchange.upenn.edu

For patient and care inquiries:
1-800-789-PENN