Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

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The multidisciplinary care team in Penn ICUs

We believe strongly that our patients benefit from multidisciplinary care, in which different professionals work together to achieve high-quality, safe patient care.

Team members


Our ICUs led by multidisciplinary Unit-Based Clinical Leadership (UBCL) teams. These teams include physician medical directors, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists, and operations staff with expertise in quality improvement.


Our ICU physicians have primary training in anesthesiology and surgery, with one obstetrician-gynecologist intensivist.


Both HUP and Presby have Magnet status, an indicator of nursing excellence. Our ICU nurses all have BSN training, as do all the nurses at Penn. Additionally, many of our nurses pursue CCRN and ATCN certification.

Advanced Practice Providers (APPs)

We work shoulder-to-shoulder with our APPs, who are either nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Our APPs help us ensure that we are consistently delivering high-quality care in accordance with clinical practice guidelines that our group has adopted. 


Our pharmacists round with us every weekday, helping us reconcile hospital and home medications, adjust dosing for changes in renal and hepatic function, and choose therapies while accounting for comorbid conditions and adverse reactions.

Respiratory therapists

Our respiratory therapists join us for rounds and make independent ventilator adjustments for most patients as part of our Challenge to Wean protocol.

Physical therapists and occupational therapists

These therapists work with our patients to preserve mobility and strength and to recover strength lost in critical illness.


Our nutritionists help us meet our patients' caloric and protein needs in the face of changing metabolic requirements and mechanical or functional disruptions in bowel function.


We have chaplains on call 24/7 to help patients and families cope with critical illness and loss.

ICU Rounds at Penn Presbyterian
Our physical therapist leads us in wall sits during ICU rounds in the old Myrin 2 SICU at Penn Presbyterian.