Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine

Critical Care

The Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) provides critical care services in the burn ICU, cardiovascular ICU, neurological ICU and surgical ICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and in the surgical ICU at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) Veterans Administration Medical Center in Nashville. Additionally, division members provide perioperative anesthetic care for patients undergoing major surgery, and some participate in the perioperative consult service both at Vanderbilt and at the VA TVHS, Nashville. An ongoing alliance between the ACCM Division and the School of Nursing supports acute care nurse practitioner intensivist training.

The division strives to provide excellent patient care, promote education and engage in scholarly activity. Faculty and fellows keep abreast of modern technology and the changing spectrum of caring for the critically ill. This includes proficiency in ultrasound, echocardiography and management of patients with ventricular assist devices or who are on ECMO. 

The ACGME-accredited ACCM fellowship provides fellows with a diverse clinical experience through our subspecialty ICUs and an innovative didactic program.

Division faculty frequently participate in regional, national and international educational activities and have taken on leadership roles in national organizations such as SCCM, ASA, SOCCA and the American Delirium Society; in VUH and VUMC administration, including the directorship of the BICU, NCU, CVICU, Adult ECMO and CELA; in the medical school curriculum redesign, via innovative immersion programs; and in the IRB. 

Active research programs encompass clinical, translational and bench research that focuses on perioperative risk factors and mechanisms of cognitive impairment, kidney injury, sepsis and its monitoring, education and implementation science, health resource utilization, multisensory training, music in medicine, device development and quality improvement projects.