About the Neuroscience Critical Care Program


The Neurocritical Care Service at OHSU is the first in Oregon and has quickly become one of the premier West Coast programs. OHSU is recognized nationally for excellence in cerebrovascular neurosurgery, stroke care, interventional neuroradiology, and functional neurosurgery. OHSU has been a leader in almost every clinical trial for the treatment of stroke, cerebral aneurysms, and subarachnoid hemorrhage; currently more than 25 clinical trials are ongoing, enabling OHSU to provide the most up-to-date treatments available. Basic science research is also an essential feature of the program. Faculty members from the Neurocritical Care Service are at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the neurosciences; their discoveries will ultimately lead to the future advances in patient care.

The Neurosciences Critical Care Team is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, the OHSU Stroke Center and Interventional Neuroradiology.


In addition to excellent physician leadership, this team also has experienced nurses trained in neuro-injury, physician assistants, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical therapists, social workers, case manager and palliative care. Our highly skilled staff has an enthusiastic spirit that is focused on providing patients with the best possible experience. The collaborative model adds enormous strength in providing excellence in patient care, as well as a unique educational and training environment. Meet our team


Our goal is to support you the community by providing the level of service your patients require and working closely with you to ensure the best possible outcomes following discharge.

Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit Objectives

Clinical Excellence

Clinical excellence through a cohesive multidisciplinary approach, integrating experts from multiple departments who are fully trained intensivists specialized in neurocritical care. from the Departments of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Neurology, and Critical Care Medicine.


Service to the region as a major referral center, drawing patients from Oregon, Southern Washington, Northern California, Idaho, and Montana. We participate in teaching and outreach programs for regional Emergency Room physicians, internists, general neurologists, Emergency Medical Team (EMT) personnel. Telemedicine capabilities further support this mission by enabling direct, personalized patient care and consultations to participating hospitals.


Leadership and participation in ongoing multi-center clinical trials and basic-science research funded by National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical companies, the institutional GCRC and the Department of Epidemiology/Biostatistics. Clinical trials include the latest therapies and treatment strategies for subarachnoid hemorrhage, ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and traumatic brain injury. Cutting edge basic science research includes investigations into the cellular pathways underlying ischemic brain injury, calcium channel modulation, sympathetic nervous system dysfunction in traumatic brain injury, neuroprotection, and plasticity after brain injury.


Education of fellows, residents and medical students. OHSU is one of the premier training programs in neurocritical care on the West Coast. We offer a comprehensive 2 year UCNS-accredited fellowship program. In addition, the Neurosciences ICU is the central resource for education in the principles and practice of neurocritical care for trainees from departmentments of Anesthesiology & Perioperative medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Critical Care Medicine. Rotations in neurocritical care for visiting residents and fellows may be arranged.