Stanford Neurocritical Care Program


The Stanford neurocritical care program provides unparalleled care for patients with critical neurologic illness. The neurocritical care program is dedicated to the tripartite academic neurocritical care mission to: (1) provide excellent clinical care for the sickest, most vulnerable patients, (2) educate the future generation of practitioners including physicians, nurses, and advanced practice providers, and (3) perform cutting edge research to bring discovery to the bedside and improve patient outcomes.


The neurocritical care team emphasizes multidisciplinary interprofessional care. There are seven board-certified physicians, all of whom are fellowship trained in neurocritical care, who provide 24 hour clinical coverage of the neurocritical care unit, the emergency room, and the other inpatient units at Stanford. We care for patients with primary neurologic illness, neurological complications of systemic illness, and neurological emergencies. The diseases treated by a neurocritical care physician are broad, and include stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, brain injury after cardiac arrest, seizures, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disorders, and many others.  All members of the neurocritical care faculty also have training in neurovascular disease and provide inpatient care for stroke patients. Stanford neurocritical care providers are active in national academic societies and participate in writing guidelines and setting practice standards for neurocritical care.


The Stanford neurocritical care group is committed to rigorously training future generations of neurocritical care, stroke, neurosurgery, and critical care medicine  physicians. The faculty work together to train Stanford fellows, residents and medical students. Our neurocritical care fellows benefit from strong training in general critical care along with neurocritical care, and fellows rotate in multiple practice settings including academic, county, and private community settings. Graduates from our UCNS certified neurocritical care fellowship have gone on to work in a variety of practice settings and make significant contributions to the field.


The Stanford neurocritical group has a long history of experience and success in performing clinical trials and basic science research. As one of the leading neurocritical care research groups in the country, there are many ongoing clinical trials in neurocritical care and robust basic science and translational research programs. Recognizing that the treatments of tomorrow are rooted in the research of today, all of the neurocritical care faculty members participate extensively in this research mission.   

Neurocritical Care Program

The Stanford Neurocritical Care service provides unparalleled care for patients with critical neurologic illnesses at Stanford Health Care. Our neurocritical specialists are all fellowship-trained in neurocritical care and provide advanced diagnostics, neuroimaging, multimodality monitoring and comprehensive treatment plans.