Neurocritical Care

Neurocritical Care

Dr. Parra, Dr. Garvin, and Dr. Seifi
Shaheryar Hafeez, MD, Rachel Garvin, MD (Division Chief), Ali Seifi, MD, FACP (Director of the NeuroICU)

What is Neurocritical Care?

Neurocritical Care is a sub-specialty of critical care where providers are trained to care for patients with disease or injury to the brain and/or spinal cord and associated nerves.

Patients with neurologic disorders have special needs that require a careful, coordinated multi-system approach to care. Examples of conditions cared for in the NeuroICU include severe traumatic brain injury, stroke, seizure disorders, neuromuscular disease, and multi-system organ dysfunction.

The Neurocritical Care team is composed of different providers with specialized training all working together to provide comprehensive patient care.




Physicians with a background in neurology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine or anesthesia who complete specialized fellowship training in Neurocritical Care.


Neurosurgeons in surgery

Collaborative Specialists

The Neurocritical Care team works very closely with multiple specialists:

  • Neurosurgeons care for patients who need emergent or elective surgical interventions on the brain, spine, and associated nerves.¬†
  • Neurologists care for patients who require medical management of complex neurologic issues.
  • Trauma Surgeons care for patients with multi-system traumatic injuries.
Critical Care Nurse -

Critical Care Nurses

Nurses that have specialized training to care for patients that are critically ill. Nurses in the NeuroICU are certified in critical care and also have specific training in the care of patients with neurologic conditions.

Additional Team Members -

Additional Team Members

Multiple other members complete the Neurocritical Care team including: pharmacists specializing in critical care, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, critical care technicians, social workers and case managers.