Medical Director: Michael Khilkin, DO
Cardiothoracic Surgical Director: Joseph DeRose, MD
Medical Co-Director: Jay Berger, MD, PhD
This 18-bed 4 East Heart Center Unit (10 CT Surgery; 8 Cardiology/CHF) is a teaching unit. Patients are jointly managed by Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology and Critical Care. Critical Care Medicine is directly responsible for the management and staffing of the CSICU. All procedures are done by Cardiothoracic Surgery or Critical Care housestaff.
Upon admission, CSICU patients frequently present with coronary artery bypass graft, valvular surgery and thoracic surgery. Acute cardiac medical intensive care diagnoses include myocardial infarction, unstable angina, cardiogenic shock and complex arrhthymias.
Einstein Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program fellows rotating through the CSICU are exposed to management of perioperative cardiac failure and cardiogenic shock, post-operative emergencies including cardiac tamponade and hemorrhage, severe respiratory failure and renal failure.