Einstein/Montefiore Division of Critical Care Medicine

Richard H. Savel, M.D.

Dr. Richard H. Savel

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Critical Care)

Professor of Clinical Neurology, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology


Professional Interests

Dr. Savel obtained his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (cum laude, distinction in the major) from Yale University in 1990.  He went to medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and graduated with an MD degree in 1994.  He completed his internal medicine residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1997.  In 2002 he completed a multidisciplinary Critical Care fellowship at the  University of California San Francisco Medical Center, where he received the honor of being a National Institutes of Health research fellow, focusing on acute lung injury. 


His research areas have included acute lung injury/ARDS, severe sepsis syndrome/septic shock, surgical critical care, and the care of the critically ill bariatric patient.  He has had a long-standing interest in computers and healthcare.


Dr. Savel is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and was the founding editor of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's iCritical Care Podcast, a project he initially developed in the summer of 2005.  He is a seven-time winner of the Presidential Citation award for his contributions to SCCM.


Dr. Savel is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Neurocritical care.  He is also a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.  He joined the Montefiore/AECOM Critical Care faculty in May of 2008.  From 2008-2013 he was the Medical Co-Director of the Surgical ICU on the Moses campus. When he was at Montefiore, he was director of education for the division of CCM.  He was also medical director for the CCM PA residency, and medical director of the CCM PA section.  He also founded and ran K608, the medical student clerkship in CCM at Montefiore from 2009-2013.   He remains on the per-diem faculty at Montefiore.  He is currently director of Surgical Critical Care at Maimonides Medical Center.  


Dr. Savel is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Critical Care, the research publication of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).   He is on the editorial board of Critical Care Medicine.


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Professional positions:

Director, Surgical Critical Care, Maimonides Medical Center (as of March 1, 2013) 

 His current focus is to help spearhead the development of a Unified Adult Critical Care Service at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. 



Selected Publications



50.  Savel RH, Munro CL.

Awakening (mis)conceptions about brain death

Am J Crit Care 2012; 21 (6): 377-379.




59.  Munro CL, Savel RH.

What You Call It DOES Matter: New Definitions of ARDS and VAP.

Am J Crit Care 2012; 21 (5): 305-307.




48.  Keene AB, Shiloh AL, Dudaie R, Eisen LA, Savel RH.

Online testing from Google Docs to enhance teaching of core topics in critical care: a pilot study.

Med Teach 2012; 34(12):1075-7.



47.  Munro CL, Savel RH.

Nursing unleashed.

Am J Crit Care 2012; 21(4): 222-224.




46.  Savel RH, Munro CL.

On being a critical care nurse: an informal survey.

Am J Crit Care 2012; 21(3): 146-148.




45.  Stefanidis K, Fragou M, Pentilas N, Kouraklis G, Nanas S, Savel RH,

Shiloh A, Slama M, Karakitsos D.

Optimization of cannula visibility during ultrasound-guided subclavian catheterization, via longitudinal approach, by implementing echogenic technology.

Critical Care Research and Practice  2012;2012:617149.




44.  Stefanidis K, Pentilas N, Dimopoulos S, Nanas S, Savel RH, Shiloh A, Poularas J, Slama M, Karakitsos D.

Echogenic technology improves cannula visibility during ultrasound-guided internal jugular vein catheterization via a transverse approach.

Critical Care Research and Practice  2012;2012:306182.





43.  Savel RH, Munro CL.

Evidence-based backlash: the tale of drotrecogin alfa.

Am J Crit Care 2012; 21(2): 81-83.



42.  Savel RH, Shiloh AL, Eisen LA.

Educational impact of continuous chest compression CPR: the confidence to "pay it forward."

Crit Care Med 2012; 40(3): 992-993.


41.  Munro CL, Savel RH.

Advancing critical care through interdisciplinary research.

Am J Crit Care 2012; 21(1): 5-7.



40.  Savel RH, Munro CL.

The essence of nursing.

Am J. Crit Care 2011; 20(6): 418-420.


39.  Munro CL, Savel RH.

September 2011: a time to remember and prepare.

Am J. Crit Care 2011; 20(5): 356-358.


38.  Savel RH, Munro CL.

Scalpel, stethoscope, iPad: the future is now in the ICU.

Am J. Crit Care 2011; 20(4): 275-77.


37.  Savel RH, Shiloh AL.

Risk factors for tracheostomy and effect of tracheostomy timing on outcome in the elderly critically ill surgical patient.

ICU Director 2011; 2(4): 114-121.


36.  Rosenberg JB, Shiloh AL, Savel RH, Eisen LA.

Non-invasive methods of estimating intracranial pressure.

Neurocritical Care 2011; 15(3): 599-608.


35.  Munro CL, Savel RH.

Critical Care and the future of nursing.

Am J. Crit Care 2011; 20(3): 188-190. 


34.  Savel RH, Munro CL.

Clarifying complex relationships to improve outcomes after cardiac surgery.

Am J Crit Care 2011; 20(2): 94-97.


33.   Lizano D, Mehta G, Keith D, Shiloh AL, Savel RH.

Physician assistants in the ICU: how best to integrate them into the multidisciplinary team.

ICU Director 2011; 2 (1): 20-24.


32.  Munro CL, Savel RH.

Adventures in Neverland: Challenges and alternatives.

Am J Crit Care 2011; 20 (1): 6-8.


31.  Shiloh AL, Eisen LA, Savel RH.

Goal-directed ultrasonography in the ICU: no more excuses!

Critical Care Medicine 2011; 39(4): 879-880.


30. Savel RH.

The multidisciplinary nature of critical care:  living the dream.

Am J Crit Care 2010; 19 (6): 480-482.


29. Shiloh AL, Savel RH, Paulin LM, Eisen LA.

Ultrasound-guided catheterization of the radial artery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Chest 2011; 139(3): 524-529.


28.  Savel RH, Lavotshkin S, Shiloh AL, Carlese AJ, Gropper MA.

Being a successful medically-trained surgical intensivist:  valuable lessons gained from experience.

ICU Director 2010; 1 (4): 214-219.


27.  Shiloh AL, Eisen LA, Savel RH.

Selective decontamination of the digestive tract: what outcomes matter?

Critical Care Medicine 2010; 38 (5): 1386-7.


26.  Eisen LA, Savel RH.

What went right: Lessons for the intensivist from the crew of US airways flight 1549.

Chest 2009; 136 (3): 910-917.


25.  Savel RH, Eisen LA.

Tracheostomy in the Surgical ICU:  Perception and Reality.

Critical Care Medicine 2009; 37 (12): 3177-8.


24.  Goldstein EB, Savel RH, Chorost MI, Borgen PI, Cunningham JN.

Use of text messaging to enhance compliance with the accreditation council for Graduate Medical Education resident duty hour requirements.

Journal of Surgical Education 2009; 66 (6): 379-382.


23.  Lavotshkin S, Savel RH, Theilen TM, Shlasko E, Chorost MI.

Antimesenteric tapering enteroplasty in an adult patient with clinical evidence of obstruction: a bowel-preserving alternative to resection.

European Surgical Research 2009; 43 (2): 208-210.


22.  Savel RH, Goldstein EB, Gropper MA.

Critical care checklists, the Keystone Project, and the Office for Human Research Protections:  A case for streamlining the approval process in quality-improvement research.

Critical Care Medicine 2009; 37(2): 725-28.


21.  Sherwinter DA, Ghaznavi AM, Spinner D, Savel RH, Macura JM, Adler H.

Continuous infusion of intraperitoneal bupivacaine after laparoscopic surgery: a randomized controlled trial.

Obesity Surgery 2008; 18(12):1581-6.


20.  Savel RH, Goldstein EB.

The Washington manual of critical care.

Critical Care Medicine 2008; 36(2): 665.


19.  Savel RH, Goldstein EB, Savel I, Savel H.

Time does not heal all wounds: medical luminaries, National Socialism, and the American College of Chest Physicians. 

Chest 2007; 132(6): 2064-5.


18.  Savel RH, Goldstein EB, Lehman H, Kupfer Y.   

Methylprednisolone infusion in early severe ARDS.

Chest 2007; 132(3): 1096.


17.  Savel RH, Goldstein EB, Perencevich EN, Angood PB.

The iCritical Care Podcast:

a novel medium for critical care communication and education.

J. Am Med Inform Assoc 2007; 14(1): 94-99.


16.  Yopp AC, Eckstein JG, Savel RH, Abrol S.

Tracheal stenting of iatrogenic tracheal injury:  a novel management approach.

Ann Thorac Surg 2007; 83(5): 1897-9.


15.  Goldstein EB, Savel RH, Ruggerio M, Shlasko E.

Pulmonary sequestration: an aberrant systemic blood supply demonstrated

via CT angiography with 3-dimensional reconstruction.

Ann Thorac Surg 2007; 84(4): 1402.


14.  Goldstein EB, Savel RH, Sen F, Shamamian P.

Calcifying fibrous pseudotumor of the neck: diagnostic challenges of a rare benign lesion.

American Surgeon 2005; 71(12): 1051-4.


13.  Goldstein EB, Savel RH, Pachter HL, Cohen J, Shamamian P.

Successful treatment of Bouveret’s syndrome utilizing Holmium: YAG laser lithotripsy.

American Surgeon 2005; 71(10): 882-5.


12.  Fazylov R, Savel RH, Horovitz J, Pagala M, Coppa G, Nicastro J, Lazzaro R, Macura J.

Association of super-superobesity and male gender with elevated mortality in patients undergoing duodenal switch procedure.

Obesity Surgery 2005; 15(5): 618-623.


11.  Sabayev V, Savel RH, Schiteanu A, Ansis D, Veloudious A.

Invasive aspergillosis-associated pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm:

a rare cause of hemoptysis in an HIV infected patient.

Clinical Pulmonary Medicine 2005, 12(5): 297-300.


10.  Savel RH, Bala S, Lasheen S, Gaprindashvili T, Arabov E, Lazzaro RS,

Fazylov R, Macura JM.

Beneficial effects of humidified, warmed carbon dioxide insufflation during laparoscopic bariatric surgery: a randomized clinical trial.

Obesity Surgery 2005; 15(1): 64-69.


9.  Goldstein EB, Savel RH, Walter KL, Rankin LF, Satheesan R, Lehman HE,

Steiner H.

Extensive stage small cell lung cancer presenting as an acute perforated appendix:  case report and review of the literature.

American Surgeon 2004; 70(8): 706-709.


8.  Savel RH.

Nutritional considerations in the intensive care unit: science, rationale and practice.

Obesity Surgery 2004; 14(5): 710-711.


7.  Savel RH, Pulipati RC, Mangone C, Lazzaro RS, Macura JM, Lehman HE.

Use of drotrecogin alfa (activated) in bariatric surgery patients with severe sepsis syndrome:  experience in an urban community teaching hospital.

Obesity Surgery 2004; 14(1): 107-115.


6.  Pulipati RC, Lazzaro RS, Macura JM, Savel RH.

Successful thrombolysis of submassive pulmonary embolism after bariatric surgery: expanding the indications and addressing the controversies.

Obesity Surgery 2003; 13(5): 792-96.


5.  Swanson B, Savel R, Szoka F, Sawa T, Wiener-Kronish J.

Development of a high throughput Pseudomonas aeruginosa epithelial cell adhesion assay.

J Microbiol Methods 2003; 52(3): 361-366.


4.  Saint S, Savel RH, Matthay M.

Enhancing the safety of critically ill patients by reducing urinary and central venous catheter-related infections.

Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2002; 165(11): 1475-1479.


3.  Roy-Burman A, Savel RH, Racine S, Swanson BL, Revadigar NS, Fujimoto J, Sawa T, Frank DW, Wiener-Kronish JP.

Type III protein secretion is associated with death in lower respiratory and systemic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections.

J Infect Dis 2001; 183 (12): 1767-1774.


2.  Savel RH, Wiener-Kronish JP.

Analgesia and sedation: what are the best choices for intensive care patients?

J Crit Illness 2001; 16(10): 437-444.


1.  Savel RH, Yao EC, Gropper MA.

Protective effects of low tidal volume ventilation in a rabbit model of Pseudomonas aeruginosa-induced acute lung injury.

Critical Care Medicine 2001; 29(2): 392-398.


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