Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Michelle Ng Gong Named Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine

Michelle Gong, MD
Michelle Gong, MD, MS
Michelle Ng Gong, MD, MS, Associate Chief of Academic Affairs, Director of Critical Care Research in the Division of Critical Care Medicine, and Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) and Epidemiology & Population Health, has been named Chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Gong was selected after a nationwide search from a group of candidates who are prominent leaders in the field of Critical Care Medicine. She assumed the role of Interim Division Chief in October 2018, after the passing of Dr. Vladimir Kvetan, who had brilliantly led the division of Critical Care Medicine since 1983.

During her relatively short tenure as interim chief, Dr. Gong has increased critical care supervision and night-time staffing at Weiler while increasing revenue and cutting expenses compared to last year.  She worked with rehabilitation and nursing to develop an early mobilization program for the cardiac and surgical intensive care units and appointed Dr. Sumit Kapoor, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine), to be the Director of Critical Care Quality to work with IT and the hospital to facilitate QI initiatives.  Within the Critical Care division, Dr. Gong has recruited four new faculty, focusing on increasing diversity of the CCM faculty and in collaboration with Rishi Maholtra, MD, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) and The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, opened the Neuroscience Progressive Care Unit to support the Comprehensive Stroke Center.

A model clinician-researcher, Dr. Gong has focused on making research relevant and immediately impactful to current clinical practice with projects that successfully reduced adverse events and improved outcomes at Montefiore. During her tenure as the Director of Critical Care Research, Dr. Gong built a clinical research operation with a national and international reputation that generated over $21 million in funding for the division and published studies in JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine.  Under her leadership, Montefiore Einstein was selected as a clinical center for the NHLBI Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) Clinical Trials Network, which was the first representation of a medical center from New York and the tri-state area. Her novel approach to critical care research, focusing on the early identification and prevention of organ failure wherever the patient may be in the hospital, helped lay the groundwork and approach adopted by the network.

Dr. Gong’s clinical work has continued to improve outcomes for patients within Montefiore. Her accomplishments include process-improvement projects such as the implementation of sedation and delirium protocols and early mobilization in the medical intensive care unit, which have reduced the duration of mechanical ventilation, length of stay, hospital costs and ICU complications. Collaborating with the research informatics and healthcare industries, Dr. Gong has fostered the application of informatic approaches to drive improvements in healthcare delivery and research. For example, she helped incorporate artificial intelligence to help identify patients at increased risk of poor outcomes at Montefiore. The innovation and promise of such approaches to improve healthcare delivery to critically ill patients at Montefiore have been recognized and supported by nearly $5 million in NIH and AHRQ awards.

"Dr. Gong is an innovative and well-recognized leader, both nationally and internationally, in the field of Critical Care Medicine," said Yaron Tomer, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Professor in the departments of Medicine and of Microbiology & Immunology "I am confident that she will continue to provide outstanding leadership to the dedicated, highly skilled team of intensivists and critical care physician assistants that provide expert care to the most acutely ill patients in the hospital."

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