Department and Faculty

The Division of Neurocritical Care at Mayo Clinic represents a highly integrated, collaborative group of staff from the departments of Critical CareNeurology and Neurosurgery. They specialize in patient care, education and research of people with neurological disorders and diseases affecting the nervous system.

The reputation of Mayo Clinic leads to a high-volume practice with a high proportion of patients with complex and challenging medical problems. The experience of the faculty, coupled with the high-quality, integrated and efficient practices of all clinical and laboratory specialties, makes Mayo Clinic one of the finest clinical practices of medicine in the world.

Mayo Clinic has a sophisticated, well-developed electronic medical record system. The system, which covers both inpatient and outpatient medical interactions, is integrated throughout all Mayo campuses and facilities. It allows for rapid retrieval of all clinical, laboratory and imaging studies. A robust department intranet site provides ready access to extensive online resources for neurological education.

Faculty

Mayo Clinic's faculty members have special training and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of acute and emergent neurological disorders. Fellows work closely with faculty, as well as with colleagues who specialize in critical care, neurosurgery, neurology, anesthesia, nursing and neuroradiology, to deliver comprehensive care.

Each consultant or faculty member has considerable experience in evaluating and treating patients with complex critical neurological disorders, and each has individual clinical and research interests and expertise.

Faculty members have also published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and contributed to many well-known textbooks.

Advisers and mentors

At the beginning of the program, fellows are assigned a faculty adviser or mentor who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. The adviser or mentor also introduces the fellow and their family to Mayo Clinic and the communities in which the fellow will train.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year and present their work during lectures.

Fellows are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities to interact with experts from other academic centers and are relieved from clinical assignments to do so.

Technology

The Neuro ICU has state-of-the-art ultrasound machines for critical care echocardiography, lung ultrasonography, optic nerve sheath ultrasound and transcranial Doppler.

The Neuro ICU practice has used 24/7 Telepresence robotic technology to strengthen ICU practice since 2010. The unit uses critical care ultrasound from cardiac, lung, central line placement, transcranial Doppler and optic nerve sheath ultrasound.

The Neuro ICU also has:

  • Near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Continuous transcranial doppler/headframe
  • Multimodal monitoring with Cambridge ICM+ software
  • Continuous electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring in a 55-bed capacity (includes all Neuro ICU beds along with medical and surgical ICU beds)
  • Quantitative EEG monitoring for vasospasm and automated seizure detection
  • Burst suppression ratio monitoring