Critical Care Medicine
A critical care doctor, also called intesivist, is a medical doctor who has trained and is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine to care for patients who suffer from serious medical conditions. Critical care doctors may also specialize in areas such as internal medicine, cardiology , pulmonology, and neurology (brain and nerve disease). Critical care physicians will often work hand in hand with surgical specialists as well. For instance, a cardiologist (heart doctor) will collaborate and take care of cardiothoracic surgery (chest surgery) patients before, during, and after a surgical procedure.
Critical care doctors usually work in a hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and are involved in the diagnosis and management of life threatening conditions that may require invasive monitoring and the use of mechanical and pharmacological life-sustaining therapies.
Critical care physicians may also practice in a medical office where they provide care and management of serious illnesses that involved the heart, lungs, and respiratory tract.