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About the Division of Critical Care Neurology

The Division of Critical Care Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) includes a multidisciplinary team of specialists who care for serious brain and nervous system conditions in our 20-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Comprised of neurologists and neurosurgeons known as neurointensivists, our neurologists are board certified in neurocritical care. They collaborate with highly trained neuroscience nurses to provide 24/7, individualized treatment for patients during the most critical stages of neurological illness. We treat patients with the full range of neurological concerns, including stroke, head and spinal cord injuries, brain infections, seizures, tumors and more.

Led by co-directors Galen V. Henderson, MD and William B. Gormley, MD, the Neuroscience ICU is one of the largest in New England with wide ranging, state-of-the-art technology —from continuous EEG monitoring to therapeutic hypothermia. Physicians in the Division of Critical Care Neurology are also active researchers who train the next generation of neurointensivists through a joint critical care fellowship program between BWH and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Why Brigham and Women’s Hospital for Critical Care Neurology?

  • Multidisciplinary, integrated approach that incorporates specialists from neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, critical care nursing, social work, rehabilitation and pharmacology.
  • Neurologists who are board-certified in critical care and have years of clinical experience.
  • One of the largest Neuroscience Intensive Care Units in the country with 20 hospital beds, round-the-clock surveillance and full-time neurological and critical care specialists.
  • State-of-the-art brain monitoring including 24-hour CT scanner, continuous electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring and brain tissue monitoring.
  • Advanced techniques such as brain cooling (therapeutic hypothermia) to reduce brain swelling, prevent tissue damage and improve recovery.
  • Home to renowned two-year neurocritical care fellowship training program run by the Departments of Neurology of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Staff who are scientific researchers embarking on neurological discoveries that benefit patients.
  • Family-centered approach, allowing families to participate in decision-making about strategies to improve critical care.


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