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Neurosciences Critical Care

The Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NCCU) at The Johns Hopkins Hospital is a multidisciplinary, tertiary, referral-based intensive care unit designed to treat patients with serious and life-threatening diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. Our extensive team of specialists work together to treat the most challenging and difficult diseases of the neurologic system and to provide the highest quality and most comprehensive care possible to patients with a variety of neurological conditions and diseases including:

  • tumors of the brain and spinal cord
  • large strokes
  • brain hemorrhage
  • traumatic brain injury
  • many other neurologic diseases which necessitate urgent and intensive care medicine

The NCCU is a multidisciplinary unit, staffed by neurologists, anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons, nurse practitioners, and critical care nurses who are specially trained in neurological disorders treated in the NCCU. Our treatment team also includes social workers, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, and clinical pharmacologists. This multidisciplinary expertise allows us to be successful in the treatment of even the most challenging and difficult diseases of the neurologic system.

A 24-bed closed-unit design, the NCCU provides complete ICU management and care to more than 1,700 admissions per year with patients admitted from neurosurgery, neurology, interventional neuroradiology, orthopedic/spine, and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat).

As a primary teaching institution, the education of future physicians is at the heart of our mission. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Neuro Critical Care Unit program is a national leader in neurocritical care medicine, training the most number of physicians dedicated to the field of neurocritical care compared to other academic medical programs. Our fellowship graduates are now leading major academic and clinical programs.

While research and teaching are integral to the NCCU at Johns Hopkins, our paramount mission is focused on delivering excellent and unparalleled neurological ICU care.


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