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Dale M Needham, M.D., Ph.D.

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Medical Director, Critical Care Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program

Professor of Medicine


Expertise: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Appointment Phone: 410-955-3467

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
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Dr. Dale Needham is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also holds an appointment in physical medicine and rehabilitation. His areas of clinical expertise include pulmonary and critical care medicine. 

Dr. Needham serves as the medical director of the Critical Care Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program and the director of the Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery (OACIS) Group at Johns Hopkins.

He earned his M.D. from the McMaster University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and performed a fellowship in critical care medicine at the University of Toronto. more


  • Medical Director, Critical Care Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program
  • Director, OACIS Group
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



  • MD, McMaster University School of Medicine (1998)


  • University of Toronto / Internal Medicine (2001)


  • University of Toronto / Critical Care Medicine (2003)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Critical Care Medicine (2012)
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada / Critical Care Medicine (2003)
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada / Internal Medicine (2003)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Truong AD, Kho ME, Brower RG, Feldman DR, Colantuoni E, Needham DM. "Effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on cytokines in peripheral blood for healthy participants: a prospective, single-blinded study." Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2015 Oct 16. doi: 10.1111/cpf.12290. [Epub ahead of print]

Gellar JE, Colantuoni E, Needham DM, Crainiceanu CM. "Cox regression models with functional covariates for survival data." Stat Modelling. 2015 Jun 1;15(3):256-278. Epub 2015 Jan 9.

Kho ME, Martin RA, Toonstra AL, Zanni JM, Mantheiy EC, Nelliot A, Needham DM. "Feasibility and safety of in-bed cycling for physical rehabilitation in the intensive care unit." J Crit Care. 2015 Dec;30(6):1419.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2015.07.025. Epub 2015 Jul 29.

Parada AE, Needham DM, Fuhrman JA. "Every base matters: assessing small subunit rRNA primers for marine microbiomes with mock communities, time series and global field samples." Environ Microbiol. 2015 Aug 14. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13023. [Epub ahead of print]

Turnbull AE, O'Connor CL, Lau B, Halpern SD, Needham DM. "Allowing physicians to choose the value of compensation for participation in a web-based survey: randomized controlled trial." J Med Internet Res. 2015 Jul 29;17(7):e189. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3898.

Sricharoenchai T, Parker AM, Zanni JM, Nelliot A, Dinglas VD, Needham DM. Safety of physical therapy interventions in critically ill patients: A single-center prospective evaluation of 1110 intensive care unit admissions. J Crit Care. 2013 Dec 30. pii: S0883-9441(13)00480-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2013.12.012. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24508202

Parker A, Sricharoenchai T, Needham DM. Early Rehabilitation in the Intensive Care Unit: Preventing Physical and Mental Health Impairments. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Reports. 2013 Dec;1(4):307-314. PMID: 24436844

Nydahl P, Ruhl AP, Bartoszek G, Dubb R, Filipovic S, Flohr HJ, Kaltwasser A, Mende H, Rothaug O, Schuchhardt D, Schwabbauer N, Needham DM. Early Mobilization of Mechanically Ventilated Patients: A 1-Day Point-Prevalence Study in Germany. Crit Care Med. 2013 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24351373

Bienvenu OJ, Needham DM, Hopkins RO. Response. Chest. 2013 Dec;144(6):1974-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.13-1940. No abstract available. PMID: 24297139

Smart A, Thompson BT, Needham DM, Hopkins RO, Williams A, Burnham EL, Moss M; NHLBI ARDS Network Investigators. Surrogate consent for genetic testing, the reconsent process, and consent for long-term outcomes in acute respiratory distress syndrome trials. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Dec 1;188(11):1370-3. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201307-1235LE. No abstract available. PMID: 24289781

Kamdar BB, Yang J, King LM, Neufeld KJ, Bienvenu OJ, Rowden AM, Brower RG, Collop NA, Needham DM. Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Multifaceted Quality Improvement Intervention to Promote Sleep in an ICU. Am J Med Qual. 2013 Nov 22. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24270169

Fan E, Dowdy DW, Colantuoni E, Mendez-Tellez PA, Sevransky JE, Shanholtz C, Himmelfarb CR, Desai SV, Ciesla N, Herridge MS, Pronovost PJ, Needham DM. Physical Complications in Acute Lung Injury Survivors: A 2-Year Longitudinal Prospective Study. Crit Care Med. 2013 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24247473

Parker AM, Lord RK, Needham DM. Increasing the dose of acute rehabilitation: is there a benefit? BMC Med. 2013 Sep 10;11:199. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-199. PMID: 24228867

Parker A, Tehranchi KM, Needham DM. Critical care rehabilitation trials: the importance of 'usual care' Crit Care. 2013 Sep 5;17(5):R183. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24103735

Netzer G, Dowdy DW, Harrington T, Chandolu S, Dinglas VD, Shah NG, Colantuoni E, Mendez-Tellez PA, Shanholtz C, Hasday JD, Needham DM. Fever is associated with delayed ventilator liberation in acute lung injury. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2013 Dec;10(6):608-15. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201303-052OC. PMID: 24024608

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