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

Medical Director, Critical Care Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program
Professor of Medicine


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Main Location

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Out of State Patients

Call 410-464-6641 (8a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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International Patients

Call +1-410-502-7683 (7a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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

Centers & Institutes



The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-3467

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Critical Care Medicine , Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • McMaster University School of Medicine / MD (1998)


    • University of Toronto / Internal Medicine (2001)


    • University of Toronto / Critical Care Medicine (2003)


    • 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 (2002)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. 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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