Critical Care Anesthesiology

The Department of Anesthesiology includes fifteen board-certified Intensivists staffing the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU), Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU), and Burn Intensive Care Unit (BICU) at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the Telemedicine ICU (TeleICU) for the University of Colorado Health System.

Department of Anesthesiology faculty currently serve in leadership roles as the Co-Medical Directors for both the STICU and CTICU at UCH and are active in medical education, basic and clinical research.

The STICU is a 24-bed unit and serves as home for the UCH Level 1 Trauma Center and the region’s largest Liver Transplantation Program. The STICU also admits patients from surgical oncology, ENT, plastics, spine surgery, gynecologic oncology, and vascular surgery services. 

The CTICU is a 17-bed unit primarily admitting patients from the Cardiothoracic surgery service, including complex aortic surgery, valve replacement, mechanical circulatory devices, and heart and lung transplantation. The CTICU is the home for all patients managed with veno-venous and veno-arterial extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

The BurnICU is an 18-bed unit admitting patients from the only American Burn Association (ABA) certified program in the state of Colorado. In additional to managing patients with large complex burns, it is also a referral center for the management of severe skin disorders (SJS/TENS) and necrotizing soft tissue infections.