Member Spotlight: Shahla Siddiqui, MS, MD, FCCM

By Amy Kuyken posted 30 days ago


Member Spotlight: Shahla Siddiqui, MS, MD, FCCM

Shahla Siddiqui, MS, MD, FCCM, is a physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She has been actively involved with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) since 2001 and is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Leadership, Empowerment, and Development Committee. When outside the ICU, she is interested in gardening, traveling, and horses. Her clinical interests include cardiovascular, ethics, end of life, and sepsis. Dr. Siddiqui shares her love for critical care.

Why do you love being in critical care?

I love every single day (about 25 years!) that I am blessed to spend time in critical care. Every patient, family, and peer interaction is fulfilling in its own way. I am honored to be able to make a difference in so many places.

How did you get into critical care?

I was driven to critical care medicine in medical school, especially when I saw a family member successfully resuscitated in the ICU and realized how important the field was!

What do you see as the most challenging issues facing critical care?

Workforce and burnout issues

What advice do you have for those starting their critical care careers?

Please consider this opportunity as it is the most rewarding of any field of medicine.

What are the top advances in critical care since you started your career?

Point-of-care ultrasound and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

What are your biggest professional achievements?

My master’s degree in medical ethics and a Presidential Citation Award from SCCM

What industry trends excite you about the future?

Hemodynamic monitoring and predictive models using AI

What do you love about SCCM membership?

I love the global multiprofessional aspect and the administrative and multiprofessional collaborations!