Neuroscience Section

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A specialty in critical care medicine and neuroscience provides the foundation for the Neuroscience Section. This section educates and promotes the interdisciplinary practice of critical care medicine by members who share an interest in neuroscience injuries and neurological manifestations of critical illness. The section advises the Society on matters pertaining to neuroscience and supports the research and practice of neuroscience and critical care medicine.

The Neuroscience Section provides members with the opportunity to network with critical care colleagues, influence the neuroscience profession, and strengthen leadership skills. In addition, one can contribute to both the section and SCCM at large through the Neuroscience Section.


1) Be a home for intensive care caregivers who have an interest in brain and spine injury

2) Suggest Neuroscience topics to the Society

3) Contribute to the continuing education of general intensivists in topics of neuroscience that all intensivists need to know.

Who are we:  

1) Over 2,200 members

2) Open to all specialties and disciplines

Chair - Rajeev K. Garg, MD, MS, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA 
Chair-Elect - Aarti Sarwal, MD, Wake Forest Baptist Health Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA 
Secretary/Treasurer - 
Asma Zakaria, MD, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia, USA 

Past-Chair - Rhonda S. Cadena, MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mooresville, North Carolina, USA 
Members At-Large 
Angela Hays Shapshak, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Casey Albin, MD, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Aleksandra Yakhkind, MD, MS, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Sahar Fatima Zafar, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Sarah Nelson, BS, MD, MPH, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, New York, USA 


Trainee Liaison 

Joshua Bauer, UPMC Neurocritical Care Fellowship

Council Liaison
Jose Javier Provencio, MD, FCCM, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Board Liaison 

Mary J. Reed, MD, FCCM, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania, USA

Douglas Falconer Naylor, Jr., MD, FACS, MCCM, University Hospitals of Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA


Communications update:  Brooke Barlow, Erik Lawson, Aarti Sarwal

Education subcommittee updates: Sarah Nelson, Rhonda Cadena

Research subcommittee updates: Rajeev Garg, Sarah Nelson 

Mentorship & Collaboration updates:  Kent Owusu, Asma Zakaria, Sahar Zafar

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