Critical Care Center


The Critical Care Center (CCC) was established in February 2017.

The CCC is designed as a multidisciplinary program that unites key stakeholders and experts involved in oversight of critical and progressive (intermediate or step-down) care at MSK. Our team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, technicians, residents and fellows, and other support staff (respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, occupational and physical therapists, case managers, patient representatives, chaplains, and social workers). The goals of the CCC include streamlining, standardizing, and improving the quality of critical care services as well as patient flow of acutely ill patients across MSK. Additionally, the CCC facilitates critical care education and training, informatics and data management, and oversees critical care quality assurance, and provides research opportunities.

Critical Care Center Units
Critical Care Advanced Care Specialized Services
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)  Specialized Advanced Care Unit (SACU) - medical step-down, surgical step-down and ventilator dependent units Respiratory Therapy
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Neuro Advanced Care Unit (NACU) Sepsis
  Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) patients requiring advanced postoperative care Rapid Response


Neil A. Halpern, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FACP -- Chief, Critical Care Medicine Service; Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy
Neil A. Halpern

Director, Critical Care Center; Chief, Critical Care Medicine Service; Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy

Melissa Barzola
Melissa Barzola

Director of Advanced Practice Providers; Interim Associate Director, Critical Care Center

Medical Leadership

MSK intensivist David Shaz
David Shaz

Co-Director, Specialized Advanced Care Unit

Robert J. Downey, MD, FACS
Robert J. Downey

Co-Director, Specialized Advanced Care Unit

Memorial Sloan Kettering neurologist Edward Avila
Edward K. Avila

Acting Co-Chair and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurology; Co-Director, Neuro Advanced Care Unit

Ilya Laufer, MD
Ilya Laufer

Neurosurgeon and Director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Tumor Surgery Program; Co-Director, Neuro Advanced Care Unit

Pictured: James Killinger
James S. Killinger

Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit