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Neurocritical Care Program

Overview

Focused on treating brain injury & illness

Helping someone cope with a major brain injury or illness requires highly specialized expertise and a compassionate touch. You'll find both at the Tufts Medical Center Neurocritical Care Program in Boston.

We care for seriously ill patients who:

  • Have experienced ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, prolonged seizure, meningitis, encephalitis, neuromuscular disorders or crises, acute spinal cord trauma or disease, or brain trauma
  • Have undergone spine surgery or surgery for a brain tumor
  • Are undergoing elective neurovascular interventions (e.g. for aneurysms or vascular malformations)
  • Need continuous monitoring for assessment and management of elevated intracranial pressure

Our doctors strive for excellence not only in clinical care, but also in research and in teaching and training the next generation of clinicians.

Collaboration for better patient care

Our program is a collaborative effort between the Tufts MC Department of Neurology, Department of NeurosurgeryCardiovascular & Interventional Radiology Program and Stroke Center. Team members include board certified neurointensivists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, nurses, physician assistants, registered dieticians, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, case managers and palliative care professionals — all of whom are trained and experienced in neurocritical care.

What does this mean for your loved one? Working together as a cohesive unit, Tufts MC experts will take a comprehensive approach to addressing his or her complex medical challenges.

The Neely Neuroscience Center

Our patients receive care at the Michael Neely Neuroscience Center, which opened in 2011 and features the latest diagnostic and treatment technology. Unlike general intensive care units, our 15-bed facility is staffed only by medical professionals who specialize in treating critical neurological and neurosurgical patients.

At the Neely Neuroscience Center, we strive to maintain an ideal healing environment for both patients and their families. The rooms have ample space so that families can spend time together comfortably. Furthermore, family members may visit loved ones as often as they like, as long as it does not interfere with patient care.

We recognize the toll that a severe brain illness or injury can have on patients and families. So our team will be with you every step of the way, until your loved one is ready to continue his or her recovery at home, in a nursing home or in an acute rehabilitation facility.

Doctors + Care Team

David E. Thaler, MD, PhD, FAHA

David E. Thaler, MD, PhD, FAHA

Title(s): Neurologist-in-Chief, Tufts Medical Center; Chairman, Department of Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Stroke

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Xuemei  Cai, MD

Xuemei Cai, MD

Title(s): Neurologist
Department(s): Neurology, Neurocritical Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neurocritical care

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Deborah Green-LaRoche, MD

Deborah Green-LaRoche, MD

Title(s): Director of Clinical Research, Department of Neurology; Neurointensivist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neurocritical care, vascular neurology

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Joshua Kornbluth, MD

Joshua Kornbluth, MD

Title(s): Medical Director, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit; Neurologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neurocritical care

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Referring Physician Resources

The Neurocritical Care Program serves as a major referral center for patients with acute brain or spinal injuries that require intensive care management. Many patients have the opportunity to be enrolled in clinical trials exploring promising new treatment approaches. Please call 617-636-5858 for more information about our program.

David Thaler, MD on tuftsmedcalcenter.tv video.

Stroke 101: Learn more, worry less

David Thaler, MD discusses strokes, their causes, symptoms and what to do if you think you’re having one.

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