Sep. 28, 2010
Medical Director of Cardiothoracic ICU Named at Emory University Hospital Midtown
Joel B. Zivot, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, assistant professor of anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine, has been named the medical director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Zivot, an anesthesiologist and intensivist with expertise in cardiothoracic critical care, will care for some of the hospital’s most critical patients following cardiac and thoracic surgery. He will divide his time between the operating room, serving as an anesthesiologist for cardiothoracic patients undergoing surgery, and the ICU, directly caring for patients recovering from surgery.
Zivot is boarded in both anesthesiology and critical care medicine, one of a handful of physicians in the U.S. with this rare combination of specialty training.
“I’m excited to bring the expertise that I’ve developed over the years to Emory,” says Zivot. “Emory’s model of critical care is ahead of the curve both regionally and nationally. Our goal is to continue the mission of creating an intensive care unit of excellence, being at the forefront of care for cardiac and thoracic patients.”
Zivot comes to Emory from the University of Manitoba in Western Canada, where he served as medical director of the Intensive Care Cardiac Sciences Program. Prior to that he was the medical director of the Cardiothoracic ICU at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. He also worked at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan -- where he trained future doctors in critical care medicine as the director of fellowship programs at both institutions.
“Joel Zivot brings a wealth of expertise, experience and vision to cardiothoracic critical care,” says Timothy G. Buchman, MD, PhD, director, Emory Center for Critical Care. “His practice, which will include both anesthesia of cardiothoracic surgical patients, as well as leadership of the cardiothoracic ICU, fosters the continuity of care that patients and families need and want to achieve the best possible outcomes. It is a pleasure to welcome Joel to Atlanta and to Emory University Hospital Midtown.”
Today’s critical care model is evolving into one where intensivists manage and oversee the care of patients in the ICUs around the clock. This continuity of care is important in creating standards and uniformity of practice among ICUs within Emory Healthcare.
“I am committed to making a major surgical experience as good as possible for patients and their families, from the operating room to the ICU,” says Zivot. “I spend a lot of time learning about each patient,” says Zivot. “That personalized care and direct contact is proving positive for patient outcomes, quality and level of service.”
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