Our mission in the Division of Surgical Critical Care is to provide state of the art critical care to our patients, support and empathy to their families and loved ones, as well as excellent service to the physicians that utilize our Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). The care we deliver is based on the best evidence available, it is cost-effective and tailored to each patient’s unique needs, culturally sensitive, and it is provided within an atmosphere of respect. In addition, we strive to provide an environment conducive to learning for our trainees and medical students. Research in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery is an important part of our mission. Finally, we actively participate in community outreach programs to curb gun violence in the City of Chicago.

The Division of Surgical Critical Care is the latest addition to the Department of Surgery. It consists of Surgical Intensivists who are Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and have attained additional qualifications in Surgical Critical Care. Furthermore, most of our physicians hold certification by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties as Neurocritical Care Providers.

The physicians within the Division work in close collaboration with the Department of Anesthesia to staff the SICU, a closed unit model facility located on the seventh floor of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences Center. We are responsible for the management of patients admitted after complex surgical, robotic & minimally invasive, oncological, vascular or reconstructive procedures performed by our colleagues in the Department of Surgery. Additionally, we provide Critical Care consultation services for other surgical specialties within the hospital system.

Our surgeons in the Division of Surgical Critical Care maintain the busiest Trauma Surgery practice in the State of Illinois, based at Advocate Christ Medical Center. University of Illinois at Chicago General Surgery Residents receive training in all aspects of trauma and critical care at both institutions.

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Ellen Omi, MD, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Surgical Critical Care