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Tim Buchman

Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD

– Professor of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Professor of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Emory Critical Care Center, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, Critical Care Service, Emory Healthcare

Telephone:  404.712.2602

E-mail: tbuchma@emory.edu

Certification: General Surgery, Burns, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2009

Dr. Buchman is the founding director of the Emory Critical Care Center, which is integrating ICUs throughout the Emory Healthcare system and bringing together clinicians and investigators from diverse disciplines to conduct research to define best clinical practices and inform public health policy.

Currently, the center offers adult surgical intensive care, medical intensive care, cardiothoracic surgical intensive care, neuroscience critical care, and cardiac care in three of Emory Healthcare's six hospitals: Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Saint Joseph’s Hospital. In 2012, the center opened a new ICU at the midtown hospital that was designed by a multi-disciplinary team of specialists and experts coordinated by Dr. Buchman. The design incorporated feedback from families of former patients and technology that has made care teams more efficient.

The Emory Critical Care Center also has a comprehensive training mission that includes educating fourth-year Emory medical students; interns and residents from internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurology, and neurosurgery; and advanced fellows who are studying to become intensive care physicians.

To address the widespread closure of ICU facilities and families having to travel far from home seeking increasingly scarce ICU beds, Dr. Buchman spearheaded the formation of the North Georgia Critical Care Collaborative (NGCCC), which received a $10.7 million Health Care Innovations Award from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in May 2012. As the NGCCC, the Emory Critical Care Center will partner with Saint Joseph's Health System, Northeast Georgia Health System, Southern Regional Medical Center, and telemedicine provider Philips Healthcare to train nurse practitioners and physician assistants as critical care specialists and integrate telemedicine ICU services into community hospitals to allow remote support, advice, and supervision by experienced critical care doctors and nurses.

Dr. Buchman's research spans the bench-to-bedside continuum, including studies of physiological dynamics, predictive biology, and ICU end-of-life care. He is working towards ICU clinicians being able to predict and plan for the future of each patient. In 2013, Dr. Buchman initiated the evaluation of a new patient monitoring system in the Emory University Hospital ICU that could allow clinicians to acquire, analyze, and correlate medical data at a volume and velocity that has never before been possible. The research application developed by Emory uses IBM's streaming analytics platform InfoSphere Streams with Excel Medical Electronics' bedside monitor data-aggregation application to collect and analyze more than 100,000 real-time data points per patient per second. The software developed by Emory then produces patterns that create an overall picture of the patient's health, and identifies patterns that could indicate serious complications like sepsis, heart failure, or pneumonia, aiming to provide real-time medical insights to clinicians.

Before joining Emory, Dr. Buchman was the Edison Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis where he founded and directed the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery and Barnes-Jewish Hospital's nationally verified level 1 trauma center. Prior to his 15 years in Saint Louis, Dr. Buchman was appointed to the faculty of Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore, where he built the SICU service and founded the Adult Trauma Service. He completed the Halsted Residency in General Surgery at Hopkins and his trauma/critical care training at Baltimore's Shock Trauma center.

Dr. Buchman's publications in Dr. Buchman's publications in PubMed

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