Dr. Michael Khilkin is the Medical Director of the Einstein Cardiothoracic and Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Khilkin has been on faculty since 2008, starting after his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at NYU/Bellevue. His team recovers a broad scope of surgical patients, from minimally invasive coronary to complex valvular and aortic, to ECMO, to oncologic. He also provides the CCU with expertise in managing cardiogenic shock, multiorgan failure or hypothermia. His focus is on fast-track post-operative care, early mobilization and rapid recovery.
The Einstein CSICU is a teaching unit. Anesthesia residents and Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows are members of the team. Dr. Khilkin emphasizes a number of topics that the residents are expected to understand and apply:
- An efficient approach to workflow in a critical care unit called one piece flow rounds.
- Patient-ventilator interactions in the era of minimal sedation.
- The physiology and molecular mechanisms behind cardiac and respiratory failure and recovery.
In addition to his role in the education of residents and fellows Dr. Khilkin has a number of ongoing and planned research projects in the areas of lung injury after cardiopulmonary bypass, CO2 dialysis, fast-track operative recovery and the ventilator associated biome.
Dr. Khilkin is also the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy at Einstein and a member of the IRB.
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