Critical Care Program

The Duke Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is a 24 bed facility that is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  The patients are severely ill, and require intensive, round-the-clock care from a highly trained group of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals

Our Mission

The mission of the Pulmonary, allergy and Critical Care Medicine Critical Care Program is to secure the highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.


  • Regional referral center
  • Provides collaborative multidisciplinary care with physicians, physician extenders, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, physical and occupational therapists
  • High volume VV-ECMO center 
  • Provides critical care as a bridge to transplantation 

Our Providers

  • Specialize in management of medically complex patients 
  • Deliver high quality quaternary care for critically ill patients with conditions such as respiratory failure, shock, sepsis, hepatic failure, neurologic compromise and others
  • Have experience with early mobility and physical therapy for the sickest of our patients
  • Are committed to quality improvement with attention to evidence-based therapies and practices

Our Trainees

The division also offers a 1-year Critical Care Medicine fellowship program for trainees eligible for certification via The American Board of Internal Medicine "Pathway A". The ACGME accredited Duke IM-CCM program is built upon the division's tradition of excellence in training future leaders in academic medicine. Trainees enjoy a rigorous clinical training experience in a collaborative and collegial environment while working with renowned experts in the management of respiratory failure and complex cardiovascular disease. The program offers advanced training in state-of-the-art and emerging strategies for management of respiratory and circulatory failure. Trainees gain extensive experience in managing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation at one of the nation's highest volume extracorporeal life support centers.

Learn more about the Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship


  • Clinical research projects including trial enrollment offered to patients and family members (fields of study include: therapies for ARDS, diagnostic studies, patient/family communication strategies, post-ICU depression / anxiety / PTSD, health disparities and others
  • ICU biorepository  

Learn more about the Current and historically relevant MICU studies 


Duke ProSPER is a patient- and family-centered research team headquartered at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  Duke ProSPER includes intensive care unit and palliative care doctors, psychologists, research coordinators, biostatisticians, behavioral economists, app developers, videographers, animators, musicians, graphic designers, and others.  We partner with other researchers, colleagues, and friends across the world to do our work.  All of our ideas, mobile apps, and resources include the help and feedback of actual patients, family members, and clinicians.

What is our purpose?  Many people–probably most people–experience some really tough situations at some point.  Duke ProSPER conducts research that designs and tests tools and resources that can help people in these very situations.  Our work focuses on: helping people to manage symptoms like pain, breathlessness, depression, anxiety, and PTSD; connecting clinicians, patients, and family members during a serious medical situation; and improving the process of making difficult medical decisions.  Our purpose is also reflected in our name: we are the Program that Supports People and Enhances Recovery (i.e., ProSPER).

Contact Us

Contact us:  It would be great to hear from you.  Email us at:

Follow us on Twitter:  The ProSPER team is @dukeprosperteam and Chris is @christopherecox.  Chris’ account sometimes includes tweets about music (he often confuses these accounts).

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