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An intensivist is a physician who specializes in the care of critically ill patients, most often in the intensive care unit (ICU).[1] Intensivists can be internists or internal medicine sub-specialists (most often pulmonologists), anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, pediatricians (including neonatologists), or surgeons who have completed a fellowship in critical care medicine. The intensivist must be competent not only in a broad spectrum of conditions common among critically ill patients but also with the technical procedures and devices (i.e. mechanical ventilators) used in the intensive care setting.[2]

Intensivists are often the leaders of multi-disciplinary teams of care providers to help coordinate, collaborate and facilitate providing evidenced-based outcomes. The team members consist of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and other disease specific experts.[3]


  1. ^ "Merriam Webster: Medical Dictionary".|
  2. ^ "Subspecialty Careers: Critical Care Medicine".
  3. ^ "Critical Care | Sound Physicians". Sound Physicians. Retrieved 2018-03-28.