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Welcome to the UCSD Neurocritical Care Program!

The UCSD Neurocritical Care Program is a collaborative effort of UCSD Neurosciences, Neurosurgery, and Anesthesiology.  Our dedicated, award-winning team of neurocritical care board-certified attendings, fellows, residents, nurse practitioners, and nurses provide subspecialized care 24/7 to patients with life-threatening brain and spinal cord injuries in our neuroICU's at UCSD’s hospitals in La Jolla and Hillcrest.

About Us

The Neurocritical Care Program at UC San Diego was founded in 2011, establishing UCSD as the only health system in the region to have dedicated, subspecialized neuroICU teams run by board-certified neurointenstivists caring 24/7 for our patients with critical brain and spinal cord injuries.

At Jacbos Medical Center and Hillcrest Medical Center, our multidisciplinary neuroICU teams collaborate closely with our stroke and neurosurgery teams to care for patients with life threatening neurological and neurosurgical injuries such as stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, seizures, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, and neuromuscular illnesses.  We also care for patients after complex neurosurgical procedures.  We offer treatments such as minimally invasive surgical evacuation of intracerebral hemorrhages, brain oxygenation monitoring, and continuous EEG monitoring, among many others.

After the Neurocritical Care Program opened in 2011, the NCC program helped UCSD achieve Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center certification, one of the first 5 hospitals in the country to do so.  Since then, our team has expanded to include 6 board-certified neurointensivists, 7 neurocritical care nurse practitioners, 3 neurocritical care fellows, and residents from multiple disciplines;  together we provide 24/7 dedicated in-house neurocritical care coverage at both UCSD’s La Jolla and Hillcrest hospitals.  We have achieved Comprehensive Stroke Center certification at both hospitals, and offer a UCNS-accredited neurocritical care fellowship accepting 1-2 fellows per year.  And in 2016, we opened our new NeuroICU at Jacobs Medical Center, which allows us to care for our patients in a beautiful new environment.

Our team participates in national and regional research trials and is part of the NIH-funded Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN).  Our research interests include cerebral blood flow, delirium, the effect of sleep on neurological injuries, neurocritical care quality measures and quality improvement, neurocritical care monitoring techniques, post-cardiac arrest syndrome, and post intensive care syndrome (PICS), among others.

To learn more about UCSD’s neurocritical care program, contact medical director Dr. Navaz Karanjia at

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