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Welcome to the Division of Critical Care

The mission of the Division of Critical Care is to provide exceptional and compassionate care to all members of our community. The Division of Critical Care is staffed by outstanding physicians from across the country.

Our board-certified physicians have backgrounds in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, and Pain Management as well as Neurologic Critical Care. The Division's physicians care for patients in the Neuro-Critical Care Intensive Care Unit, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, as well as the Surgery Intensive Care Unit. VCU is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is a major tertiary referral center in Central Virginia.


Michael Scott, MB, ChB Michael Scott, MB, ChB
Professor and Division Director, Critical Care Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: MB ChB (University of Birmingham Medical School
FRCA Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK
MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
FFICM Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK; FRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

Alice Coombs, MD Alice Coombs, MD
Associate Professor

Undergraduate: BS Biology (University of Southern California)
MD (University of Los Angeles, School of Medicine)
Residency: Internal Medicine, Internship & Residency (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University)
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (New England Center Tufts University)

Michael Czekajlo, MD, PhD Michael Czekajlo, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor; Director of Simulation

Undergraduate: BS Biology (Kean Univ, Union, NJ)
MS Biology (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ, Teaneck, NJ); MD (Poznan Univ of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland); PhD Emergency and Disaster Medicine (Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland)
Interests: Critical Care Medicine

Kristin Kim, MD Christin Kim, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA , Anthropology (New York University)
MD (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
Anesthesiology (University of Michigan)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (University of Michigan)

Courtenay Gordon, MD Courtenay Leahman, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA Psychology (Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
Graduate: MD (Emory Univ, Atlanta, GA)
Internal Medicine (St. Vincent’s Medical Center, New York, NY)
Multi-Disciplinary Critical Care (Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA)
Critical Care

Megan Rashid, MD Megan Rashid, MD
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Graduate: MSM, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Graduate: MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Anesthesiology, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
Fellowship: Critical Care Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Interests: Critical Care Medicine, Perioperative Ultrasound

Jagdip Shah, MBBS, MBA Jagdip Shah, MBBS, MBA
Associate Professor

Graduate: MBA (VCU Medical Center)
MBBS (Gujarat Univ, Gujarat, India)
Anesthesiology (Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY)
(Univ of Maryland, Baltimore, MD)
Transplant, Critical Care, Economics of Medicine

Pranav R. Shah, MD Pranav R. Shah, MD
Assistant Professor

Graduate: BS-Biology (University of Rochester, Rochester, NY)
MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA)
Anesthesiology (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA)
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN)
Critical Care Medicine (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN)
Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Perioperative Organ Dysfunction, Critical Care Medicine, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Vishal Yajnik, MS, MD Vishal Yajnik, MD, MS
Assistant Professor

Undergraduate: BA, Public Health (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD)
Graduate: MS, Physiology & Biophysics (Georgetown University, Washington, DC; MD (VCU School of Medicine)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA)

Interests: Critical Care Medicine, Therapeutic Hypothermia, Medical Education

The Division of Critical Care manages many different critical issues in each ICU

These include but are not limited to:

  • Respiratory Failure
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Renal (Kidney) Failure
  • Liver Failure
  • Total Artificial Heart placement
  • Sepsis
  • Stroke
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Meningitis
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Metabolic Derangements
  • Comprehensive Stroke in NSICU


VCU Medical Center recently received The Joint Commission’s highest certification, Comprehensive Stroke Certification, in conjunction with the Neuro-critical Care Unit’s Associate co-director, Dr. Courtenay Leahman.

Dr. Leahman was the first Board certified Neuro-intensivist employed at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.


Founded in 2003, the Division of Critical Care first started caring for patients in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care unit and consisted of three physicians.  Over the past eleven years, we have expanded to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the Veteran’s Administration, and are actively recruiting more physicians yearly to help expand the program. 


The Neuro-science Intensive Care Unit has completed resident education handbook, and has weekly lectures as well as monthly journal clubs in order to help educate the students and residents who rotate through the unit.

The Cardiac Surgery and Surgical ICUs are in the process of finalizing an official resident unit curriculum as well as using bedside didactic sessions.


For the future, we have a united goal of providing exceptional care to all patients in our community.  Our commitment to excellence is one we hope to share not only with our patients and families, but also with the nation, as we move towards creating a nationally renowned educational and clinical fellowship.



Sherrie Payne
Administrative Assistant to John Butterworth IV, Chair

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