Division of Anesthesia Critical Care

The Department of Anesthesiology plays a major role in delivery of critical care services at VCU Health. We currently provide the majority of attending coverage for Cardiac ICU, Neuroscience ICU and Vibra Hospital (long-term acute care and pulmonary), as well as contributing to the surgical, Level 1 Trauma, burns and transplant critical care services. It is an attending-lead service with support from fellows, residents, interns and medical students.

The critical care service is busy with a large range of elective and emergent cases with different pathologies, giving enormous educational opportunity to residents. The department runs a POCUS ultrasound course for all anesthesia trainees, so the use of ultrasound to guide fluid therapy, optimise hemodynamics and diagnose life threatening or pulmonary abnormalities is now a standard of care. Hemodynamic monitoring is also mandated in high-risk or sepsis patients, with research opportunities using new Hypotensive Predictive Index (HPI) software programs. There are many other areas for research, particularly neuroscience. The department works in collaboration with the VA Health System and a joint anesthesia critical care fellowship is expected to start in the near future.

 

Alice Coombs, M.D.

Alice Coombs, M.D.

Professor, Chair

Alice Coombs, M.D.

Alice Coombs, M.D.

Professor, Chair

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., Biology, University of Southern California
Graduate: M.D., University of California Los Angeles
Residency: Internal Medicine, Internship & Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University
Residency: Anesthesiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, New England Center Tufts University

Email: alice.coombs@vcuhealth.org

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Christin Kim, M.D.

Christin Kim, M.D.

Associate Professor, Medical Director - CSICU

Christin Kim, M.D.

Christin Kim, M.D.

Associate Professor, Medical Director - CSICU

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.A. , Anthropology (New York University)
Graduate: M.D. (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
Residency: Anesthesiology (University of Michigan)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (University of Michigan)

Email: christin.kim@vcuhealth.org

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Rami Maarouf, M.D.

Rami Maarouf, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Rami Maarouf, M.D.

Rami Maarouf, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., University of Virginia
Graduate: M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: Anesthesiology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
Interests: Critical Care Medicine, Point of Care Ultrasound, Burn Resuscitation

Email: rami.maarouf@vcuhealth.org

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Vishal Yajnik, M.D., M.S.

Vishal Yajnik, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Vishal Yajnik, M.D., M.S.

Vishal Yajnik, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.A., Public Health (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD)
Graduate: M.S., Physiology & Biophysics (Georgetown University, Washington, DC; M.D. (VCU School of Medicine)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA)
Interests: Neurocritical Care, Quality Improvement, and Serious Illness Conversations

Email: vishal.yajnik@vcuhealth.org

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Pranav R. Shah, M.D.

Pranav R. Shah, M.D.

Associate Professor

Pranav R. Shah, M.D.

Pranav R. Shah, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Graduate: B.S.-Biology (University of Rochester, Rochester, NY)
Graduate: M.D. (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA)
Fellowship: Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN)
Interests: Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Perioperative Organ Dysfunction, Critical Care Medicine, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Email: pranav.shah@vcuhealth.org

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Megan Rashid, M.D.

Megan Rashid, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Megan Rashid, M.D.

Megan Rashid, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Graduate: M.S.M., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Graduate: M.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Residency: 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

Email: megan.rashid@vcuhealth.org

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Kenny Potter, M.D.

Kenny Potter, M.D.

Assistant professor

Kenny Potter, M.D.

Kenny Potter, M.D.

Assistant professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S. Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Neuropsychology (Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA)
Graduate: M.D. (The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, PA)
Residency: Anesthesiology (Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA)
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine (Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA)
Interests: Critical Care Medicine, Perioperative Ultrasonography

Email: kenneth.potter@vcuhealth.org

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