Neurocritical Care - Emergency Neurology

Welcome to the Yale Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology. Here, you will find a multidisciplinary team dedicated to improving the lives of patients and families who have suffered from acute neurological injury. Our neurointensivists, neurosurgeons, nurses, and therapists work in the first and only dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit in Connecticut. Our team consists of international leaders in clinical care, research, and education. We are committed to bringing scientific advances to our patients and providing cutting-edge therapies in a compassionate environment. We encourage you to contact our team, should you wish to learn more about what we do.

Sheth, Kevin N

Section Chief

Associate Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery
Division Chief, Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology
Director, Neuroscience ICU
Chief, Clinical Research, Department of Neurology

Gilmore, Emily J.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Staff Neurointensivist, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Greer, David M

Dr. Harry M. Zimmerman and Dr. Nicholas and Viola Spinelli Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neurosurgery
Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology
Director, Stroke Service
Director of Medical Studies

Hwang, David Y.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Staff Neurointensivist, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Marcolini, Evie

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and of Neurology

Petersen, Nils H.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Staff Neurointensivist, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Poskus, Kelly

Nurse Manager

Contact Us

Patient families, prospective visitors, and those with an interest in neuroscience are important members of our team. We would be happy to hear from you and receive an feedback or interest you may have to offer. Please contact our division at 203-737-8051.


The Yale Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit aims to provide the most sophisticated, empathic care possible to critically ill patients with nervous system injuries. Our goal is to bring together considerable breadth and depth in humanism and in science, across diverse areas of expertise, to be the premier neuroscience intensive care unit in the world. We constantly work towards this goal by adhering to the following values:

  • Honesty, respect, support, and open communication from and amongst our multidisciplinary team
  • Highest standards of patient safety and patient/family-centered care
  • Compassion and kindness in all our interactions
  • Environment which fosters the growth and development of our trainees so that they are ready to become tomorrow’s leaders in the clinical neurosciences
  • Relentless pursuit of scientific advances that directly improve the lives of our patients

History and Description of the Neuro-ICU

There is a rich tradition of acute neuroscience at Yale University extending back an entire century. The initial chiefs of neurosurgery, Drs. Samuel Harvey and William German, were trainees of Harvey Cushing at the Peter Bent Brigham in Boston and Cushing himself joined Yale as the Sterling Professor of Neurology.  Likewise, the neurology department’s founding chair, Gilbert Glaser, laid the foundation for a nationally unique program in epilepsy research and clinical practice, establishing Yale as a national home for NIH funded epilepsy grants.  These early building blocks set the stage for a vibrant program in neurocritical care. 

The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at YNHH is one of the only dedicated certified neuroscience intensive care units in the state of Connecticut staffed by neuro-intensivists who are all board eligible or certified. Five attending faculty, with backgrounds from neurology and emergency medicine, make up the current cohort of clinical staff. The unit is a 14 bed neuro-ICU and has enjoyed multidisciplinary participation from a dedicated neuroscience pharmacist, active cadre of PA and NP’s, respiratory and physical therapists, a case manager, and residents from neurology and neurosurgery.

The Neuro ICU uses state of the art technology to facilitate the most advanced patient care. The ICU also maintains a portable CT scanner and has 24/7 access to an interventional neuro-angio suite which can also be used as a neurosurgical operating room with an intra-operative MRI. The neurocritical care division works closely with epilepsy, led by Dr. Larry Hirsch, an international leader in EEG practice and research in the neuroscience ICU. Nursing staff are nationally involved in the Neurocritical Care Society and regularly present at annual meetings.