Critical Care Division

  • University of Virginia Dr. Ebony Hilton, MD Convers with a team member

    Dr. Ebony Hilton, MD discusses a case with a resident.

  • Doctor Danny Theodore teaches in the ICU.

    Doctor Danny Theodore, MD teaches in the ICU.


The University of Virginia’s Critical Care Division is one of our largest Anesthesiology Divisions. This reflects the growing importance of critical care and perioperative medicine as part of the specialty of anesthesiology, as well as the increased need for intensivists as our population ages and case complexity increases. Our Division has fourteen faculty members and is led by our Division Chief, Robert H. Thiele, M.D.

At UVA, coverage in our three intensive care units (ICUs) are provided by our critical care anesthesiologists. Our three ICUs consist of: Cardiovascular and Thoracic CT-ICU, Neurological (stroke and neurosurgery) NN-ICU, and Surgical/Trauma ST-ICU. All of our neurointensivists are board certified. Some of our intensivists also work as overnight “Rescue” physicians, and during the COVID-19 pandemic we integrated into the broader UVA ICU pool to provide coverage for the special pathogens unit.

A Message from the Division Chief

University of Virginia Robert Thiele, M.D., ICU Anesthesia Division Chief

Robert Thiele, M.D., Critical Care Anesthesia Division Chief

What makes me most proud of the Critical Care Division are the people – despite being the largest division in the Department, we function largely like a family. Our ICU team is professional, well-trained, and collegial – an absolute joy to work with. We also have a variety of individual interests and strengths (e.g. research, teaching, leadership work) that complement each other nicely and lead to a balanced group.

A major feature of the Critical Care Division is the extensive use of ultrasound and an interest in cardiovascular physiology. I am board certified in advanced perioperative TEE, was one of the original question writers for the NBE Examination of Special Competence in Critical Care Echocardiography (CCEeXAM), and hold a Certificate of Completion (COC) for the ACCP’s Critical Care Ultrasonography course. Four of our faculty are TEE-certified and have undergone additional fellowship training in cardiothoracic anesthesia. In addition to bedside transthoracic (and in some cases transesophageal) echocardiography, many of our faculty are competent at performing chest wall ultrasound, abdominal ultrasound, and examining deep venous structures. Our Cardiovascular & Thoracic CT-ICU is particularly rich in the opportunity to utilize bedside ultrasound.

We have fourteen board-certified, full time faculty intensivists, several of whom have dual subspecialty interests (e.g. cardiac anesthesia, neurocritical care board certification). Our faculty come from a variety of institutions, having completed their fellowships at the University of Virginia, University of Florida, Duke University, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Medical University of South Carolina, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan. While we do not have any open positions currently, we are always interested in hearing from outstanding candidates, including trainees thinking about where they might take their first faculty position.

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