The Critical Care Medicine Division has robust programs in the study of critical illness, spanning from population health to basic science. Our research is funded by institutional, federal, foundation, and industry sources. Please explore the links below to see the diversity of our current research programs.

Population Health

The division houses the Critical Care and Perioperative Population Health Research (CAPER) Unit, with a mission of improving the lives of patients undergoing surgery and critical care globally, through the conduct of large-scale observational research using rigorous population health research methods. Methods used are drawn from the fields of epidemiology, pharamacoepidemiology, causal inference, health services research, health economics, health policy, and implementation science. Studies focus on the following areas: methods, injury epidemiology, resuscitation, analgesia, nutrition, multi-organ dysfunction, and health equity. To learn more, visit the CAPER Unit’s webpage.

Clinical Trials

The division participates in a variety of clinical trials, spanning multiple critical care topical areas. Trials led by members of our faculty are focused in the following areas: hemodynamics, coagulation, nutrition, neurologic injuries, and multi-organ dysfunction. Learn more about the clinical trials infrastructure at Duke Anesthesiology by visiting the Clinical Research Unit’s webpage.

Clinical, Translational and Basic Science Research Programs

The division has nationally-recognized programs in clinical, translational and basic science research in a variety of areas of critical care medicine including: critical care systems, point-of-care ultrasonography, nutrition and metabolism, sleep and delirium, brain injury, coagulation, education, genetics, data science, mechanical circulatory support, and acute kidney injury. Many investigators are members of the department’s Center for Perioperative Organ Protection.

Click on each division faculty’s name (within the faculty tab) to learn more about their work at Scholars@Duke.

View the Department’s Grant Awards