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The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) at UNC Hospitals is a tertiary intensive care unit that provides care for critically ill patients with injury or disease of the central and peripheral nervous system. This care is provided by a multidisciplinary team including physicians with specialized training in neurocritical care, acute care nurse practitioners, critical care nurses with neuroscience training, pharmacists with specialized ICU training, in collaboration with an extensive team of specialists from various disciplines. Furthermore, we work extensively with our colleagues in speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, and nutrition to optimize care for our patients.

The patients cared for in the NSICU have a diverse range of neurological diseases including brain tumors, brain aneurysms, strokes, hemorrhages in the brain, head and spinal cord traumatic injury, severe nervous system infections as well as many other life-threatening neurological conditions requiring management in an intensive care unit. The NSICU is a state-of-the-art 16-bed closed model ICU providing advanced monitoring techniques including ICP monitoring, brain oxygen monitoring, and continuous video EEG in addition to therapeutic and diagnostic modalities such as therapeutic hypothermia and a portable CT scanner housed within the unit. Clinical research and medical education complement our ability to provide the best clinical care available for our patients.

UNC Neuroscience ICU Physician Team:


Rhonda Cadena, MD
Winnie Lau, MD
Casey Olm-Shipman, MD
Clio Rubinos, MD
Matthew Field Sharrock, MD