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Department of Emergency Medicine
The Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research is dedicated to upholding Dr. Max Harry Weil’s legacy in advancing the knowledge of acute life-threatening injury and improving outcomes in critically ill patients.
Housed at VCU and spanning numerous departments, the Weil Institute of Emergency Critical Care Research is named for Dr. Max Harry Weil, a Swiss-born physician and researcher who was known as the father of critical care medicine. In the 1950s, Dr. Weil created the first bedside shock cart, a precursor to the code carts found in today’s hospitals. He also published more than 1,500 research papers and held 19 patents.
Our faculty members are committed to the pursuit of knowledge and advancement of the field of critical care, and we collaborate with experts across multiple disciplines to conduct cutting-edge research.
VCU is a participant in the ACCESS clinical trial, a nationwide, multi-center research study that aims to determine the best method of care for survival and neurological recovery in patients who are resuscitated using ventricular fibrillation (VF) outside of the hospital after cardiac arrest, but who show no evidence of a heart attack on an electrocardiogram (ECG).Discover past projects, publications and presentations.
The Weil Institute provides training and education for scholars and researchers through the following opportunities:
Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP
Deputy Director, Weil Institute