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We found 8 critical care specialists who accept PacifiCare HMO near Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Allen Frederick Namath Gromme, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Allen Namath is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Palo Alto, CA, San Carlos, CA, and Fremont, CA. His clinical interests encompass intensive care and lung problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Namath accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Namath trained at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Namath's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Apurva Muklund Marfatia, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Apurva Marfatia is a specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He works in Mountain View, CA. He is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and Topiwala National Medical College. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Marfatia is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Marfatia's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Tomomi Oka, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
87 Encina Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Tomomi Oka is a physician who specializes in thoracic surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Areas of expertise for Dr. Oka include thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Keio University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. He is conversant in Japanese. Dr. Oka's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sclerotherapy, Thoracic Cancer, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Mediastinal Tumor, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Dr. Estela Del Carmen Ayala, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
701 E. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Estela Ayala is a physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Ayala studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include intensive care and lung problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Ayala average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ayala honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Ganesh Krishna, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Ganesh Krishna's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Krishna studied medicine at Tirunelveli Medical College. His residency was performed at George Washington University Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in intensive care and lung problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Krishna is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rebecca E Schane, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Rebecca Schane is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Mountain View, CA. In her practice, Dr. Schane focuses on general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Schane graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: General Care, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Lorry R Frankel, MBA, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Lorry Frankel practices pediatric critical care. Dr. Frankel attended the University of Antwerp Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Valley Medical Center of Fresno for residency. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Frankel speaks Dutch. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Judy H Huang, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Judy Huang practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Huang's medical residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Huang welcomes new patients.

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What is Critical Care?

Critical care, or intensive care medicine, is the delivery of medical care to patients whose illness or injury is so seriously life threatening that they would likely die without intervention. It usually takes place in ICUs or trauma centers. It is referred to as critical care in North America, while it is called intensive care or intensive therapy in the rest of the world. Specialists in this field are sometimes referred to as intensivists.

Critical care may encompass a broad variety of medical specialties in the efforts to save a patient’s life. Critical care specialists must have a good knowledge of anesthesiology, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and other specialties. Besides their medical knowledge, intensivists must know a great deal about end-of-life issues, including ethics, advanced directives, and family counseling and bereavement.

Critical care is a relatively modern specialty, which developed along with ICUs beginning in the 1950’s. It looks different from regular medicine, and it can be recognized by the presence of more nurses, more monitoring, more invasive monitors and procedures, and the presence of life-sustaining therapies such as mechanical ventilators and vasopressors.

Specialists in critical care frequently have to make urgent and complex decisions. They use their knowledge and skill to provide intensive care to the most fragile patients and do their best to save lives.