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We found 3 critical care specialists who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Life and Health Insurance Company near San Carlos, CA.

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Dr. Allen Frederick Namath Gromme, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Allen Namath works as a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Namath is especially interested in intensive care and lung problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Namath is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Tomomi Oka, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Tomomi Oka practices thoracic surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He is conversant in Japanese. Dr. Oka's areas of expertise include thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He graduated from Keio University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Dr. Oka is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Judy H Huang, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Judy Huang specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Patient ratings for Dr. Huang average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Huang is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Huang trained at Stanford University Medical Center for her residency.

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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.