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We found 2 critical care specialists who accept Interplan near Evanston, IL.

Dr. Mohammad Ikram Akhtar MD
Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care
724 Juniper Road
Glenview, IL

Dr. Mohammad Akhtar is a pediatric critical care specialist. His clinical interests include hospital care. Dr. Akhtar takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Health Sciences Antigua. He trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Akhtar (or staff) speaks Urdu and Punjabi. Dr. Akhtar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Hospitalist

Robert Andrew Cohen MD
Specializes in Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine), Adult Pulmonology
Chicago, IL
(312) 695-1800; (312) 695-9026

Dr. Robert Cohen's areas of specialization are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Cohen attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. He is especially interested in obstructive lung disease and sarcoidosis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. Dr. Cohen has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Obstructive Airway Disease, Occupational Lung Disease, Sarcoidosis


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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.