We found 7 critical care specialists who accept Best Doctors PPO near Winfield, IL.

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Dr. Elizabeth Ann Bello, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care
25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Bello is a pediatric critical care specialist in Urbana, IL, Chicago, IL, and Winfield, IL. She has a special interest in hospital care. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bello accepts. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, she completed her residency training at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Unfortunately, Dr. Bello is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Francine M Pearce-Falls, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, General Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care
25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Francine Pearce specializes in hospital medicine (hospitalist), pediatric critical care, and general pediatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn's residency program. Her clinical interests include hospital care. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pearce accepts. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Franciscan Health Chicago Heights. Dr. Pearce is closed to new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Mohammad Ikram Akhtar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care
25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Mohammad Akhtar's specialty is pediatric critical care. Before performing his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Akhtar attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Health Sciences Antigua for medical school. He is especially interested in hospital care. Dr. Akhtar takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Akhtar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Naser A Zahran, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care
25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Naser Zahran works as a hospitalist and pediatric critical care specialist. He is a graduate of Vinnitsa National Medical University and a graduate of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn's residency program. He is especially interested in hospital care. Dr. Zahran honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Zahran (or staff) speaks Arabic, Italian, and Russian. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Vytautas Sapiega, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care
25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Vytautas Sapiega is a pediatric critical care specialist in Chicago, IL and Winfield, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hospital care. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sapiega studied medicine at Vilnius University. For his professional training, Dr. Sapiega completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is conversant in Lithuanian. Dr. Sapiega is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Svetlana Serlin, DO
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care
25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Svetlana Serlin's medical specialty is hospital medicine (hospitalist) and pediatric critical care. She has indicated that her clinical interests include hospital care. Dr. Serlin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and United Healthcare HMO. She is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Cook County Children's Hospital's residency program. Dr. Serlin (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. Dr. Serlin is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

Dr. Lavanya G Shankar, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care
25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL
 

Dr. Lavanya Shankar is a medical specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist) and pediatric critical care. She has a special interest in hospital care. Dr. Shankar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She takes United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She has a closed panel. Dr. Shankar graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Her residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care

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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.
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