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Episode 81: Perspectives - Dr. Tom Bleck

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This month, tune into the all new Perspectives Series: Dr. Tom Bleck, Professor of Neurology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and founding president of the Neurocritical Care Society.

The NCS Podcast is the official podcast of the Neurocritical Care Society.


  • Thomas P Bleck, MD, MCCM

    Thomas P Bleck ,MD, MCCM is professor of neurology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he directs the neurocritical care fellowship. In 2018 he retired as professor emeritus of neurological sciences, neurosurgery, internal medicine, and anesthesiology at Rush Medical College, where he was a neurointensivist and the director of clinical neurophysiology.

    From 2009 – 2015, he was the associate chief medical officer for critical care. He was the founding president of the Neurocritical Care Society. From 1992 – 2015 he was the neuroscience section editor of Critical Care Medicine, and is currently an associate editor. He also serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Intensive Care, Current Opinion in Critical Care, and Epilepsy Currents. For 12 years, he was a member of the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In 2015, the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the SCCM elected him a Master of Critical Care Medicine; there are 87 masters out of 18,000 members. He previously served on the board of the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, the writing committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Internal Medicine sub-specialty exam committee in critical care medicine. In 2018, he was appointed to the ABPN neurocritical care examination development committee. He is an elected fellow of 11 professional societies. In 2017, he was elected to the board of directors of the American Neurological Association. In 2018, he received the SCCM lifetime achievement award.

    From 1990 – 2006, he directed the neuroscience intensive care unit at the University of Virginia as the Louise Nerancy eminent scholar in neurology. From 2006 – 2009, he chaired the neurology department of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, and was professor and vice-chair for academic programs at Northwestern, where he also directed the division of neurocritical care. In 2009, he moved to Rush as the associate chief medical officer for critical care. In 2017, he was the interim neurology residency program director. His research interests include subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, head injury, status epilepticus, infections, neuromuscular respiratory failure, and the ICU management of the organ donor. He has published 213 papers, 135 abstracts, 22 editorials, and 200 books and book chapters; and conducted more than 580 national and international visiting appointments and lectureships in 30 countries.

    Dr. Bleck is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, with subspecialty certification in critical care medicine; the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, with subspecialty certifications in vascular neurology, epilepsy, and neurocritical care; clinical neurophysiology; and in neurocritical care by both the United Council on Neurological Subspecialties and the Committee on Advanced Surgical Training of the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

  • Nicholas A. Morris, MD

    Assistant Professor and Fellowship Director
    Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology
    Department of Neurology
    University of Maryland School of Medicine Medicine