Providing high-quality care to adults in critical condition

At the Department of Critical Care, we provide high-quality care to patients in critical condition. Our department, which operates out of the QEII Health Sciences CentreDartmouth General Hospital, and the IWK Health Centre provide care for patients throughout the Maritime provinces.



A range of expertise

The department is made up of clinicians from varied professional backgrounds. Each faculty member has training in anesthesia, internal medicine, emergency medicine or surgery, as well as additional training in critical care. Our faculty members are well prepared to provide critical care to patients who need:

  • liver, pancreas or kidney transplantation
  • general, thoracic, ear-nose-throat, urological and oral maxillofacial surgery
  • bone marrow transplantation
  • neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery

Putting our patients first

We’re continually working to improve the quality of care we offer by basing our procedures on the latest evidence. Our educational opportunities are drawn from the most recent advances in medical education, and our research contributes to the growing body of knowledge in critical care medicine.

Patients and their families can expect exceptional critical care, while residents and medical students can anticipate excellent learning experiences that have been developed with our patients’ needs in mind.

Our mandate

As a department, we’re better positioned to advocate for patients and further strengthen our education and research programs. Not only does the Department of Critical Care teach residents and medical students, the future of healthcare, we conduct research. We also strive to support the recruitment of excellent faculty to the Nova Scotia Health Authority for the betterment of delivery of care in the Maritimes.