William J. Ehlenbach, MD, MSc

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Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine




William J. Ehlenbach, MD, MSc is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine—Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with a research focus on long-term outcomes after critical illness, especially cognitive outcomes in older adults.  He is currently developing a research program to identify factors related to critical illness and the therapies used to treat critical illness that may lead to adverse long-term outcomes, such as chronic cognitive dysfunction.  His recent research examined the relationship between acute care, critical illness hospitalizations and cognitive decline, as well as factors associated with survival following in-hospital cardiac arrest. This research utilized both prospectively generated cohorts and large administrative databases such as Medicare.  Dr. Ehlenbach is interested in utilizing his examination of factors associated with unfavorable long-term outcomes after critical illness to improve these outcomes and facilitate more informed patient and family decision making.

Research Funding

Cognitive outcomes and neuropathology in older adults following critical illness
Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program, NIH (NIA) 1K23AG038352-01A1, 9/1/2011-8/31/2016
Role: Principal Investigator

Recent Publications (selected)

Ehlenbach WJ. The impact of patient preferences on physician decisions in the ICU: still much to learn. Intensive Care Med 2013;39(9):1647-9.

Menon PR, Ehlenbach WJ, Ford DW, Stapleton RD. Epidemiologic study of multiple cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts in the elderly. Crit Care Med (in press).

Ehlenbach WJ, Cooke CR.  Making ICU Prognostication Patient Centered: Is There a Role for Dynamic Information? Crit Care Med 2013 Apr; 41(4):1136-1138.

Seymour, CW, Iwashyna TJ, Ehlenbach WJ, Wunsch, H and Cooke CR. Hospital level variation in the use of intensive care.  Health Serv Res 2012 Oct;47(5):2060-80.

Ehlenbach WJ, Curtis JR.  The Meaning of DNR Orders:  A Need for Clarity.  Crit Care Med  2011; 39:193-4.

Ehlenbach WJ, Hough CL, Crane PK, Haneuse S, Carson SS, Curtis JR, Larson EB. Association between Acute Care and Critical Illness Hospitalization and Cognitive Function in Older Adults.  JAMA 2010 Feb 24;303(8):763-70.

Ehlenbach WJ, Barnato AE, Curtis JR, Kreuter W, Koepsell TD, Deyo RA, and Stapleton RD. Epidemiologic Study of In-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the Elderly.  N Engl J Med  2009 Jul 2; 361(1):22-31.

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