Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

ISSN: 2161-105X

Open Access

Curtis N Sessler

Curtis N Sessler

Curtis N Sessler
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System , USA


Curtis N.Sessler is the Orhan Muren Professor of Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System where he is Medical Director of the Medical Repiratory ICU, Medical Director of Critical Care,and Director of the VCU Center for Adult Critical Care. His research interests include ICU sedation and analgesia, prevention of nosocomial infection, ARDS, and mechanical ventilation. He has published nearly 300 articles,chapters,books,CD-ROMs,and abstracts. Dr Sessler led a group that developed the Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale (RASS) for assessing sedation in the ICU. He is a member of a number of editorial boards, past-chair of the FDA Pulmonary and Allergy Drug Advisory Committee, and many national working groups and task forces, including the SCCM taskforce on pain, agitation, and delirium in the ICU. Dr. Sessler is an enthusiastic proponent of collaboration, multi-professional practice, and patient-focused care.

Research Interest

Critical care medicine, sedation and analgesia, sepsis, mechanical ventilation, ARDS, invasive procedures, patient safety, nosocomial infections, simulation.


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