Cara L. Agerstrand, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center
Director of the Medical ECMO Program

Bio

Dr. Agerstrand is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, & Critical Care Medicine. She received her MD at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed both her residency in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Agerstrand’s research interests include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R), critical care outcomes, and the pulmonary effects of air pollution. She is the Director of the Medical ECMO Program and is on the Steering Committee of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). Dr. Agerstrand is committed to providing exceptional care to patients with critical illness and pulmonary disease.

Education and Training

Undergraduate:
B.S. in Biology and History, University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor, MI, 1997-2001
Medical School:
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 2002-2006
Residency:
Internal Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, 2006-2009
Fellowship(s):
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, 2009-2012

Other Experience and Professional Membership

  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • East African Training Initiative, Faculty

Clinical

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Specialties

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine

Clinical Expertise

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • General pulmonary Medicine
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Extracorporeal CO2 Removal for Respiratory failure
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Sepsis

Clinical Centers

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine Diplomate, 2009
  • Pulmonary Disease Diplomate, 2011
  • Critical Care Medicine Diplomate, 2012

Research

Research Interests

  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Extracorporeal CO2 Removal
  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Critical Care Outcomes
  • Air pollution and Asthma

Funding

  • Stony World-Herbert Fund

Selected Publications

  1. Salna M, Chicotka S, Biscotti M, Agerstrand C, Liou P, Brodie D, Bacchetta M. Morbid obesity is not a contraindication to transport on extracorporeal support. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2017 Deb [epub ahead print].
  2. Salna M, Chicotka S, Biscotti M, Agerstrand C, Liou P, Ginsburg M, Oommen R, Sonett J, Brodie D, Bacchetta M. Management of Surge in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Transport. Ann of Thor Surg. 2018 Feb;105(2):528-534.
  3. Biscotti M, Gannon WD, Agerstrand C, Abrams D, Sonett J, Brodie D, Bacchetta M. Awake extracorporeal membrane Oxygenation as a bridge to lung transplantation: a 9-year experience. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Aug;104(2):412-419.
  4. Agerstrand C, Brodie D, Bacchetta M. Reply: Difference between venovenous and venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in pregnancies. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan;103(1)361-2.
  5. Agerstrand C, Abrams D, Biscotti M, Moroz L, Rosenzweig EB, D'Alton M, Brodie D, Bacchetta M. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for cardiopulmonary failure during pregnancy and postpartum. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 May 3 Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Sep;102(3):774-779.
  6. Abrams D, Baldwin MR, Champion M, Agerstrand C, Eisenberger A, Bacchetta M, Brodie D. Thrombocytopenia and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in adults with acute respiratory distress syndrome. Intensive Care Med. 2016 May;42(5):844-52.
  7. Glick D, Dzierba AL, Abrams D, Muir J, Eisenberger A, Diuguid D, Abel E, Agerstrand C, Bacchetta M, Brodie D. Clinically suspected heparin-induced thrombocytopenia during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. J Crit Care. 2015 Dec;30(6):1190-4.
  8. Biscotti M, Agerstrand C, Abrams D, Ginsburg M, Sonett J, Mongero L, Takayama H, Brodie D, Bacchetta M. One Hundred Transports on Extracorporeal Support to an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Center. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jul;100(1):34-9; discussion 39-40.
  9. Agerstrand CL, Burkart KM, Abrams DC, Bacchetta MD, Brodie D. Blood conservation in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory distress syndrome. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Feb;99(2):590-5.
  10. Abrams D, Agerstrand CL, Biscotti M, Burkart KM, Bacchetta M, Brodie D. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the management of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage. ASAIO J. 2015 Mar-Apr;61(2):216-8.
  11. Agerstrand CL, Bacchetta MD, Brodie D. ECMO for adult respiratory failure: current use and evolving applications. ASAIO J. 2014 May-June;60(3):255-62.
  12. Biscotti M, Agerstrand C, Abrams D, Takayama H, Sonett J, Brodie D, Bacchetta M. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation transport after traumatic aortic valve injury. ASAIO J. 2014, May-Jun;60(3):353-4.
     

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