American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Fighting COVID-19 at New York-Presbyterian in New York City

ACS Regent Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor, Chairman of Surgery, and Surgeon-in-Chief, Weill Cornell Medicine, is at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the New York City epicenter. He provided a first-person account that can be accessed here.

Dr. Michelassi also shared an e-Newsletter Chairman message he sent to New York Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine faculty, residents, and staff.


Things are challenging here. As of this morning (Friday, April 3), we have 2,004 COVID+ patients across the New York-Presbyterian (NYP) enterprise (NYP has 4,000 beds over 10 hospitals) with 527 on vent/extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. We are working feverishly to double the number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds by converting each one of our operating rooms (ORs) (except a handful), post-anesthesia care unit space, cath lab, you name it, into an ICU. But we need ventilators, personal protective equipment, testing, nurses, and faculty. We are redeploying our own faculty and we are reaching out for volunteers.

We are currently performing only emergent, urgent, and semi-urgent procedures; have closed many outpatients venues in favor of telemedicine encounters…the list goes on and it is probably quite similar to measures in many institutions and hospitals across the country. We all are working around the clock seven days a week to face this crisis. It is really challenging...and we have not reached the peak yet!