Christopher Neal Parkhurst, M.D., Ph.D.
Critical Care Medicine
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Christopher Neal Parkhurst, M.D., Ph.D.

Critical Care Medicine

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Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

Advances in medical knowledge and technology over the past decades have radically changed the way that we care for critically ill patients. The conditions that we most often treat in our ICUs such as sepsis and ARDS now often end with patients returning home. Despite these improvements in immediate outcomes, patients returning home from the ICU often face new physical, mood, and cognitive changes/impairments collectively known as post-ICU syndrome (PICS). As a physician-scientist in the Weill Cornell Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, it is my privilege to work with patients and their families both during acute critical illness in our ICUs and afterwards in our post-ICU clinic as well as to conduct basic and translational research into PICS in order to better understand and ultimately treat this syndrome.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine


  • Airway Management
  • Mechanical Ventilation


Dr. Parkhurst earned his undergraduate degree in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University before joining the medical scientist training program at the New York University School of Medicine, jointly earning his MD and PhD degrees. During this time his research focused on understanding the interaction between the immune and central nervous systems, including the impact of inflammation on brain function. After his graduate training Dr. Parkhurst completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he served as chief fellow. He is currently an attending physician and postdoctoral research fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. His current research efforts focus on understanding the mechanisms by which critical illness generates persistent physical and cognitive dysfunction.




Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Instructor in Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., New York University School of Medicine, 2015
  • Ph.D., New York University, 2013
  • B.S., Cornell University, 2002


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