Soumitra R. Eachempati, M.D.

Surgical Critical Care
Soumitra Eachempati

Dr. Soumitra Eachempat is Professor of Surgery and Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery in 2003 and Professor of Surgery in 2009.  He is also a Professor of Medicine in Medical Ethics. Dr. Eachempati also serves as Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. A nationally-renowed surgeon, Dr. Eachempati is board-certified in surgical critical care and general surgery.

Dr. Eachempati is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a Fellow of the College of Critical Care Medicine.  He is also a member of numerous other societies including the Surgical Infection Society, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Society of University Surgeons, the Association of Academic Surgeons, the Western Trauma Association, and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.  He has served as the President of the New York Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and is currently Chair of Applicant Interviews for the ACS Manhattan District #2.  A prolific author, Dr. Eachempati has published over 240 publications, abstracts, and book chapters.  He is currently editing a book entitled Acute Cholecystitis which studies and describes infections of the gallbladder and their management.

In addition to his busy surgical clinical practice, Dr. Eachempati provides leadership in surgical education  to fellows, residents and medical students. His research interests include topics pertinent to abdominal surgery, critical care, and trauma.

Dr. Eachempati has written on healthcare-related topics for multiple media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, National Review Online, and  He has additionally had multiple media interviews and appearances including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, New York Magazine, Scripps, CNN Headline News, and MSNBC.



Dr. Eachempati attended college at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he received a Bachelor's of Science in chemistry in 1987. He then went to Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where he graduated in 1991 with an MD. He completed his general surgery internship and residency in 1996 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. As a resident, Dr. Eachempati received multiple awards for teaching excellence. During this time, he was also selected to participate in an educational project in Hanoi, Vietnam where his group taught Vietnamese surgeons new techniques in laparoscopic surgery.

After residency, Dr. Eachempati worked at Duke University Hospital where he completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care in 1997. During this time, he published multiple studies in critical care and trauma surgery. Following this fellowship, he received an academic appointment as an Instructor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine in 1997. Following one year as an attending surgeon at Duke, he moved to New York City to join the faculty of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]



Publications (selected)


Acute Cholecystitis in the Sick Patient.  SR Eachempati, C Cocanour, L Dultz, U Phatak, R Alberado, SR Todd.   Current Problems in Surgery Volume 51, Number 11, November 2014.


Spinning-Induced Rhabdomyolysis and the Risk of Compartment Syndrome and Acute Kidney Injury: Two Cases and a Review of the Literature. E DePhillipis, G DeFilice, D Kleiman, S Eachempati.  SportsHealth 2014; 6: 333-5.


Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome in critical surgical illness. PS Barie, LJ Hydo, FM Pieracci, J Shou, and SR Eachempati.  Surg Infect 2009;10(5): 369-78.


Acute acalculous cholecystitis.  PS Barie, SR Eachempati.  Gastroenterol Clin N Am 39; 2010; 343-357.


Contemporary Predictors of Conversion from Laparoscopic to Open Appendectomy.  P Wagner, SR Eachempati, A Aronova, P Barie.  Surg Infect 2011; 12(4): 261-6.


Does de-escalation of antibiotic therapy for ventilator-associated pneumonia affect the likelihood of recurrent pneumonia or mortality in critically ill surgical patients?  SR Eachempati, L Hydo, J Shou, PS Barie.  J Trauma; 2009; 66:1343-1348.


The pathogen of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) does not influence mortality in an SICU with a rotational antibiotic system.   SR Eachempati, LJ Hydo, P Barie.  Surg Infect 2010; 11(1): 13-18.


Treatment of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections. The Surgical Infection Society.  AK May, RE Stafford, EM Bulger, D Heffernan, O Guillamondegui, G Bochicchio and SR Eachempati.  Surg Infect 2009; 10(5): 467-99.


Implementation of tight glucose control for critically ill surgical patients: a process improvement analysis.  SR Eachempati, LJ Hydo, JS Shou, PS Barie.  Surg Infect 2009, 10(6): 523-531.


Acute renal failure in surgical patients: persistent lethality despite new modes of renal replacement therapy.  SR Eachempati, J Wang, L Hydo, J Shou, P Barie.  J Trauma 2007; 63 (5): 987-993.


Use of Long-Term Anticoagulation is Associated With Traumatic Intracranial Hemorrhage and Subsequent Mortality in Elderly Patients Hospitalized After Falls: Analysis of the New York State Administrative Database.  FM Pieracci, SR Eachempati, J Shou, L Hydo, P Barie.  J Trauma 2007; 63(3):519-524.


Surgical Infection Society guideline: prophylactic antibiotic use in open fractures: an evidence-based guideline.  Hauser CJ,  Adams CA Jr,  Eachempati SR; Council of the Surgical Infection Society.  Surg Infect 2006; 7(4):379-405.


Impact of a new intermediate care unit on utilization and outcomes of a surgical intensive care unit. SR Eachempati, LJ Hydo, PS Barie.  Arch Surg 2004; 139:315-319.


Current opinion of CT scanning for the diagnosis of appendicitis.  N Sarkaria, SR Eachempati, DA Bonville, LJ Hydo, PS Barie.  Surg Infect 2004; 5(3): 243-52.


The Impact of the 2003 “Blackout” on a Level 1 Trauma Center: Lessons Learned and Implications for Injury Prevention.  SR Eachempati, S Mick, PS Barie.  J Trauma 2004; 57(5):1127-1131.


The surgical intensivist as mediator of end-of-life issues in the care of critically ill patients.  SR Eachempati, FG Miller, JJ Fins.  JACS  2003; 197: 847-853.


Factors affecting mortality in penetrating abdominal vascular trauma.  SR Eachempati, T Robb,

R Ivatury, L Hydo, and P Barie.  J Surg Res 2002; 108(2): 222-6


Biological warfare: current concerns for health care providers.  SR Eachempati, N

Flomenbaum, PS Barie.   J Trauma 2002; 52: 179-86.


Factors affecting management and outcome in blunt renal injury.  RL Kuo, SR Eachempati, MJ Makhuli, RL Reed.  World J Surg 2002; 4: 416-9.


The use of computed tomography for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis in children does

not influence the overall rate of negative appendectomy or perforation.  Weyant MJ,

Eachempati SR, Maluccio MA, Spigland N, Hydo LJ, Barie PS.  Surg Infect 2001; 2(1):



Severity scoring in pancreatitis: a comparative analysis of the Ranson and APACHE III

score.  SR Eachempati, LJ Hydo, PS Barie.  Arch Surg 2002; 137(6):  730-6.


Factors influencing the development of decubitus ulcers in critically ill surgical patients.  SR Eachempati, LJ Hydo, PS Barie.  Crit Care Med 2001; 29(9): 1678-82.


Gender-based differences in outcome for septic patients admitted to the surgical intensive care unit.  SR Eachempati, L Hydo, P Barie. Arch Surg 1999; 134 (12): 1342-7.


Pulmonary contusions: quantifying the lesions on chest x-ray films and the factors affecting prognosis.  J Tyburski, J Collinge, R Wilson, MD, and SR Eachempati.  J Trauma 1999; 46(5): 833-8.


Blunt vascular injuries of the head and neck: is heparinization necessary?  SR Eachempati, SN Vaslef, MW Sebastian, RL Reed.  J Trauma 1998; 45(6): 997-1004.