Faculty Profiles

Tim Buchman

Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD

Professor of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Professor of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine

Medical Director, Electronic ICU Service, Emory Healthcare

Telephone: 404.712.2602

Email: tbuchma@emory.edu

Certification: General Surgery, Burns, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2009


During his 2009-2018 service as the founding director of the Emory Critical Care Center (ECCC), Dr. Buchman integrated ICUs throughout the Emory Healthcare system and brought together clinicians and investigators from diverse disciplines to conduct research to define best clinical practices and inform public health policy.

In 2014, Dr. Buchman inaugerated and began serving as the medical director of the Emory Electronic ICU (eICU). Initially funded by a Health Care Innovations Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the eICU is located in the Doctor's Center Building at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (ESJH) and is linked to ICUs at ESJH, Emory University Hospital (EUH), Emory University Hospital Midtown, East Georgia Regional Medical Center, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital by HIPAA-secure, bi-directional AV technology and digital connections that carry encrypted medical data. All hardware/software derived patient data from the ICUs routes to the eICU and its 24-7 monitoring personnel, who work closely with providers in the member ICUs as they treat patients.

In 2017, a CMS report found that the Emory eICU reduced hospital stays, saved millions of dollars, and eased provider shortage. In 2018, Dr. Buchman and the eICU developed a partnership with Perth Hospital in Australia, which allows Emory physicians and nurses to deliver care from the other side of the Earth by working in daylight hours in Australia to cover nighttime hours in Atlanta.

Dr. Buchman's research spans the bench-to-bedside and encompasses studies of physiological dynamics, predictive biology, patient monitoring, the genetics of sepsis, and ICU end-of-life care. He is working towards ICU clinicians being able to predict and plan for the future of each patient. His current investigations include a streaming data analytics research project in the EUH ICU that's helping healthcare providers analyze reams of bedside monitor data in real time, and serving as the local PI for the DoD-sponsored Surgical Critical Care Initiative, which is working to translate advances in combat casualty care and surgical research resulting from military experiences with critically injured service members to civilian practice.

Before joining Emory, Dr. Buchman was the Edison Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he founded and directed the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery and Barnes-Jewish Hospital's nationally verified level 1 trauma center. Prior to his 15 years in Saint Louis, Dr. Buchman was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore, where he built the SICU service and founded the Adult Trauma Service. He completed the Halsted Residency in General Surgery at Hopkins and his trauma/critical care training at Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center.


View Dr. Buchman's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory St. Joseph's Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MS in Organic Chemistry, 1973-1974, University of Chicago

  • PhD in Virology, 1974-1978, University of Chicago

  • MD, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Class of 1980

  • General Surgery Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1980-1985

  • Fellowship in Traumatology/Critical Care, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, 1986-1987

Honors and Awards

  • Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2011-2014

  • Named Master Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine, 2012

  • Elected to Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, 2012

  • Distinguished Investigator Award, American College of Critical Care Medicine, 2011

  • Listed in "Best Doctors in America," 2006

  • Listed in St. Louis' "Best Doctors," St. Louis Magazine, 2005-2008

  • Senior Class Award, Teacher of the Year, Washington University School of Medicine, 1997

  • Evarts A. Graham Resident Teaching Award, Washington University School of Medicine, 1995, 1996

  • National Resident's Award First Prize, Contemporary Surgery, 1985

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

  • American College of Critical Care Medicine, Master of Critical Care Medicine

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American College of Chest Physicians

  • American Physiological Society

  • American Surgical Association

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Charter Member

  • Shock Society, Past President

  • Society for Complexity in Acute Illness, Past President

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, Past President, USA Representative to CoBaTrICE

  • Surgical Biology Club II

  • Surgical Infection Society

Current Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Deputy Editor, Journal of the American College of Surgeons

  • Associate Editor, Shock
  • Editorial Board, Critical Care Medicine

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Critical Care

Clinical Interests

  • Surgical critical care

  • Trauma and burn care

  • Sepsis

  • Multiple organ failure

Research Interests

  • Molecular mechanisms underlying the multiple organ dysfunction syndrome

  • End-of-life care
  • Genetics of sepsis

  • Systems biology and its application to critical care and clinical medicine