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

Director, Emory Critical Care Center, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief, Critical Care 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


Dr. Buchman is the founding director of the Emory Critical Care Center (ECCC), which is integrating ICUs throughout the Emory Healthcare system and bringing together clinicians and investigators from diverse disciplines to conduct research to define best clinical practices and inform public health policy. Currently, the ECCC offers adult surgical intensive care, medical intensive care, cardiothoracic surgical intensive care, neuroscience critical care, and cardiac care in three of Emory Healthcare's six hospitals: Emory University Hospital (EUH), Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (ESJH). In 2012, the ECCC opened a new ICU at the midtown hospital that was designed by a multi-disciplinary team of specialists and experts coordinated by Dr. Buchman. The design incorporated feedback from families of former patients and technology that has made care teams more efficient.

In 2014, the Emory Electronic ICU (eICU) officially began operations. Initiated by Dr. Buchman and funded by a Health Care Innovations Award (HCIA) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the eICU is located in the Doctor's Center Building at ESJH and is linked to ICUs at ESJH, EUH, EUH 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.

The ECCC offers comprehensive training to fourth-year Emory medical students; interns and residents from internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurology, and neurosurgery; and advanced fellows who are studying to become intensive care physicians. It also offers a one-year NP/PA post graduate residency and a six-month HCIA residency for both new graduates or providers who have been practicing in a field other then critical care.

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. The process combines IBM's real time streaming analytics system with Excel Medical Electronics' bedside monitor data aggregation application, which captures data in motion, identifies patterns in physiological data, and alerts healthcare providers to serious complications like sepsis, heart failure, or pneumonia. More than 100,000 data points per patient per second are collected and analyzed in real time, enabling clinicians to make split-second medical decisions.

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