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Katherine Nugent, MD


Kate Nugent, MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine at Emory University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. She then completed both her emergency medicine residency and critical care fellowship at Emory University where she is now dually appointed in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Anesthesiology. She serves as the medical director of the Surgical/Transplant Intensive Care Unit at Emory University Hospital, where she also attends in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery ICU. Occasionally, she returns to Grady Memorial Hospital to work in the emergency department and continues to lead the Emergency Medicine-Critical Care Medicine Residency Track and direct the Critical Care Curriculum for the Emory Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Her academic and research interests include resident and fellow education, quality improvement initiatives, multi-disciplinary team communication, trauma resuscitation, mechanical circulatory support, and sepsis management. She received the 2019 W. Robert Grabenkort Faculty Mentor of the Year from the Emory Critical Care Center NP/PA Post Graduate Residency Program and transitioned into the role of medical director in November 2020.

Heather Meissen, ACNP, MSN, CCRN

  Heather Meissen

Heather Meissen began her training at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, AL where she obtained her BS in Biology and Psychology in 2003.  She continued her education at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where she obtained her MSN in Acute Care in 2005.  She moved to Atlanta, GA in 2005 and began working at Emory University Hospital in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit where she remains today.

Heather serves on the Post Graduate Education Committee for the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  She also serves as a content expert for the ACNP certification exam for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Heather has a passion for teaching, which has included many preceptorships with the Emory School of Nursing.  She received the Advancing Education Award presented by the Emory Critical Care Center in 2011.

Aimee Abide PA-C, MMSc


Aimee Abide obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Millsap’s College in Jackson, MS in 1992. She continued her education at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA earning her Physician Assistant Degree in 1999. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2000 and began working at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Aimee achieved her Masters of Medical Sciences Degree from Emory University in 2005 and joined the Emory Critical Care Center in 2008. Aimee practices critical care medicine in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown. She became Lead Advanced Practice Provider for the Cardiothoracic ICU in 2014.

Aimee’s interests include cultivating and enhancing quality initiatives for advanced practice providers within the Emory Critical Care Center. Aimee also has special interest in advancing educational and leadership opportunities for both Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. She received the Emory Critical Care Centers Champion Award in 2015 for outstanding work in a leadership role. She also received an award for Excellence and Dedication to Patient-Family Centered Care in 2016.

Aimee is a member of American Association for Physician Assistants, Georgia Association for Physician Assistants and Society of Critical Care Medicine.  


Anurag Sahu, MD

  Anurag Sahu

Dr. Sahu is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at Emory University.  He received his bachelor's and medical degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  He completed his internal medicine training at Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center and trained in cardiovascular disease at Rush Medical Center in Chicago.  While at Rush, he developed an interest in cardiac intensive care and advanced cardiac imaging.  He did further fellowship training in cardiac MRI and adult congenital heart disease at the Ohio State University.  He is currently the Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Emory University Hospital and a member of the division of Adult Congenital Heart Disease within the section of cardiology at Emory University.

Dr. Sahu is also involved in the management and protocol development of current circulatory assist devices that are placed percutaneously for the treatment of cardiogenic shock.

Owen Samuels, MD

  Owen Samuels

Dr. Samuels received his MD degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY and completed his internship and residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  He completed a Cerebrovascular Disease fellowship at Emory University and a second fellowship in Neurologic and Neurosurgical Neurointensive Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Samuels was instrumental in the redevelopment of Emory University Hospital's Neurointensive Care Unit.  In 2007, Emory opened its 20 bed neurosciences ICU tha allows for centralization of the most critical medical services for patients suffering from severe neurologic and neurosurgical brain injury.  Emory's new unit is one of the largest and busiest in the country, and one of only a few of this type of unit in the Southeast.  It provides an unparalleled level of comfort and convenience, and most importantly the integration of family members who wish to remain near their loved ones.  The Neurosciences Critical Care Unit at Emory University Hospital was selected as the recipient of the 2008 ICU Design Citation Award.

Jonathan Sevransky, MD, MHS

  Jonathan Sevransky

Jonathan Sevransky , MD, MHS is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Emory University Hospital MICU and Assistant Director for Medicine of the Emory Critical Care Center. Dr. Sevransky completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, medical school at George Washington University, internal medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian, and subspecialty fellowship training in Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins. He also completed a post-graduate Master of Health Sciences in the Graduate Clinical Program in Clinical Investigation at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Sevransky conducts clinical research in critically ill patients, with his primary interests being in sepsis and complications of sepsis such as septic shock and sepsis induced acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). He also has a developing research interest in factors that may modify the effects of investigational agents in critical care clinical trials.

Dr. Sevransky is the co-author of more than 75 scientific articles, reviews, book chapters, editorials and scientific abstracts. He serves as section editor for the journal Critical Care Medicine, and will be assuming the position of president elect of the internal medicine section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Sevransky teaches medical students, medical residents and pulmonary critical care fellows at Emory University and has mentored many residents, fellows, and affiliate providers over the past 10 years.

Wendy Wright, MD

  Wendy Wright

Wendy Wright, MD is the Medical Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown and an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery.  Raised in Texas, Dr. Wright went to college in Fort Worth at Texas Christian University where she majored in neuroscience and minored in political science.  She attended medical school at the University of Maryland.  She did subspecialty training in neurocritical care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and was on faculty there before moving to Atlanta in June of 2005.  She is board certified in neurology, vascular neurology, and neurocritical care.  She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Neurocritical Care Society on which she currently serves both on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Communications Committee, which oversees the Society's website and newsletter.  Her research is in sodium neurologic injury.  Other interests include patient safety and physician advocacy.  She is currently a student at Emory Law School pursuing a Juris Master degree.

Dr. Wright has made many appearances on CNN, CNN International, CNN Headline News, ABC News and the Weather Channel, as well as local news and radio channels.  She frequently provides commentary for, and the Associated Press.