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Center for Acute Respiratory Failure


About the Center

The Center for Acute Respiratory Failure is part of the Price Family Center for Comprehensive Chest Care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

At the Center, we offer state-of-the-art care for adult patients who rapidly develop respiratory failure – typically from acute respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, trauma, pulmonary embolism, or flare-ups of chronic lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, or cystic fibrosis.


Our services include the most advanced forms of mechanical ventilation and other specialized therapies to rescue patients with severe respiratory failure, including:

  • ECMO
  • Pulmonary Embolectomy and Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Patient Transfers
  • Research, Clinical Trials

Conditions We Treat

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Pneumonia
  • Trauma, including direct injury to the lungs
  • Sepsis (blood infection)
  • Acute episodes of asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Acute and chronic pulmonary thromboembolic disease
  • Other less common illnesses

Platinum Center of Excellence
1 of only 5 programs in the world to achieve this status



Center for Acute Respiratory Care

If you are a physician, please contact 1.800.NYP.STAT (1.800.697.7828) to have your patient transferred.

For general inquiries, please contact

For more information please visit the contact us page.

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