Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program

Exceptional care for life-threatening lung or heart conditions

Leaders in ECMO

Platinum Center of Excellence

One of the first three adult programs in the world to achieve Platinum status

NewYork-Presbyterian is a worldwide leader in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), providing exceptional care to patients with life-threatening lung or heart conditions. As one of the largest and most experienced programs in the world, we have received the highest awards from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), which recognizes expertise in life support. Our outcomes are among the best in the nation, with survival rates that exceed the national average.


Awards in ECMO

Our ECMO program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center was one of the first centers in the world. We are the only center in the tri-state area to achieve the Platinum Level Center of Excellence Award, signifying that our ECMO program meets the highest standards of care. In 2021, our ECMO program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, a first-time applicant for ELSO designation, proudly achieved the Gold Level Center of Excellence Award. In order to be recognized for these awards by ELSO, our ECMO programs had to meet rigorous requirements for program volumes, staffing structures, training and quality improvement initiatives, and patient support programs.


Innovation in ECMO

The ECMO programs of Columbia and Weill Cornell Medicine lead innovative clinical initiatives and research endeavors, allowing NewYork-Presbyterian to take a cutting-edge approach to ECMO and patient management. Our patients get unprecedented access to the most advanced treatments, and other institutions routinely transfer patients to NewYork-Presbyterian for ECMO support.

We’ve developed streamlined algorithms to deliver immediate and standardized ECMO care to patients--whether they are in the ambulance or aircraft (including ECMO transport), emergency department (ED), or the intensive care unit (ICU)--so that patients receive timely life-saving heart or lung care. We have led the field in developing and utilizing novel ECMO configurations to allow patients to maintain physical activity while awaiting heart or lung transplantation. Patients also have access to novel clinical trials and medications not readily available elsewhere. NewYork-Presbyterian frequently holds education sessions, training a large number of the ECMO specialists in the United States.

Awards & Recognition

Platinum Center of Excellence

One of the first three adult programs in the world to achieve Platinum status

ELSO Gold logo

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center achieved the Gold Level Center of Excellence Award from ELSO

American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet logo

NewYork-Presbyterian has been awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet, the highest national honor for nursing excellence.

Contact Us

NewYork-Presbyterian’s ECMO teams are available 24/7. To assist with immediate evaluation, physicians should contact:

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Adult ECMO Program

1-800-697-7828 1.800.NYP-STAT