ECMO Program


What is ECMO for COVID-19?

October 21, 2020

You may think of ventilators as the last line of defense for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19. But that's not always the case. Next-level life support exists for some of the sickest patients struggling to recover from the novel coronavirus.



ECMO Support May Save Lives in COVID-19

October 19, 2020

New data from Columbia University and other ECMO centers throughout the world now show that more than 60% of severe COVID-19 patients who received ECMO have survived.



Dr. Tomoaki Kato: 'I Survived Because of Everybody's Hard Work'

May 27, 2020

The world-renowned transplant surgeon, who spent weeks fighting for his life after being hospitalized for COVID-19, credits his colleagues with saving him.



The Extremely Relatable Things These Health Care Workers Do to Make It Through the Impossible

May 6, 2020

For health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus, their days are anything but repetitive.



Coronarvirus Ground Zero: 'In 12 Days, the World Had Turned Upside Down'

May 4, 2020

In this exclusive Heart Magazines portfolio, meet the everyday heroes treating patients, cleaning rooms, and comforting families at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City.



Hopeful, Proud, Tired: How Frontline Workers Feel Fighting the COVID-19 Crisis

May 4, 2020

at the height of New York City's COVID crisis, photographer Benedict Evans and his assistant, Marion Grand, visited two of the biggest hospitals in Manhattan, Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia Presbyterian, to photograph 17 of the healthcare heroes working tirelessly to fight this pandemic.



New York Lung Doctors Rush to Spread Their Expertise to Other Physicians

April 10, 2020

Pulmonologists at some New York City hospitals are changing the ways they work to keep up with critically ill COVID-19 patients. They are changing who does what — and training lots of people.



Improvisation and Retraining May Be Key to Saving Patients in New York's ICUs

April 8, 2020

COVID-19 has required doctors to change the way they work and to spread their expertise more broadly to accommodate the enormous number of people who are severely ill with the virus.



The Remarkable Recovery of Kevin St. Clair

October 19, 2017

When multiple organs began to fail, this traveler was medevaced from South America to the U.S. — where he fought his way back to health.



This Radical New Method Regenerates Failing Lungs With Blood Vessels Intact

September 20, 2017

Save for the occasional burning pain that accompanies a run, most people don’t pay much attention to the two-leafed organ puffing away in our chests.



After Bariatric Surgery, ECMO SavesGlenn and Kathy posing for a photo

November 16, 2016

Glenn McMahon, a 56 year-old man from New Jersey, thought his bariatric surgery would only require an overnight stay. Following surgery, however, Glenn developed pneumonia and a severe form of the acute respiratory distress syndrome. He ended up in the intensive care unit fighting for his life

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From Miracle Patient to ECMO Ambassador

November 10, 2016

Prasha Tuladhar’s sneakers, horn-rimmed glasses, and chic cropped hair could be the hallmarks of any New Yorker: shiny, sharp, shrewd. Little would onlookers know that without NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s ECMO Program treating acute respiratory failure, Prasha would not be alive.



4th Annual ECMO Awareness FundraiserPerson with a microphone speaking under a pavilion

November 1, 2016

The 4th Annual ECMO Awareness Fundraiser, whose proceeds benefitted the Medical ECMO Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, had a soaring turnout on October 9th, 2016 in Nansen Park, Staten Island.



Nell Pritchard, Breathing Easy

August 9, 2016

Nell Pritchard battled cystic fibrosis her entire life.  She had a fairly normal childhood, despite her disease.  However, in 2011, her condition deteriorated rapidly.  It became clear that her only chance at survival was to receive a lung transplant.  The ECMO team raced against time to stabilize her and transport her to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia for her lifesaving transplant.



Platinum Center of Excellence Celebrationa group of people posing for a photo

July 13, 2016

On July 13th, we celebrated NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center's recent designation as a Platinum Level Center of Excellence for ECMO. NYP/CUMC is one in only five institutions in the world to receive the Platinum Award from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).